The icy wind outside screeched and wailed like a banshee seeking to devour children’s souls. Frosted windows rattled in their frames so hard the glass threatened to shatter. The camels and horses tied to the posts in front of the Tsas Ber Tavern whickered and spat their displeasure at being left exposed in such inhospitable weather.
‘The Snow Bride’ by J.M. Ames, part of the anthology Mirrors & Thorns is now available worldwide in paperback and eBook.
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“… the ending … felt like it combined aspects of Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd, and The Thénardiers from Les Miserables. That story twist saved it for me.”
“I enjoyed Snow Bride immensely”
- This was originally a flash fiction piece written for a contest between friends (it lost). This version is more than twice as long as that original one.
- The fantastical, snowy land is based off Mongolia, and most of the foreign words spoken are in fact Mongolian. The olgoi-khorkhoi tattoo mentioned is actually that of the real-life Mongolian Death Worm legend. Hence all the Yetis.
- Ajir, the Minotaur, is actually not a local, but had migrated north from his homeland of Gryek – modeled after Greece, of course.