With the ghoulish title of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, what's not to love? This little gem is an anthology of re-told fairy tales edited by Kate Bernheimer, and a perfectly delicious macabre read for the Halloween season chosen by Andrew Thornton, our fearless leader of Inspired by Reading Book Club.
This book brought back memories of my childhood and my introduction to fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. My father would take me to our local library every week to fill my voracious need to read. One especially cold California winter I happened to choose an old musty leather-bound book of fairy tales by Christensen published in the late 19th century. What really caught my eye were the grotesque illustrations of demons dancing around an evil mirror in The Snow Queen, quite a shocking sight for an eight year old Catholic school girl who mused "Am I really allowed to read this?" "Yes, you may." replied Dad. What sort of dreadful things would I read and dream of if I read these seemingly forbidden stories? I thought I had gotten away with a Mortal Sin!
I decided to create a necklace that represents the mirror before it became contaminated by evil in my hand made pendant that depicts beautiful flowers. The wire wrapped crystal represents the shards of broken mirror and the chaos of distorted vision that ensues.
Be sure to read all the participants blogs to see their creations, and Happy Halloween dreams!
Mary K McGraw