Last month I added another short story to my website. This one, “Elf Hill” was published in 2014 in an anthology called “Magical: An Anthology of Fantasy, Fairy Tales, and Other Magical Fiction,” edited by Kelly Jacobson.
While the story riffs off an old fairy tale theme, the village woodcutter, it adds a very contemporary spin to the story—along with a twist at the end.
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Here’s the first paragraph:
“Harno hefted his axe and moved cautiously up the hill as dusk crept through Eythorne Wood. The forest was silent. Creatures that should have been settling with May’s evening twitters and calls were instead hiding from a brilliant light no fire had made. Felling the blasted oak had taken longer than Harno had planned, delaying his journey home, but the bright white light ahead held darkness at bay and stopped his tired feet. Something terrible had come to the valley between him and the village.”
I can’t really tell you more without spoiling the story and you definitely want to enjoy the twist at the end.
Click on “Elf Hill” to read the rest of the story and find out what happens to Harno when he’s on his way home after a hard day of woodcutting.
If you like this story, try “Voices in the Dark,” also free to read.