This second collection of (mostly) short fiction from Diane Duane features tales based on folklore, ghost stories and fairy tales with a modern twist.
The stories in the collection include:
- First Readthrough: How you do the casting for a fairy tale… and what can go wrong while you do.
- The Dovrefell Cat: Your pet polar bear may sometimes be a problem… but there’s one night of the year when he shines.
- …Under My Skin: Some first dates just don’t work out the way you think they will: not at all.
- A Swiss Story: Lots of people from that part of the world have something from “during the War”. But not many have anything like this…
- Blank Check: A most unusual client turns up at one of the world’s oldest banks with an impossible request… which nonetheless must be fulfilled.
- Don’t Put That In Your Mouth, You Don’t Know Where It’s Been: A would-be worshipper of the Triple Goddess has her upcountry ritual disturbed by something very odd.
- The House: A school project examining gingerbread as a structural element turns into something way more personal.
- Cold Case: A cop who won’t take no for an answer meets a murder victim who’s even more stubborn than he is.
- The title work, Midnight Snack: “Dad came down with the flu that week, so I had to go down to the subway and feed the unicorns…” The much-anthologized story finally uncensored and restored to its original intended form
- And completing the collection, a full-length feature film screenplay, Dead & Breakfast: a ghost story with computers.
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