From the secrets of the forest, to the magic of the sea, these nine stories tell of what happens when passion, desire, loneliness and imprisonment lead us on a search for freedom and empowerment - no matter what the cost.
A woman makes a deal with gods and goddesses in order to bring a slanderous town down to its knees, a man who has lost everything finds himself in the graveyards of Paris, turning to dark magic to ensure success, an opulent masked ball becomes the stage of spite and revenge, a teenage boy who believes he is in the wrong body calls out to mermaids to enchant him.
With strands of classic fairy and folklore weaved through, the unknown - the silent and dark - is explored. Where spirits, deities and witches lurk, but also where the beauty of life and renewal can be found.
Stephanie Victoire was born in London to a Mauritian family. In 2010 she graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from London Metropolitan University. In 2014 Stephanie completed her collection of fairy and folk tales entitled The Other World, It Whispers whilst on the The Almasi League writers' programme. Two of these stories were separately published in 2015. Stephanie lives in London and is currently working on a novel, The Heart Note. www.stephanievictoire.com