The Scarlet Slippers

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In the land of the Sand Riders, where women go veiled from top to toe, there lived a young man who dreamed of love....
John William Godward “The New Perfume” 1914. Wikimedia Commons.

And Maidens Call It Love-In-Idleness

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Children! To perform this nifty trick, ask your mother for a shelled-out lemon, balled-up handkerchiefs, a vial of perfume, fire, and a pistol. “I...

The Tree and She

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  In her first memory of this life, she clutched two pecans in her small hands. Warm brown with tabby cat black stripes, dry and...
From Stories from the Arabian nights retold by Laurence Houseman; with drawings by Edmund Dulac. Wikimedia Commons.

My Arabian Superheroin

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Every time my writing gets stuck, I ask myself, “How would Scheherazade get out of this?” Of course, she would know what to do. That’s...

Brokenhearted: A fairy tale by Alice Hoffman

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Short Story from Issue #35 Summer 2016   This is the way she knew he was gone: The door was open. His boots were missing. The...
Charles Vess

Father Christmas and the Tomten

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Written and Illustrated by Charles Vess From Issue #29 - digital // print Come closer and listen well, for I have a tale to tell. For...

The Holly King

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Illustration by Guinevere von Sneeden Wassail, drink hail to the sleeping trees blanketed in a white cloak of snow, under the dark of night. Leave the warmth...

An excerpt from The Rules of Magic

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By Alice Hoffman Illustration by Charles Vess Article from the Autumn Issue #40 - Subscribe or Buy Issue The most glorious hour in Manhattan was when twilight...

An excerpt from The Wind in His Heart

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She scrambled up the bank of the wash and ran across a dirt yard, right up to the front door of the witch’s house....

Courage Tea

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 “They mixed henna with limes, roses, tea, and eucalyptus and let it simmer overnight, for henna’s hue reflects the strength of love of a...