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Fairy Tales for Unwanted Children

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Sometimes "happily ever after" is no guarantee. We feature short fairy tales that turn towards the dark and unsettling. These stories are not intended for children.

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Episode 21: Wolf

08:49 | Aug 22nd, 2017

A huntress is hired to deal with a wolf that comes too close to town.

Episode 20: Ink

10:02 | Aug 15th, 2017

A man replaces what he's lost with tattoos that are more than just drawings.

Episode 17: The Staircase in the Kitchen

10:26 | Jul 25th, 2017

A baker finds a staircase where non had been before.

Episode 78: Primrose and Cloud Dust

13:04 | Feb 25th

A woman finds some wishes and tries to save them.

Episode 77: Home

07:33 | Feb 11th

A stranded sailor meets a mermaid.

Episode 75: The Trade

10:19 | Jan 11th

A bankrupt merchant makes a trade with a mysterious woman.

2018 Holiday Special

1:01:03 | Dec 28th, 2018

The Fairy King by Emmarayn Redding Meliora and the Devil by Deborah Markus (16:30) The Dragon and the Runt by Lisa Dawn (33:20) Small Red Footprints by Marissa Peterson (39:25) Ice Captives by Lynden Wade (49:25) Emmarayn Redding:  www.writing...Show More

Episode 74: Tiny

11:52 | Dec 24th, 2018

A woman steps on a village on her way to her well.

Episode 73: Crunch of Snow

15:36 | Dec 18th, 2018

A soldier chases a woman through a snowy forest, but he doesn't find what he expects.

Announcement

01:42 | Dec 12th, 2018

Announcement about Woodcuts: A Fairy Tale for Unwanted Children, now on Amazon as an eBook and paperback.

Episode 72: The Cabinetmaker and Death (pt 5 of 5)

25:44 | Nov 27th, 2018

In the final episode of the Cabinetmaker series, the cabinetmaker faces death in his quest to return to the living.

Episode 71: The Cabinetmaker's Father

26:06 | Nov 23rd, 2018

The cabinetmaker finds his father in the afterlife.

Episode 70: The Cabinetmaker and the Underworld

25:54 | Nov 16th, 2018

The cabinetmaker finds himself in the afterlife, and he doesn't like what comes next.

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

09:25 | Oct 30th, 2018

It's Hallowe'en/Halloween, and to celebrate, I've brought in a guest author -- one of my favourite writers.  This is his story about a man and his pet bird who don't get alone.

Episode 69: The Cabinetmaker and the Duchess (pt 2 of 5)

20:57 | Oct 24th, 2018

The cabinetmaker meets a duchess hiding behind the back panel of a cupboard.

Episode 68: The Cabinetmaker

08:39 | Oct 7th, 2018

A cabinetmaker finds an intact cupboard in the ruins of an old house and takes it home. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!  And happy new Doctor Who!

Episode 67: Dead Man's Clothes

13:56 | Sep 19th, 2018

A man finds a suit that makes him rich.

Episode 65: Three Notes of Music

11:26 | Aug 5th, 2018

A girl carries a deadly song within her.

Episode 64: Onions

16:59 | Jul 24th, 2018

A girl decides to find out what lies beyond the sky.

Episode 63: Woodcut (Part 4 of 4)

38:10 | Jul 15th, 2018

The conclusion -- the prince and his army return to the castle.

Episode 62: Woodcut (Part 3 of 4)

34:25 | Jul 14th, 2018

A young prince makes his own way in the world, with the help of magic books. Episode 4 will be posted later today.

Episode 61: Woodcut (Part 2 of 3)

30:43 | Jul 6th, 2018

A boy seeks information about his past, with the aid of an enchanted library.

Episode 60: Woodcut (Part 1 of 3)

22:50 | Jun 30th, 2018

A boy finds an awakened book and learns about the past.

Episode 59: Genie

19:59 | Jun 24th, 2018

A soldier meets a genie who can grant no wishes.

Episode 58: Drink

10:08 | Jun 4th, 2018

A man hears voices coming from his beer.

Episode 57: Slip

14:22 | May 24th, 2018

A thief finds a note hidden in her sleeve.

Episode 56: Feathers

10:03 | May 12th, 2018

A man begins a slow metamorphasis into a bird.

