K. V. Johansen

K.V. Johansen writes mostly darker fantasy of soul-wounded people on the edges, but here offers some light-hearted retellings of medieval ballads.

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K.V. Johansen is the author of the Sunburst-nominated Blackdog, and its sequels, The Leopard: Marakand Part One, The Lady: Marakand Part Two, Gods of Nabban, and The Last Road (forthcoming 2019) epic silk road fantasies from Pyr. However, in her long career she's written everything from children's novels (fantasy and science fiction), secondary world fantasy for teens, picture books, literary criticism, short stories, and literary fairy tales. She has Master's degrees in Medieval Studies and in English, and is a member of the EETS, the SFWA, and the Writers' Union of Canada. The stories being offered up here are mostly from her second book, a collection of literary fairy tales based on ballads from medieval Denmark. No assassins, no gods, no armies or brutal, suffering immortals, but they may contain a shapeshifter or two.

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The Serpent Bride

Dec 24, 2018 · 5,144 words (19 minutes) · 5 views

Fantasy Historical Love

Benedikte, transformed to a snake by her brother and his nurse, walks in the dreams of knights to find the one who can break her curse.

One of the lovely critters that live in my garden.
Sir Karl's Wake

Sep 18, 2018 · 5,103 words (19 minutes) · 11 views

Fantasy Humor Historical Love

When young Sir Karl's beloved is forced into a nunnery by her land-greedy aunt the abbess, Sir Karl's mother, Lady Brenda, comes up with a perilous scheme to free her.

The Mighty Harp

Aug 8, 2018 · 4,845 words (18 minutes) · 227 views

Fantasy Historical Love

Based on a Danish ballad that is part of the Orpheus family of tales, this is one of my favourites of the many ballads I read while working on the stories for the original collection.

El joropo tuyero es un género musical de Venezuela. Mientras Yustardi Laza se preparaba para grabar un #Descompon con Mario Díaz tomé esta foto.