Truly Grim Tales by Priscilla Galloway

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The story that I intended to eat them is a fabrication. People will make up anything I did intend to observe them closely under conditions of stress, and more blood would have been very useful to me.

In the end, I would probably have let them go back home. Their father, my husband, was making my life as wretched as his own. In the end, it would have been a choice between having the children back and pretending (for a while) to be a happy-ever-after fairy-tale family, or getting rid of all three of them and moving on.

from "The Prince"

Suddenly I looked down. The current damsel was gloriously attired in something with pearls and ermine trim.I hardly saw her dress. My eyes fixed on her feet.

Glass! I could see right through her shoes!

I stopped immediately. She almost fell. I steadied her.

My eyes had not left her feet as they nestled like twin birds in their delicate little cages. Such feet! Oh, Stephen, you'd have loved them too. How I longed to put them into the footbath, to pour in the perfumed oil!

The music stopped. Everything stopped.
 

About Priscilla Galloway

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Priscilla Galloway is a witty and scholarly writer, storyteller and educator whose work has received numerous awards. This is the fourth title in the acclaimed "Tales of Ancient Lands" series, following "Aleta and the Queen: A Tale of Ancient Greece"; "Atalanta, The Fastest Runner in the World"; and "Daedalus and the Minotaur,
 
Published January 1, 1995 by Lester Publishing. 132 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Other apparent villains turn out to be nothing of the sort: the misshapen little man in ``The Name'' is the queen's real father, and the giant that Jack eludes is dying of a wasting disease that can only be halted by human bone meal (``Blood and Bone'').

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Nearly operatic in their conception and accomplished in their execution, these stories could also serve as a guide to young writers: their inventive, vigorous exploration of familiar territory easily stimulates the reader's own imagination.

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