Reading some excellent stories from “Twice Upon A Time”

Fairy Tales, Myth and Folklore

Reimagined and Remastered

Twice upon a time_coverA few of the great stories I’ve read from the anthology so far…

Bog Trade – Bo Balder

(An excellent gem for humans and mythical monsters alike…)

The Screw-Up – AJ Bauers

(The absolute wildest Jack & The Beanstalk I’ve ever encountered… loved it!)

Forbidden Fruit – Carina Bisset

(The red shoes led me to a strange and fascinating place I didn’t want to leave, and you should join me there…)

The First Day of Winter – Rose Blackthorn

(This one caught me off-guard, and I was pleasantly surprised… twice!)

Wonderland’s Nightmare – S.M. Blooding

(Chaos in Wonderland? Oh yes, but there is a method to the madness…)

  I can’t wait to tell you about more of these amazing stories!!!

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“Ghosts: Revenge” – Everyone loves a good ghost story…

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“The Grays” – Do ‘The Grays’ live among us? We say YES…

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Twice Upon a Time: Fairytale, Folklore, & Myth. Reimagined & Remastered edited by Joshua Allen Mercier

William Petersen:

Another 5-star review for “Twice Upon A Time”

Originally posted on Lost in a Good Book:

Published: 13th February 2015Goodreads badge
Publisher:
 Bearded Scribe Press
Pages: 728
Format: ebook
Genre: Fairy tales
★   ★   ★   ★ – 5 Stars

Fairytales don’t always happen once upon a time. Fables don’t always have a happy ending. Sometimes the stories we love are too dark for nightmares. What if waking Sleeping Beauty was the worse thing the Prince could have done? What if Rapunzel wasn’t in that tower for her own protection—but for everyone else’s?

Assembled by The Bearded Scribe Press, Twice Upon A Time combines classics and modern lore in peculiar and spectacular ways. From Rapunzel to Rumpelstiltskin, this unique collection showcases childhood favorites unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

 Both traditionally-published and independent authors will take you on a whirlwind ride through fairytale and folklore, myth and magick. Cherished stories are revisited and remastered into newly-treasured tales of hope and heartache, of adversity and adventure.

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Ghosts: Revenge Anthology is Here !!!

Ghosts: Revenge

Published by JWK Fiction

Everyone Loves A Good Ghost Story

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You’ll find this collection both entertaining and haunting…

Drop by the Facebook page for the anthology!

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“The Grays” – Do ‘The Grays’ live among us? We say YES…

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“Twice Upon A Time” – Fairy Tales, Lore & Myth Reimagined and Remastered

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New Short Stories and more at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords!!!

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Ghosts: Revenge – Complete Author List

The complete author list for Ghosts: Revenge

Published by JWK Fiction

I am so pleased to participate in another of JWK’s great collections. Check out the list of talented writers I’ll be rubbing shoulders with in this very special anthology.

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Sometimes a ghost deserves a little revenge, often a ghost exacts revenge…

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“The Grays” – Do ‘The Grays’ live among us? We say YES…

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“Twice Upon A Time” – Fairy Tales, Lore & Myth Reimagined and Remastered

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New Short Stories and more at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords!!!

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Two Amazing Anthologies!!!

I am fortunate to be riding the coattails of some extremely talented authors in these two awesome collections:

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Looks so good in paperback… Get your copies now!

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“The Grays” – Do ‘The Grays’ live among us? We say YES…

THE GRAYS

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“Twice Upon A Time” – Fairy Tales, Lore & Myth Reimagined and Remastered

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New Short Stories and more at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords!!!

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Meet “Twice Upon A Time” Author Dale W. Glaser

CONTRARY to the title of this anthology, working with such a talented cast of writers is an opportunity that usually comes once in a lifetime. From best-selling to greenhorn, independent or traditionally-published, the authors in this anthology span all ranges in addition to spanning the globe—from England to Australia and all over the United States. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know each and every one of them, and they have become a part of my extended family. I’ve even caught a glimpse of a secret side of them that only another writer…editor…is privy to witness through their words.

Through this series of posts, I plan on introducing you to my new family through a mini-interview of each. You may not get a chance to see their secret side, but you’ll get a sneak-peek into their minds, their passions and inspirations, and what made them the writers they are today.

..The Mini Interview..

