What can you tell us about Fractured Fairy Tales of the Twilight Zone?
So, when I was a kid I used to watch this cartoon called Bullwinkle about a moose and flying squirrel always going up against a Russian bad guy. In between their story they had featured segments, one of which was Fractured Fairy Tales, generally a 5-7 minute clip ending with a twisted moral. Around the same time I watched reruns of Bullwinkle, I started watching reruns of The Twilight Zone. While Fractured Fairy Tales was comical in its delivery, and The Zone was not, they both had profoundly wonderful, insightful, wise lessons for all of us, told simply, clearly, and evocatively. I’m carrying forward this tradition with Fractured Fairy Tales of the Twilight Zone.
What inspired you to write the book?
Our attention span is getting shorter and shorter. (Sorry, what was that? I was texting.) Now more than ever the short story format is poised to launch. Have a quick, complete, satisfying read at lunch, on your bus ride home, at night relaxing. Pick a rich, engaging 20-30 page story from Fractured Fairy Tales of the Twilight Zone and get your fantasy fix fast, with characters, ideas and ideologies that linger long after the read.
Who do you imagine is your ideal reader for this series?
Mid-late teen, young adult/adult. There is cursing in [at least] Tales of Finnegus Boggs, so I don’t think most parents are going to want their kids reading the F word (but it simply HAS to be in there. Some words are simply irreplaceable).