Jonathan Louis Duckworth’s story “Figlia della Neve” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 1 May 2020.
This story began from two sources: first, my reading of Angela Carter’s fabulous collection The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, and second, listening to a song from American power metal band Symphony X called “Lady of the Snow”. The evidence of Carter’s influence should be plain to anyone who’s ever read her work. As for the song, it gave me the story’s original title, “Lady of the Snow”, when the story was still set in New England, rather than the Northern Italy locale of its current iteration.
I rewrote the story as “Figlia della Neve” because it fit well with a new story collection I’ve been putting together, a project called “Undying”. Undying’s central conceit is that all the stories are set in Europe (but not the British Isles) at some point between the mid 19th century and the 1970s. The collection’s other central conceit is implied by the title: every story features some element of rebirth or resurrection, for good or for bad, and every story centers on the enduring, death-defying bonds of human attachment, again, for good or bad.
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