Episode 55: Conclave

09:47 | Apr 29th, 2018

The end of the world arrives. This episode is one of the few that doesn't stand alone -- if you're new, start with a different episode, please!

Episode 54: Inheritance

07:50 | Apr 23rd, 2018

A man inherits everything a stranger owned.

Episode 53: Fortune

17:03 | Apr 11th, 2018

A fortune teller meets a troubled princess. Most episodes of the show can be listened to in any other -- but this one should be listened to after episode 52.

Episode 52: The Market

11:38 | Apr 6th, 2018

A stranger enters a market with one thing to sell - a wish. Guys -- on Monday the show will be a year old!

Episode 51: The Woman at the Bar

13:42 | Mar 27th, 2018

A boy follows a magic coin left by a stranger. Photo of apple in the new art courtesy of Dan LeFebvre.

Episode 50: Three Siblings

10:03 | Mar 19th, 2018

Three siblings find a golden egg, but only one can have it.

Episode 49: The Ball

12:46 | Mar 12th, 2018

A princess at a royal ball makes an accidental wish.

Episode 48: Froth of Blood

11:22 | Mar 4th, 2018

A merman is dragged onto a fishing boat.

Episode 47: Lumberjack

05:31 | Feb 21st, 2018

A lumberjack makes an amazing discovery deep inside the trunk of a tree. http://www.unwantedchildren.ca

Episode 46: Love Potion

08:39 | Feb 15th, 2018

A witch making love potions gets a taste of her own medicine.

Episode 45: Post

12:35 | Feb 13th, 2018

A man gets a letter from the future. Apologies for the late recording and the amount of medicine I was on when I recorded this, as you will no doubt hear.

Episode 44: Heroic

09:31 | Feb 4th, 2018

An awkward youth becomes a hero, but he's doesn't quite fit the role.

Episode 43: Prince

08:39 | Jan 29th, 2018

A prince lost in the forest finds his way.

Episode 42: Pockets

11:19 | Jan 21st, 2018

A poor man finds coins placed in his pockets.

Episode 41: Caged

09:31 | Jan 10th, 2018

A forgotten prisoner is visited by an unusual guest.

Episode 40: Sight of Home

10:24 | Jan 4th, 2018

A woman is offered a deal that would let her family prosper -- but at a very high cost.

Holiday Special

42:47 | Dec 29th, 2017

Stories include a parrot with an amazing skill, a poetic take on a famous photo, misused power, a story of charity, and the retelling of a famous Disney villain.  Saint of Another Kind by Sudipta Dev Chakraborti (2:05) https://soul-powers.com/ T...Show More

Episode 38: The Dragon and the Staircase

13:10 | Dec 21st, 2017

A dragon crashes into the last bit of green left in a snowbound world and is cared for by an elderly couple.

Episode 37: Left Behind

10:30 | Dec 17th, 2017

A woman is left in a forest to fend for herself by a son too poor to care for her.

Episode 36: Melt

10:40 | Dec 8th, 2017

A mother and son are trapped by snow at the edge of the world.

Episode 35: Standards

06:44 | Nov 30th, 2017

A witch helps a woman build a life that measures up to her lofty standards.

Episode 34: Snowflakes to Snow

07:52 | Nov 23rd, 2017

A farmer is surprised when snowflakes say hello.

Episode 33: Small of Her Back

10:44 | Nov 16th, 2017

A woman visits her husband's grave and hears a noise.

Episode 32: Triumph Over Death

06:56 | Nov 9th, 2017

A man seeks eternal life -- at any cost.

Episode 31: Climbing

09:53 | Nov 2nd, 2017

An old man is visited by a mysterious stranger.

2017 Halloween Megasode

2:07:16 | Oct 31st, 2017

I was invited to be part of this by the minds behind Minds of Madness, and it was a delight.  This special is a mix of truth and fiction, true crime and made-up horror, brought to you by a range of broadcasters, including yours truly.  I've tried to ...Show More

Episode 30: The Town Crier

08:29 | Oct 25th, 2017

A man thinks he's found a prophet in a town crier.

Episode 29: The Hunter, the Hare

09:50 | Oct 18th, 2017

A hare that was once a man seeks a way to return to his former self.

Episode 28: Ship

09:26 | Oct 11th, 2017

The wind falls in love with a ship on the ocean.

