A collection of short fiction by Jen Frankel
From a tiny village hidden by magic from war to a strange forest with no end, from a young woman questing for a book that doesn’t exist to a homemade Tarot deck that, in the wrong hands, warps the very fabric of reality.
These are not destinations for the faint of heart, but don’t worry. Come in, friends: how could shadows hurt you?
He Is Fifteen
A young teacher walks the line with a deadly fixation on a student.
The FBI’s newest recruit can look into the minds of murderers – but she doesn’t agree on who are the dangerous ones.
The Inner Life of Owl Woman
A strange friendship between a superheroine and supervillainess bears the oddest of fruit.
Determined to save a young man from being kidnapped, a girl discovers she is not playing the part in the drama that she believed.
On a camping trip, a bullied girl remakes her destiny, with horrific results.
A pair of biologists dare to bring a child into their jungle world, but the jungle will claim her for its own.
A Small World
When the world seems too small, a woman finds she can step right out of it.
Dialogue With Snakes
A young stage manager enters the “Endless Forest” determined to be the first to make it through, or perhaps never return.
A Christmas in Arabia
After all its adults are called to war, a mystical snow descends on a tiny desert town.
From Blood & Magic
The Orange-Sky Storm
Deep in the country, one young boy apprentices himself to a magician, and his brother must bear the cost.
A Girl’s First Grimoire
Maggie Stuart, desperate to claim her occult legacy, searches for a book that doesn’t exist in a place it can’t be.
364 Days a Year
Cassandra can see on one day a year – with her eyes and her second sight. Now, if only everyone will leave her alone long enough to do a jigsaw puzzle!