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“Only Lost Boys are Found” by Steve Berman from Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers (Lethe Press, 2014). This is the perfect finale for this collection because it encompasses all that precedes it. It’s sweet, a little scary, very trippy, and...

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“Worse Than Alligators” by Steve Berman from Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers (Lethe Press, 2014). Jameson’s little sister Madeline has invited six friends for a sleepover. His boyfriend Eddie is there, too, keeping him company and helping...

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“Steeped in Debt to the Chimney-pots,” by Steve Berman from Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers (Lethe Press, 2014). Originally published in Willful Impropriety (Running Press Kids). This is another installment of a series I first encountered in...

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“Three on a Match” by Steve Berman from Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers (Lethe Press, 2014). Contemporary yet timeless, this brief story lingered in my imagination in much the same way “Vespers” did in Trysts. There are some outward...

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“A Calenture of the Jungle” by Steve Berman from Red Caps: New Fairy Tales for Out of the Ordinary Readers (Lethe Press, 2014). There’s a lot going on in this story about a girl named Amelia who believes she has no imagination. Does she really, or is it simply the...