Episode 27: Princesses

10:10 | Oct 4th, 2017

A prince sets out tasks to find a suitable princess to marry.

Episode 26: Elf

10:14 | Sep 27th, 2017

A man visits a magic place, but then has to go home.

Episode 25: The Shopkeeper

09:15 | Sep 19th, 2017

A woman wants to live a fairy tale life, with all the love and magic that entails.

Episode 24: Flawless

14:58 | Sep 13th, 2017

A boy with the power to heal finds himself not wanting the job.

Episode 23: A Lovely Concern

12:31 | Sep 5th, 2017

Darkness finds a pair of shoes and tries them on.

Episode 22: Fairy Tale

08:56 | Aug 30th, 2017

A father takes his daughter to find the fairies.

Episode 19: Forgotten

07:33 | Aug 8th, 2017

A woman is forgotten by her village.

Episode 18: Written in Red

10:06 | Aug 1st, 2017

An apprentice scribe discovers power in his quill.

Episode 16: The Drowned Men

08:55 | Jul 18th, 2017

Three ships are stuck at sea with no wind when they are offered help by a legion of the drowned. Fairy tale, fable, short story, folklore.

Episode 15: Bed

09:09 | Jul 11th, 2017

A boy gets out of bed at night and realizes he's not alone. Join us on the new website at www.unwantedchildren.ca and discuss this episode on the new Facebook discussion board! Fairy tale, fable, folklore, short story, storytelling.

Episode 14: The Mountain Goat

08:25 | Jul 4th, 2017

A village girl finds her perspective changes as her village is endangered. Join us on Facebook to discuss the episode in the new Fairy Tales for Unwanted Discussion group. Fairy tale, folklore, audio drama, short story.

Episode 13: Wishing Well

09:09 | Jun 27th, 2017

A girl falls into a well while reaching for a wish. Join us on Facebook to discuss the episode in the new Fairy Tales for Unwanted Discussion group. Fairy tale, folklore, audio drama, short story.

Episode 12: War

06:57 | Jun 20th, 2017

A fallen squire meets a feasting crow on a battlefield. Fairy tale, folklore, audio drama, short story.

Episode 11: The Mother Crab

09:04 | Jun 13th, 2017

A fisherman encounters a giant crab who asks him for mercy.   Fairy tale, folklore, audio drama, short story.

Episode 10: Firstborn

10:03 | Jun 6th, 2017

A beast offers everything in exchange for a woman's firstborn child. This episode has slight audio issues.  Please review and subscribe on iTunes. Fairy tale, audio drama, short story.

Episode 9: The Dark Answers

05:16 | May 30th, 2017

A farmer whose wife is dying is befriended by the dark. Please review and subscribe on iTunes. Fairy tale, audio drama, short story.

Episode 8: True Love's Kiss

07:16 | May 23rd, 2017

A prince reaches a certain age, and the world searches for his princess. Please review and subscribe on iTunes. Fairy tale, audio drama, short story.

Episode 7: The Gallows Bone

09:58 | May 16th, 2017

A spirit finds a pupil who is too easy to teach. Please review and subscribe on iTunes. Fairy tale, audio drama, short story.

Episode 6: Jar of Joy

09:42 | May 9th, 2017

A man thinks he has found happily ever after, but everything runs out eventually. Please review and subscribe on iTunes. Fairy tale, audio drama, short story.

Episode 5: Plain Little Box

08:40 | May 2nd, 2017

A new king finds our that memory can play tricks. Please review and subscribe on iTunes. Fairy tale, audio drama, short story.

Episode 4: Bones in the Garden

07:59 | Apr 25th, 2017

A girl finds a new friend in the garden, freshly uncovered by a storm. Please review and subscribe on iTunes. Fairy tale, audio drama, short story.

Episode 3: The Wrong Way

07:50 | Apr 18th, 2017

A little girl finds a way into another world and realizes she might not have been meant to go there. Please review and subscribe on iTunes. Fairy tale, audio drama, short story.

Episode 2: The Flower Girl

03:47 | Apr 9th, 2017

A flower girl finds a solution to all of life's problems. Please review and subscribe on iTunes. Fairy tale, audio drama, short story.

Episode 1: The River of Time

05:05 | Apr 9th, 2017

A boy who wants nothing more than to grow up is given the chance. Please review and subscribe on iTunes. Fairy tale, audio drama, short story.