Far out at sea the water is as blue as the bluest cornflower and as clear as the clearest crystal; but it is very deep, too deep for any cable to fathom… it is down there that the mermen live…
So begins “The Little Mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen. This time honored tale appears in “Foam on the Water, Mermaid Stories,” the currently featured anthology at Anthology Builder. But it isn’t all fairytales and froth, there are a few dark mermaid stories by modern writers and some other stories that intrigue as well. So, kick off the Club-Med sandals, fold back the cover of this book easily ordered from the AB Library and enjoy these treasures from the deep.
** Linked Note Marcie Lynn Tentchoff and Melissa Mead also have stories in the anthologies mentioned in 3 Random Teasers About Short Stuff
In Beneath, B. Barnett draws upon her visits to the Bowers Museum to pen the story of Koro, a high priest of his society.
The Bowers Museum of Cultural History is one of California’s finest museums, nestled in Orange County on the southern California coast. Its mission is to celebrate world cultures through their arts, and over the last 15 years the museum has offered more than 50 cultural exhibits that have then traveled nationally and internationally. With this study behind her, Barnett weaves a believable story of the great privileges as well as greater responsibilities of leadership.
“Around and far below him, the comfortable thin-limbed brown people waited in a nearly perfect arc. In his stratified society, Koro knew few of them. He watched them labor daily at his behest. He nodded approvingly as they paid tribute they could ill afford. It was the adhesive that held his society together…”
-linked note – Jack London writes of tribal rituals in ‘The Red One’ currently found in Loving the Alien anthology