From World Fantasy Award finalist L.S. Johnson comes a fairy tale retelling about revenge, grief, and healing.
In lush, elegant prose, Johnson tells the story of Apple, a thirteenth fairy born for an unknown purpose. A violent encounter with a king changes her life forever, and sets her on a journey that threatens herself, the newborn princess Rose, and the future of the kingdom. But even the darkest promises can have unexpected consequences.
Weaving together elements of both popular and obscure tales, Apple is for all of us who found ourselves in the dark woods of pain and grief.
This novelette first appeared in F Is for Fairy. Cover art by Karen Cairns. This chapbook will be available through September 30, 2021.