by Berit Ellingsen
Throughout history our fear of and desire to control death has raised empires and broken gods. What’s dominated the past is sure to follow in the future. Even in the Anthropocene, the global epoch of humankind, the planet is in the throes of a sixth period of mass extinction. Here is a collection of dark fables and modern fairytales, inspired by Scandinavian folk tales and the work of H.C. Andersen, about death, the dead, and our relationship to both, to celebrate the living and remind us that only one thing is certain in life.
North American publisher: Snuggly Books, March 2017
Foreign rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Film/TV rights contact: Rachel Crawford, Wolf Literary Services
Viewpoints shift throughout the collection, offering unique angles and meditations on hostile worlds. The variety of settings and characters shows an impressive imagination at work.”—Publishers Weekly
Ellingsen’s work is some of the most exquisite, darkly beautiful fiction you’re ever likely to encounter. Minimalist in structure, yet spilling over with symbolism, themes and weighty truths, Ellingsen’s fiction is uncanny and her style is instantly recognizable … Lush, crystalline and animalistic.”—Small Press Book Review
A great read for those who enjoy descriptive, speculative fiction with an element of dark fantasy. Her ability to write vivid scenes and sinister story lines makes me curious to see what this author can achieve in a full-length book.”—World Literature Today