Bizarre Fables

Bizarre Fables

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Author: Gary Bills
Publisher: GD Publishing
Length: 293 page(s)
Written: Dec 2018
Sales Rank: - XinXii Sales Rank
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Category: Fiction & Literature » Short Stories  |  Work: Novel
Keywords: short stories, dark stories, Renaissance, fiction, bizarre, fables, bizarre fables, gary bills

The atmosphere of the collection is medieval/Renaissance.

True collaboration is often a strange business and in the case of the “Bizarre Fables”, the collaboration was between husband and wife. Heather would draw and paint, while the plots developed organically. Gary and Heather shared their visions, day after day and night after night, while the owls hooted incessantly from nearby trees and barns.

The plots developed organically, naturally. From Heather came the idea of a gross man who would find himself pregnant, – the theme of “Bread for Toggle”. Also from Heather came the initial idea of a powerful old woman whose soul was captured in a box – a box that was then bound tight with briar. She actually dreamed this, and her husband, Gary, who wrote all the fables, was inspired by her dream. This, of course, was the origin of “Grandma’s Soul”. There were other strange happenings surrounding the genesis of these tales. The story called “The Blossom Maker” was written in just two hours, as if the writer was taking dictation from a spirit.

Simply by looking at the blossom on the trees, together with the experience of being husband and wife during their first spring together, led to stories which needed to be written. In fact, Heather and Gary were so inspired in those days, it is perhaps a valid question to ask why more tales were not created.

We can suppose the only answer is that they came as if by magic, and magic must always have a beginning and an end. Its power is a blessing, but it is finite.


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About the Author

Gary Bills | Author on XinXii.com

Member since: Jan 2018
Publications on XinXii:  1
Gary is a graduate of the University of Durham, where he studied English language and medieval literature. He then trained as a journalist, and he currently works for Newsquest Gannett.

His poetry has been critically acclaimed and a number of his poems have been translated into German, Italian and Romanian.

He has published two poetry collections, which are The Echo and the Breath (Peterloo Poets, 2001) and The Ridiculous Nests of the Heart (bluechrome, 2003).

In 2005, he edited the anthology, The Review of Contemporary Poetry for bluechrome.
Gary has given professional readings at the Ledbury Poetry Festival, at Poetry on the Lake in Italy, and at the Poetry Trend Festival, in Munich.

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