Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Fairy tale film noir on acid
Fairy tales are dark, and bloody and full of menace and gore, a fact which seems sadly forgotten in the frilly Disney-fied versions that fill our modern setting. Four and Twenty Blackbirds, the working title of my first book, is set in a world where the fairy tales, that we know and love, have grown up and have gone to spawn little tales of their own.
So far this book has been more than half a decade in the making. It’s only in the past couple of years that I’ve knuckled down to complete it. Within it, there is a mixture of the classic fairy tale, sitting alongside myths and legends. There are names from poetry, fable, as well as a few familiar modern characters. I’ve also invented some rip-rolicking tropes of my own.
I hope to live up to the old tales of darkness and gore, and sprinkle them with satirical amusement: playing with concepts, words and minds.
I’ll keep you updated with my progress.
A few of my personal favourite posts pondering 4&20 are:
- Which Witch?
- Retired Leprechaun and Curious Observer: Jupp Quegley Treatise
- “Blackbirds” Erin McKeown
- Writing in a Fad Driven Market
- Don’t Piss Off the Fairies
My Pinterest Page setting out inspiration for 4&20BBs: