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On this page, I’ve linked to stories, essays, and poems I’ve written that you can read for free online. You’ll also find links to my most popular blog posts. Feel free to browse! And if you want to read more of my poetry, take a look at my poetry blog: Theodora Goss: Poems.

Stories

Come See the Living Dryad
To Budapest, with Love
Red as Blood and White as Bone
In Autumn
Cimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology
England under the White Witch
Beautiful Boys
Christopher Raven
Fair Ladies
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter
Child-Empress of Mars
Catherine and the Satyr
Princess Lucinda and the Hound of the Moon
Singing of Mount Abora
Pip and the Fairies
Her Mother’s Ghosts
Lily, with Clouds
Sleeping with Bears
Professor Berkowitz Stands on the Threshold
The Rapid Advance of Sorrow
The Rose in Twelve Petals

Essays

The Work of Writing
Guilt and Shame for Writers
The Invention of the Modern Monster
Into the Dark Forest: The Fairy Tale Heroine’s Journey
Craft and Art
Having a Purpose
Your Secret Story
Writers and Families
Planting a Magical Garden
Top 10 Fantasy Love Stories
Long Sentences
A Brief History of Monsters
Vampires in Folklore and Literature
The Femme Fatale at the Fin-de-Siècle
Why Go to the Museum?
Writing My Mother’s Ghosts
Hungarian Fairies

Poems

Rose Child
The Bear’s Wife
How to Make It Snow
Why You Might Be a Witch
Lady Winter
The Witch-Girls
The Gold-Spinner
The Stepsister’s Tale
The Morning After
One of Those Days
Swan Girls
Snow White Learns Witchcraft
Autumn’s Song
My Garden
The Fox Wife
Shoes of Bark
Ravens
The Gentleman
Fairy Tale
The Witch
Beauty to the Beast
The Changeling
What Her Mother Said
The Bear’s Daughter
The Ophelia Cantos

Blog

The Path of Most Resistance
Trying to Recover
Writing Girl Monsters
Template Stories
Taking it Slow
Writing in Troubled Times
The Politics of Narrative Patterns
Miss Fisher and the Female Gaze
Learning to Hide
The Three of Me
How We Live Now
Writing Is/as Work
Sabotaging Yourself
Health and Happiness for Writers
Research for Writers
The Caretakers
The Mythic Arts
Studying Adaptations
Writing with Density
Being a Changeling
Shabby and Chic
Glamour and the Struggle
Creating Rituals
Victorian Virtues
The Overwhelm
Keeping It Real
Stasis and Stability
Teaching Writing
Writers and Money
Writing Your Stories
Deep Magic
Magic and Realism
Believe
Becoming That Woman
Becoming Yourself
Pacing Yourself
Value Yourself
Looking Within
Crafting a Life
Being Photogenic
Being a Heroine
Incorporating Failure
Beauty, Meaning, Purpose
Choices and Consequences
After Depression
A Simple Diet
Finding the Joy
Thoughts on Love
Being a Soulmate
The Best Revenge
Selkie Women
On Bluebeard