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Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

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Literally like the Dauntless Girl and The Brothers (or Sisters I guess, girl power amirite) bear no similarity whatsoever to the source stories unless they're like fucking origin stories, the Panther's Tale (one of the only ones I sort of somewhat liked) springs from a tiny snippet of folklore about how a noble house got its motto, and the Fairy Midwife is just.

Most of the stories in 'Hag' are darker than I expected, not only because the heavy themes they often explore, but also because of certain meta-fiction element you can see especially see in the few stories.

The authors bring their own backgrounds and experience to these strange, vivid, atmospheric, distinct, different, haunting and weird stories, providing perfect reading matter for those long and dark Autumn and Winter nights. Short stories are particularly helpful when concentration ability is lower, such as it might be during lockdowns. These stories were wonderful imagined, some stronger than others but as a whole I thoroughly enjoyed the ride! Her latest book ‘Born Between Crosses’ is a sequence of Prose-Poetry celebrating the working lives of Working Class Women, published with Hypatia Publications 2021 and her latest short-story features in HAG: Forgotten Folk Tales published by Virago Press.

Gowar leaves it up to the reader to decide what is or isn't supernatural, but her adaptation of 'Old Farmer Mole' is chilling, violent and oddly hopeful. Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold is a collection of ten short stories or I should say re-tellings of ten short stories. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the Observer, the Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Mahsuda Smith is represented by The Panther’s Tale, which combines an anecdote linked to a Midlands’ aristocratic family’s coat of arms with shapeshifting legends drawn from the author’s Bengali folk heritage. Here are sisters fighting for the love of the same woman, a pregnant archaeologist unearthing impossible bones and lost children following you home.I love creepy stories, I love stories in which it is left up to the reader to decide whether what is happening is supernatural or the mind responding to trauma, and I love wlw, so it's no wonder I loved this one.

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