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We all know the fairy stories from childhood…beautiful heroine meets handsome mysterious hero; they fall in love, marry, and live happily ever after…or do they?
Even though times have changed, we still have the deep longing to be desired above all by a demon lover, the bad boy, the vampire, the one whom we are not supposed to find ultimate happiness with. In these retellings of The Goose Girl, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Beauty and the Beast, and a Selkie Legend, Caroline Aubrey re-imagines these stories for a modern world; the same horrors facing women in the old world face them in the new one, but this time there is a twist: to survive the horror of the Bloody Chamber, we must keep our wits about us and rely upon the strength of women to do so.
Dressed head to toe in fine wine-colored velvet, her luxu-rious, deep black hair pulled back in jeweled combs made from sea shells, Beauty found her appetite was ravenous. She ate spiced meats and drank sweet wine. The Beast entertained her with stories of magic and myth, of brave men and warrior women from other lands, with tales of fairies and witches and enchantments far older than time itself. Beauty found herself growing accustomed to his gentle manner, which was in sharp contrast to his terrifying appearance. The Beast had even per-suaded her to sing for him, and she cradled the golden lute in her soft hands, and sang a song about a lonely man whose chil-dren had left him to die in the craggy rocks. Beauty’s tear-stained voice shook when she finished the haunting melody, her voice fading to nothing. When silence fell around them like snow falling on trees, Beauty began to think about her fa-ther and her brothers and her sisters, and in a small, choked voice, asked the Beast if she might retire.