Thursday, October 31, 2013

For Your Late Night Halloween Storytelling: “The Tale of the Boy Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was”

This is actually courtesy of the smart and talented Cate Fricke at Something To Read For the Train, and is so perfect for today, that I'm re-blogging a portion before sending you over to her site to read the rest.

This is a "freewrite" inspired by the perfect-for-Halloween Grimm's tale:
004. The Tale of the Boy Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was
*This post is part of A Grimm Project, a series of short fiction pieces using each of the Brothers Grimms’ Nursery and Household Tales as writing prompts. For more information about the project, click here. For more about the story which inspired this freewrite, click here.* 
When the bed stopped its bucking and the cats had gone to find milk, I straightened my suspenders and set off to explore the final wing of the castle. What fun I’d had so far—sheets askew and cards scattered, the castle had the look of a gaming den. One final hallway, one final door. I rapped my knuckles loudly, and the door gave way. 
Ah, it’s you, someone said. 
I could see no one in the dark. The voice was quiet and raspy. 
Nursing a cold there, eh, sir? I said. 
I heard a scratching noise near my feet. Fumbling in my pockets, I found the last match and lit it against my shoe sole. The small light flickered—two eyes looked up at me from the stone floor, reflecting the match’s dance...
Go HERE to read the rest of todays delicious entry and don't forget to also click on the link to Cate's notes and thoughts on the original tale.

BUT before you leave - please make sure you ALSO check out her inspired and wonderful Grimm Project, of which this story is a part.

I have been remiss in not mentioning it till now but it's one of those wonderful things I felt deserved more than a quick mention and, as a result, intimidated myself out of writing anything about it at all (when really I should be doing the exact opposite *red face*).

By the way, if you're looking for something to kick you into NaNoWriMo, which starts TOMORROW - this would be a perfect starting point!

Here's an excerpt from the "about' page to whet your writing appetite.

... read the rest at The Grimm Project HERE.

And Happy Halloween...


  1. Thanks so much for posting about the project! I'm hoping to have readers contribute their own freewrites in the comments, so I'm thrilled to have it shared on your site. Thanks again!

  2. Thanks for posting about the project! I'm hoping to have others join in with freewrites in the comments, so I appreciate any shout-outs. Thanks again!

  3. Thanks for posting about the project! I'm hoping to have others join in by posting freewrites in the comments, so I appreciate the shout-out. Thanks again!

  4. Thank you for posting about the project! I'd really love others to join in by posting freewrites in the comments over at A Grimm Project, which I'll include in a special post, so I appreciate the shout-out. In other news, I've been trying to post this comment (or similar) about 3 times in the last 2 days - your settings are fortress-like! Fingers crossed this one takes...

  5. Aaand they all posted at once. Facepalm.