1. At what age did you start writing?

I always answer this question with “seven,” which is approximately right, and as close as I’m going to get since I don’t remember specifically. Maybe as young as six, maybe not until I was eight, somewhere around there. I can remember sitting at the kitchen table, writing and illustrating stories about an anthropomorphic raccoon and squirrel who were detectives/crimefighters, but not exactly how old I was. I can also remember writing a text-only fantasy story about warriors slaying a monster, specifically using the phrase “blood and guts,” which I was so proud of I asked my teacher if I could read it to the class. I’m reasonably sure that was third grade at the latest.

2. Which book introduced you to Speculative Fiction?

I feel like speculative fiction was always all around me. Star Wars came out before I turned three, I had a steady supply of superhero comic books as I was learning to read, and my favorite Saturday morning cartoons were things like Space Ghost and Thundarr the Barbarian. It’s probably more apt to say that speculative fiction was my gateway to reading grown-up novels at a young age, to get my fix of alternate world-building, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien was my entry point.

3. Do you have an all-time favorite book? What about it makes it your favorite?

It’s a toss-up between The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. In both cases I love the overall sense of humor of the work. They’re written by people who know and love spec-fic, and therefore recognize many of the things inherent to the genre which are fairly ridiculous. So they poke fun at the tropes, not mean-spiritedly, but while embracing them. It’s a neat and highly entertaining trick.

4. Which author and/or book inspired you to start writing?

When I was very young I started writing down the stories in my head just because it felt like the thing to do, but when I was a teenager I became utterly addicted to Stephen King. I had been reading novels by various authors for years, and I thought of short stories as assignments for English class, but King‘s collections like Night Shift and Skeleton Crew made me realize that writers didn’t have to spend years cranking out doorstop epics. That was the point at which I started getting serious about my own short fiction again.

5. What would you say is the most important lesson all writers should learn?

First drafts are supposed to be terrible, and no story can exist without running that gauntlet. I have heard other writers lament, and know I have felt the pains myself as well, how they start a story and can’t bear to finish it because it isn’t turning out as well as they’d hoped. An unfinished, abandoned story is such a shame. Better to plug away at the first draft and recognize it as one step in the process, finish it, take a breather, and come back to it. Alone or with help, a first draft can be reworked into a second, and ultimately into something worthwhile. It’s not easy, but if it were easy, everyone would do it, right?

6. Of the entire publishing process, which would you say is the most difficult aspect to endure?

Waiting for feedback, or in some cases having to live without it. In my ideal world, every time I started to write a story it would be because of a pre-existing demand, and every progress update I gave would bring a rapturous response, and once I got the story done I would be spoiled for choice of people with whom I could discuss the results. Instead, a story is written mostly in isolation, submitted blindly, and often as not rejected without comment. If it’s accepted, it still remains unseen for a long time during the production process, and then once it’s unleashed upon the world, it’s extremely unlikely to receive one percent of the attention that its creation took from me. Fortunately I tend to see having a story published at all as its own worthwhile reward, because if I waited for spontaneous praise I’d be in a near-constant state of disappointment.

7. From where did the inspiration for your submission arise?

To name-check the fairy tale that inspired my submission would give away one of the twists it’s built around, so I will coyly avoid specifics here. I will say that the concept of the anthology, not only re-telling fairy tales but mashing them up with other genres, was an inspiration itself, as I decided to take things in a dark science-fiction direction in order to create a rational explanation for the fantastic elements of the original. The original fairy tale is an old favorite of mine, largely because it was never Disney-fied. (I think it was probably adapted by other animation studios, but I never sought those out.) Nothing against the Disney classics, but there’s a lot of appeal in working with less well-covered source material.

8. If applicable, did you have a favorite character (to write) from your story? If so, what sets them apart from the others?

My story is largely a one-woman show, so obviously she’s my favorite. I did enjoy writing Melise, given her unique position as essentially a blank slate, not being acted upon by other characters, only reacting to her environment and driven by her internal desire to figure herself out.

9. On what projects are you currently working?

I have a story in the editing process now for the upcoming Pro Se anthology PIRATES AND MONSTERS. I’m also working on the next adventure of Kellan Oakes, private investigator and son of a druid, a sequel to his holiday adventure from the PulpWork Christmas Special 2014, which should be part of the 2015 edition. Lots of other unofficial stuff in the hopper, too. These days I’m never not writing!

