It came from E.A. Brenner

It came from E.A. Brenner

E.A. Brenner’s story “Familiar in Her Angles” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 21 September 2018.

Metaphorosis September 2018
September 2018

In the summer of 2015, I read Angel Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories for the first time, and the first draft of “Familiar in Her Angles” popped out. I struggle to write short stories, so I was surprised how quickly that first draft came, amazed I managed to get from start to finish in only a few pages. I was reading a lot of fairy-tale retellings and fairy-tale theory that year, so when I realized I was playing with the motifs of the maiden in the tower fairy tale (Rapunzel, Petrosinella, Persinette), I leaned into it. Through several drafts I looked for ways to subvert the roles and tropes and also explore how we build and embrace our own identities. Also, I needed to write at least one dragon story in my life.


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