A Brackish Shore // Magic at Midnight

Seek what you want and find what you need…


At a carnival by the water’s edge, Sella the Seer passes her days reading fortunes for the strange souls who drift through the midway. She’s learned that everyone is hungry for something in their cards—wealth, admiration, power, adoration—because she was hungry once too. Hungry enough to unshackle herself from a haunted childhood and chase the shimmering caravan lights that promised a haven for her talents, hungry enough to claw her way out of the canteen tents and into an act of her own, hungry enough to sell gossamer hopes to her starving clients with a hook at the end to always reel them back in. But one faithful visitor, a silent young woman with a scream of red hair, has her suddenly craving again. Now Sella wonders what it is they both want from their sessions and what they are—what she is—willing to do to keep it.

This queer reimagining of the Sea Witch from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” is part of Magic at Midnight, an anthology of fairy tale retellings from the authors of Snowy Wings Publishing.

About the Anthology

Once upon a time is eternal…

Turn the pages and fall into the enchanting worlds of beloved, age-old fairy tales made new again in this fifteen-story collection from Snowy Wings Publishing.

A girl with long, long hair is trapped in an attic, ensnared by promises of immortality, the radio her only companion. An android wants to believe in her life, that the feelings she has are real—and that she might be just as beautiful as her famous stepsister. A gamer must save her true love from the mysterious, dark entity that has ensnared him in their MMORPG. A modern teen is lured to the fantastical Land of the Dolls, and only her own cunning can help her escape. These are just a few of the bewitching tales found within Magic at Midnight.

From sci-fi to fantasy, contemporary to historical, paranormal and more, there’s a fairy tale retelling in this collection for every reader. Featuring stories from bestselling and award-winning YA authors as well as emerging voices, this anthology will take you to distant worlds and back again—all just familiar enough to make you feel at home.

Publication Information

Snowy Wings Publishing (May 29, 2018)
Young Adult Short Stories
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-946202-79-6
Edited by Lyssa Chiavari and Amy McNulty
Illustrations by MunkyWrench, Kathy Ferrell, and Kelelowor

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