Visit the YouTube video for “Ratpunzel,” a story from THE SPIDERWEB TREE: https://youtu.be/33hkIK1hPYk
THE SPIDERWEB TREE
by Mark McLaughlin. 99 cents to buy on Kindle. FREE on Kindle Unlimited. Available as a paperback.
The 18 Spiderweb Tree stories in this collection are twisted retellings of classic fairy tales and folklore, so they are not for kids. Those old folktales were in need of serious updating. In this version, the Wolf takes over from Prince Charming in wooing Ashley, the drag queen who replaces Cinderella.
In a distant forest near a swamp stood a dead oak tree filled with spiderwebs. Among the tree’s branches sat a silver-eyed magic man, who played a major role in the personal evolution of the Wicked Queen. These stories include “Hansel & Gristle,” “The Shoemaker’s Unpaid Interns,” “The Secret Last Name Of The Psychic Alchemist,” “Horror House Of Thumb,” “The Musical Rat-Catcher,” “Little Big-Nosed Woodenhead,” “Ashley,” “The Tabby Who Enjoyed Wearing Shoes,” and more.
This collection includes five more tales – “The Lady With Little Friends In Her Hair And Other Urban Legends.” An urban legend is part of a modern brand of folklore, in which tales are circulated as true, and they often reflect the perils and anxieties found in society. The urban legends found here include “The Kid Whose Pet Wasn’t Really A Dog,” “The Guy Who Never Left The Mall,” “The Woman Who Found A Surprise In Her Pop Can,” and more.