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. . . it’s fairly simple. We read a whole lot. A whole lot.

I promised after I finished “Sword of Fate” that I would list what inspired each of the ten short stories that comprises my “For a Few Gold Pieces More” collection.

I really was trying to find some variations of folk tales that weren’t as well known as some of their counterparts or else I wanted to find a non-Celtic/Greek/Norse/Egyptian myth to build off of . For example, “Skin the Cat” is an amalgamation of Catskin and Donkeyskin, which are both variations on the Cinderella story (but definitely darker). A couple of the stories were also mashes – “Shades of Blue” was a combination of the legend of Bluebeard and Dracula. “Sword of Fate” was a combination of the legend of Tyrfing and Superwoman from Yorba mythology, and so on.

So, without any further ado, the list:

#1) The Demon’s Head – (United States)
I made this one up on my own – no folktale here *grin* It’s my homage to Fritz Lieber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.

#2) The Mountain of Ice – The Snow Maiden (Japan)
Yuki-onna – http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0703.html

#3) Shades of Blue – Bluebeard/Dracula (France/Great Britian)
Bluebeard – http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0312.html
http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/bluebeard/index.html
Dracula – Dracula, Bram Stoker

#4) Hunters in Darkness – The Wild Hunt (Celtic/German)
The Wild Huntsmen – http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/huntsman.html

#5) The Black School – The Black School (Iceland)
The Black School – http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type3000.html#saemund

#6) Pearls of Water – The Swan Maiden (Sweden)/The Peacock Maiden (China)
The Swan Maiden – http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/swan.html
The Peacock Maiden – http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/…/sto…/peacockmaiden.html

#7) Ripples in the Pool – Melusina (Germany, Luxembourg)
Melusina – http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/melusina.html

#8) Wings of Fire – The Firebird (Russia)
Tsarevitch Ivan, the Fire Bird, and the Gray Wolf – http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/firebird/index.html

#9) Skin the Cat – Catskin/Donkeyskin
Catskin – http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/donkeyskin/…/catskin.html
Donkeyskin – http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/donkeyskin/index.html

#10) Sword of Fate – Tyrfing (Norse)/Superwoman (Yorba)
Tyrfing – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrfing
Superwoman – My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Amos Tutola

Hopefully, you’ll enjoy reading about the original legends and hopefully I was reasonably faithful to the source material.

 

 

Originally published at Richard C. White. Please leave any comments there.

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