“The Man who Married Bluebeard’s Daughter”
He told me about the young lady who’d moved in early this morning. I had woken up late and spent the rest of the day holed up in my studio, which was a corner room facing away from the house in question.
I was unaware of any commotion, absorbed as I was in applying the final touches to a painting I was supposed to deliver yesterday.
But I needn’t have worried about missing anything; Hatim, who lived two streets down from my house, filled me in. He was the local crystal ball when it came to women.
She was, he informed me, a singular beauty. Also she had the most peculiar shade of hair.
“Peculiar how?” I asked.
“From what I’ve heard, she has blue hair.”
“While You were Sleeping”
Crow’s feet creased her eyes, grooves bracketed her mouth, the gold of her hair had transmuted to silver, but when she smiled, the sixteen-year-old girl who’d been his dear friend shown through.
He need not head out into the dawn for Dawn had come knocking on his door. As inexplicable as it was, it was true. It was her. It was Aurora.
Interview with Claudia Quint
After Happily Ever After: Rohit Sawant Brings Life to Bluebeard
January 11, 2017
If you haven’t heard about the After Happily Ever After anthology, this interview series is a front row seat into the creative minds of the authors who have re-envisioned the fairy tale world beyond the final credits. Rohit Sawant takes the chilling tale of Bluebeard past its limits and muses on familial legacy.
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Guest Post at Transmundane Press’s Blog
Of Retellings by Rohit Sawant
October 22, 2016
We’ve all come across them. People who believe fairy tales are something you “grow out of” rather than “grow up with.” The former are also the ones who emphatically declare that they won’t be reading fairy tales to their daughters or sons. Doing so only sets up unrealistic expectations, prejudices, and some of those stories can be pretty damn violent, too. And you’ll get no argument from me there. Those things do hold true. Take most Golden Age Disney animated features, for instance, where princesses pining after true love have perfect hair and waistlines like table legs, and the idolization of the Prince Charming figure. And of course, anyone who’s fat or isn’t young and traditionally good looking (whatever that is) is obviously evil or a stooge/side kick, right?
These interpretations, which pandered to a male chauvinistic society, might have become synonymous with fairy tales, but they only brush the surface of that deep pool, and there’s a wealth to mine below the ripples. A…
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