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