I was very pleased when my Slavic folklore inspired short story, Baba Yaga and the Ailing Child, was chosen, alongside my guest foreword, for inclusion in the Kyanite Press Journal of Speculative Fiction: Fables and Fairy Tales Winter Digest. It tells the tale of a community, living on the edge of the woodland inhabited by the notorious and feared Baba Yaga, and of the three men who would seek a remedy from her in order to cure a dying infant in their village.
I have to say, that my story is in great company, though, if I was to pick out one amongst them that was the most compelling, it would be that of Black Witch Hen by Hanson Oak, whose story deservedly won the ‘featured’ spot in the digest. It is set in 1692 and the time of the Salem witch trials, and it offers up an originally dark tale that examines the culture of the time and starts to unpick some big questions such as the nature of good vs. evil, and of morality. For those looking for a new author of interest, you can check Hanson out here.
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