Snow White is an already an odd fairy tale. You’ve got a young girl doing housework for a bunch of dwarfs while an evil Queen tries to kill her. But Michael Mullin takes it one step further in 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf, and it’s downright funny.

The stories we pass down from parent to child
Were once filled with darkness, but somehow
turned mild.
We tweak and revise, and when all else fails
We choose to omit certain crucial details.
Until they’re forgotten, and nobody knows
How a story originally, truthfully goes.

Told entirely in verse, this is the story of Creepy, the eighth dwarf who was banished to the cellar. From there, he has an unusual vantage point when Snow White arrives, looking straight up her skirt. But it is only thanks to him that the rather dim-witted young woman is saved from the Queen’s evil intentions.

It’s a hilarious short story, but definitely aimed at adults, not children, due to the sexual innuendo. It’s funny, but dark, too, a great mix.

5 out of 5 stars

Category: Fantasy – Fractured Fairy Tale

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Published November 9, 2010 by the author
7 pages

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Thursday’s Tales is a weekly event here at Carol’s Notebook. Fairy tales, folktales, tall tales, even re-tellings, I love them all.


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