Illustration for ‘Paths of Desire’

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‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ stories – ‘Paths of Desire’. Finola Scott’s fairytale tells the story of another young selkie, ripped from her ocean home to become a wife to a human male as the folklore dictates. He promises to do anything to make her happy but as she fails to bear him a child over the following months, the pressures of trying to conceive begin to take their toll…

‘Paths of Desire’ sits alongside 16 other short fairytale-inspired stories in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ published by Mother’s Milk Books. Copies are available from their online store.

Illustration for ‘The Worm’

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‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ stories – ‘The Worm’. Sarah Hindmarsh’s tale retells the story of the Lambton Worm from English Folklore, an eel-like creature unwittingly caught by Lord John Lambton whilst fishing. Initially in fear of the monster, Lord John begins to feel a strange affection for the beast, but as the creature grows and becomes more vicious in its Master’s absence, the people of Lambton begin to suffer the consequences of John’s actions.

Sarah Hindmarsh is the author of the ‘Animal Adventures’ series and her first book ‘The Mouse Who Howled at the Moon’ was shortlisted for the SpaSpa independent book awards. ‘The Worm’ appears alongside 16 other short stories in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ published by Mother’s Milk Books. Copies are available from their online store.

Illustration for ‘Lilasette’

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The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2′ illustrations – ‘Lilasette’. Beneath a lilac tree, the flowers’ aroma sweet in the air, a young woman, Rose, gives birth to a baby girl. She names her ‘Lilasette’ and clutches her close for Rose knows the child will soon be taken away, and she herself will be killed…
Ronne Randall’s fairytale is one of hatred and happiness, utter devotion and supreme jealously and most of all portrays the strength of a mother’s love… for better or worse.

‘Lilasette’ sits alongside 16 other short stories in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’, published by Mother’s Milk Books. Copies are available on their online store.

Illustration for ‘Icarus’

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The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2′ illustrations – ‘Icarus’.
‘Once there was a man who wanted to fly…’ Inspired by the real-life stories of Allied prisoners in World War II, N.J.Ramsden’s tale portrays the emotion and hardship suffered by imprisoned military personnel and their desperate desire for freedom.

N.J.Ramsden’s works include the novels ‘Nothing’s Oblong’ and ‘Scissors, Paper, Stone’ and screenplay ‘Tell Me Lies About Love’. ‘Icarus’ appears alongside 16 other short stories in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’, published by Mother’s Milk Books and is available from their online store.
Visit N.J.Ramsden’s blog for more creative musings.

Illustration for ‘Seal Woman’

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‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ illustrations – ‘Seal Woman’. Selkies are mythological seal-like creatures, widespread through British and Irish folklore, that shed their skins and assume human form when on land. Rachel Rivett’s tale follows a young selkie, captured by a human male on her first trip to the land and her years of longing to return to the sea. For to steal a selkie’s sealskin is to keep her captive. Without it she can never return home and must stay on dry land to yearn for the ocean in her weakening human form…

‘Seal Woman’ appears alongside 16 other short stories in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’, published by Mother’s Milk Books. Copies are available from their online store.

Illustration for ‘Mirror, Mirror’

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‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ illustrations – ‘Mirror, Mirror’. Laura Kayne’s retelling of fairytale classic ‘Snow White’ takes us back to the beginning, before the apple and the envy, right back to where a young princess meets her soon to be stepmother. The new Queen is young and fair, as society expects her to be, but as she struggles with her new position, royal duties, befriending her stepdaughter and keeping up her public image with the aid of a treacherous mirror, the familiar tale of obsession, hatred and jealously begins to emerge…

‘Mirror, Mirror’ appears along with 16 other short stories in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’, published by Mother’s Milk Books. Copies are available from their online store.

Illustration for ‘Jungle Goddess’

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‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ illustrations – ‘Jungle Goddess’. What is a Goddess? A symbol of hope? A nameless power without need of compassion? Or a young girl, with her own personality, her own soul and her own name? Anuradha Gupta’s tribal tale plunges the reader into the mystical depths of the jungle. The full moon is rising, superstitions and expectation hum in the air and the hopes of a village rest on the shoulders of a young girl, a young girl who must sacrifice everything she is in order to become the Jungle Goddess and bring good fortune to all.

In 2013, Anuradha published a collection of her own poetry and artworks entitled ‘New Moon Rising’ and she writes regularly about her heritage on her blog.

‘Jungle Goddess’ is her first fictional piece and appears alongside 16 other short stories in ‘The Forgotten and the Fantastical 2’ published by Mother’s Milk Books, available from their online shop.