Princess Alethea Rants About “The Fir Tree”

Now that I’ve run away for Christmas (decided on the Solstice to drive 9 hours down to Charleston SC to spend some of the holiday with my little sister & my parents), I am SUPER glad that I recorded this video last week. Hooray! (Now the challenge is going to be making sure I get one out *next* week…)

Without further ado, I bring you Princess Alethea’s Rant about “The Fir Tree.”

Happy Holidays! xox

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Princess Alethea Rants About “The Companionship of the Cat & Mouse”

Your fairy tale rant for today: “The Companionship of the Cat & Mouse”

Proceed with caution.

…and enjoy!

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Princess Alethea Rants About “Foundling”

A New Fairy Tale Rant is Live!

Today, Princess Alethea rants about the Grimm’s fairy tale “Foundling.” This fairy tale was the basis for the character Trix in the Woodcutter Sisters series…fans of Enchanted will especially enjoy seeing how aspects of this tale were woven into the novel.


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Princess Alethea Rants About “Sweet Porridge”

Happy almost-Thanksgiving!

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New Books Released!

Boy…this last bit of the year has suddenly seen FOUR books released with me in them. I feel all shiny and popular. In fact, when I get home from FaerieCon on Sunday, I’ll be buying myself some flowers to celebrate!

Hero you know about…goodness knows I’ve been talking it up enough this year.

Hero, October 1, 2013

The second is my collection WILD & WISHFUL, DARK & DREAMING — not the fairy tales, but still full of darkness and magic..and even the occasional bit of sci-fi fun.

Wild & Wishful, Dark & Dreaming--story collection by Alethea Kontis

The Book of Apex Volume 4 was also just announced — this anthology includes stories from 15 issues of Apex Magazine, including my creepy horror YA fairy tale serial killer origin story “Blood From Stone.”

Book of Apex, Volume 4

And if you were lucky enough to be at Comic Book City Convention in Greensboro a few weeks go, you had the opportunity to pick up an exclusive VERY FIRST PRINTING of the infamous Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome by me and Janet Lee.

Chances are, we’re not even going to put this one on Amazon — it’s only going to be available if you see either Janet or I in person at one of our many appearances all around the globe. But if you keep your fingers crossed and wish on many stars, you might also find some copies available through Janet Lee’s Etsy Site — best go ahead and bookmark that link anyway. There’s great stuff there!

Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome...IS ALIVE!


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Fairy Tale Video Monday

Here’s your treat for today, from my reading at Capclave this past weekend!

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LoC Info

Here is the flyer for my talk at the Library of Congress next week!

It’s 12:00pm on Tuesday, in the Madison Building (across the street from the main (touristy) LoC building. Go to the 6th floor and head for the Cafeteria. The Room of Requirement — I mean — the Staff Multipurpose Room is just off the cafeteria.

The walls are all glass…so you can’t miss us.

If you’re in the DC area, I hope to see you there! xox



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Princess Unbound

I have another fun and quirky interview today — my hosts are the lovely bloggers at Pages Unbound.

I also get to answer my favorite question: the “is there anything we forgot to ask you?”, or what I like to call The Blank Check.

What did I decide to ask myself on this particular occasion? There’s only one way to find out!

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Princess Alethea’s Fairy Tale Rants: The Frog Prince

It’s here! It’s here!

As promised (for sooooo long), here is my inaugural video blog (aka: “vlog”) entry in which Princess Alethea Rants About Fairy Tales!

These rants may not always be about the Grimms’ tales, but as I’m a Grimm Girl, and there is CERTAINLY enough fodder in the Complete Grimms’ Tales, this is probably the best place to start.

Enjoy! xox

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“Original Sin” op-ed in Clarkesworld

In what I hope will begin a series of Princess Alethea Ranting About Fairy Tales, Clarkesworld Magazine indulged me by publishing my essay “Original Sin” about the dubious origins of fairy tales and their influence on the children of the twenty-first century generation.

Also, this was a heck of a lot of fun. 🙂

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