Supernatural Fairy Tales : a collection of Dorlana’s short stories
There are 9 short stories, which were inspired by classic fairy tales – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Rumpelstilzchen, The Little Mermaid and more. These short stories are not retellings of the original tales but were inspired by them. They are paranormal themed stories about vampires, ghosts, mermaids, witches, etc., in genres ranging from romance to thriller. And fair warning: they don’t always have a happy ending.
Supernatural Fairy Tales – a collection of paranormal short stories by Dorlana Vann
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Fairy tale inspired paranormal short stories.
fairy tale + paranormal element = supernatural fairy tale.
When I first started my blog Supernatural Fairy Tales, I used it as a means of inspiration. I challenged myself at the beginning of the month by having to pick a classic fairy tale and a supernatural element, and I had until the end of the month to write a short story (sometimes a poem) and then post it to the blog. (Except for His Soul Inspiration which was written for and published in Enchanted Conversation.) My basic formula: fairy tale + paranormal element = supernatural fairy tale.
Recently, I’ve changed directions and have been more focused on novels, so I pulled these short stories from the blog and organized them. I realized that over the years I had written 23 short stories. I’m happy with most of them, but then there were a few that went into the “outdated” or “yikes” pile. What was left easily fell into two categories: light and dark. And from those two groups, I realized most of my favorites were in the darker pile.
I ended up with 9 stories that I’ve included in this collection, Supernatural Fairy Tales. These short stories are not retellings of the original tales but were inspired by them. They are paranormal themed stories about vampires, ghosts, mermaids, witches, and more, in genres ranging from romance to thriller. And fair warning: they don’t always have a happy ending.
Below are all the titles with the story inspirations and the reason I picked them for the anthology.
If You Feed a Wolf – Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This is one of my favorites because it was experimental. I just let myself be free to write without a real plan. As far as what I took from the original story: it reminded me of how I feel in dreams – so some of the things that happen in this story are taken from my actual dream journal.
The Vampire’s New Suit – Inspired by The Emperor’s New Clothes. I just like this one because it’s fun.
Blueberry Eyes – One of my very first supernatural fairy tales. I’m not going to say which fairy tale this one was inspired by because it would give away the ending.
The Gift – Inspired by The Ghost of Christmas Past from “A Christmas Carol.” This one was one of my favorites because I wrote the entire story backwards – line by line – It was my daughter’s idea to write it that way because I was stuck. I also like it because it is my first and only western – and it has a touch of steampunk and ghosts.
If it weren’t for Bad Luck – Inspired by Rumpelstilzchen. You see, I have this theory about luck..