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The Ghost of Christmas Past inspired short story: The Gift


The Gift by Dorlana Vann 1873 At first Cynthia was afraid to look out the window. She was afraid she would see the ghostly figure out by the horses again, stirring them up, making them run and complain. But she was expecting someone; she had to look. The speck of hope that the person riding …

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Short Story: Forbidden Beach


Thumbelina + Mermaids = Forbidden Beach by Dorlana Vann   I knew what lurked beyond the trees even before I opened the car door: the forbidden, barricaded beach. Even though I lived only a few miles away, I had never stood so close. Leaning against the car, the wind ruffled my hair as nerves tangled …

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“The Little Mermaid” Inspired Short Story


His Soul Inspiration by Dorlana Vann   “Have you read this?” My husband, Philip, held the book of fairy tales I had bought from a used bookstore for my niece’s ninth birthday. “Well, not that one, but I’ve read fairy tales before,” I said as I shut the door and stepped out of my heels. …

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TBT Short Story: The Gift (Inspired by The Ghost of Christmas Past)


Before I started writing my short story, The Gift, I knew the inspiration: The Ghost of Christmas Past from “A Christmas Carol” the genre: western with a touch of steampunk, and I even knew how I wanted it to end. But I was stuck, stalled right at the beginning. So my daughter suggested that I …

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Zombie and the Beast – a fairy tale inspired short story for Halloween


Beauty and the Beast + Zombies = Zombie and the Beast a  supernatural fairy tale by  Dorlana Vann She opened and closed her mouth a couple of times, loosening her jaw, before she spoke. “You can’t be serious. Marriage is no longer something we can consider.” He stood far away, at the other end of …

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Short Story: Silverweed Muffins by Dorlana Vann


Below is the short story, “Silverweed Muffins”, which was inspired by “Little Red Riding Hood”, which in turn inspired my YA novel, Silverweed. I used some of the same background and plotlines for the book that I had used in the short story. In addition, when I drafted the longer version, I added a theme …

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Short Story: The Vampire’s New Suit + Free EBook


The following short story inspired by The Emperor’s New Clothes,  is one of the short stories from my collection: Supernatural Fairy Tales. The Kindle eBook will be Free August 5, 2014.  Amazon US (Kindle) Amazon.Co.UK (Kindle) Amazon.de (Kindle) Fairy tale inspired paranormal short stories. fairy tale + paranormal element = supernatural fairy tale. These 9 Supernatural Fairy Tales …

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