Read Dale’s story, My Name is Melise, in your very own copy of Twice Upon A Time today!

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..About the Author..

DALE W. GLASER is a lifelong collector, re-teller and occasional inventor of fantasy tales. His short stories have previously been published in How the West Was Weird (Volumes II and III). He currently lives in Virginia with his wife and three children, none of whom have been definitively proven to be changelings (yet).

..Connect with the Author..

:) Thanks for dropping by, and stay tuned for more interviews and updates from Twice Upon A Time contributors! :) – W.P.

“Twice Upon A Time” Contributor Steven Anthony George

CONTRARY to the title of this anthology, working with such a talented cast of writers is an opportunity that usually comes once in a lifetime. From best-selling to greenhorn, independent or traditionally-published, the authors in this anthology span all ranges in addition to spanning the globe—from England to Australia and all over the United States. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know each and every one of them, and they have become a part of my extended family. I’ve even caught a glimpse of a secret side of them that only another writer…editor…is privy to witness through their words.

Through this series of posts, I plan on introducing you to my new family through a mini-interview of each. You may not get a chance to see their secret side, but you’ll get a sneak-peek into their minds, their passions and inspirations, and what made them the writers they are today.

..The Mini Interview..

1. At what age did you start writing?

I wrote stories when I was in elementary school that caught the attention of teachers and as a boy I often improvised bedtime stories for my sister. I did not begin writing fiction seriously, however, until I turned fifty, when I had decided to no longer pursue poetry and playwriting on a full-time basis.

2. Which book introduced you to Speculative Fiction?

I was first introduced to the genre in fifth grade when I read A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle. Much of that book influenced my writing as an adult, particularly in its loose treatment of time and space, and the reflection of universal concepts in very personal ones.

3. Do you have an all-time favorite book? What about it makes it your favorite?

My favorite novel has been The Other by Thomas Tryon. I never considered the book a horror story, but instead a morality tale about the consequences of indulgence. It fascinated me that boy’s delusion, which would be harmless in any other context, could destroy a family, almost an entire town. The book gave me my passion for the psychology of characters over their observable actions.

4. Which author and/or book inspired you to start writing?

It was not in fiction writers, but playwrights that I found inspiration. I found the language of Edward Albee and Tennessee Williams both strange and poetic and I wanted to write in a similar style.

5. What would you say is the most important lesson all writers should learn?

Pursue whatever kind of writing that you are the most passionate about. Write the way your heart tells you. Creative writing is an art and there are no rules in art. For every teacher who instructs a writer not to do a certain thing, there is a writer getting published who is doing that very thing.

6. Of the entire publishing process, which would you say is the most difficult aspect to endure?

The most difficult process is just getting a first draft finished. It is easy to begin writing and a simple task to revise what is whole, but seeing a story to completion and to my satisfaction is a challenge.

7. If applicable, did you have a favorite character (to write) from your story? If so, what sets them apart from the others?

I can quite honestly say that I have no favorite character among those I have created. The majority are either pathetic, immoral, or merely insane and I don’t like them. There is a character in the yet unpublished “Cannibalism” named Dmitri, however, who I admire because his combination of apparent innocence and clever insight.

8. On what projects are you currently working?

After I decided to change genres from poetry and short plays to short stories, I began adapting my plays and some of my longer poems to short stories in order to complete a collection for publication.

Read Steven’s story, Patient Griselda, in your very own copy of Twice Upon A Time today!

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..About the Author..

STEVEN ANTHONY GEORGE is a poet and short story writer who finds inspiration largely from historical events, visual art, and film. His work has appeared in Poet’s Haven, Houston & Nomadic Voices, and Cleaver Magazine, among others. In addition to having a story in Twice Upon A Time, his short story “Genevieve from the River” just recently appeared in Diner Stories, an anthology published by Mountain State Press.
Mr. George is active in the autism community and lectures on the topic of autism spectrum disorders. Formerly a resident of Dunkirk, NY and Marathon, FL, he now resides in Fairmont, WV where he works as a case manager for a homeless recovery program.

..Connect with the Author..

:) Thanks for dropping by, and stay tuned for more interviews and updates from Twice Upon A Time contributors! :) – W.P.