- Publisher: ImPure Fiction
- Editor: Serge Talianksy
- Edition: Second
- Available in: EPUB
- Published: June 1, 2019
The Grove at the Edge of The World by Alia Synesthesia
This collection of fairy tales was written by Alia during the summers of 2013 – 2014 and published in 2017 with the help of technical editor Serge Taliansky and content editor Ariel Bissett. This collection is a set of dark folklore tales for the dark modern world. Melancholic and sweet, these tales do not subscribe by the standards of “good endings”. In real life, there is no such thing as “good ending”, and like all original and raw fairy tales, untouched by the censoring hands of child literature editors, these tales are meant to teach something beyond surface values of good endings. Inspired by Neil Gaiman’s tales and Oscar Wilde’s Pomegranate Tree, this collection will sweep you away from your modern realities and carry you into the world where you can almost swell the sweet aroma of the autumnal arboreal decay and dark, starless nights.
It was a magical night when summer rolled into autumn. The kind of night when the air is smoky and sweet, glow bugs warm up their dim-glowing bellies in the moonlight, and the night birds exchange their nocturnal greetings in the sheer canopies of oaks, maples and birch trees. The air smells like damp leaves, roasted nuts and cloves…It is on that kind of night, forest dwellers gather at the riverbank to listen to ancient tales, forgotten by history, told by the one whose life is eternal.
Dear reader, we invite you to leave your worries aside, get yourself a cup of warm chocolate, and enjoy this book while sitting comfortably in your favorite armchair or couch, wrapped in a warm blanket. Leave the world aside, and invite the mystical forest where the story takes place, into your living room.
Original Edition: January 12, 2017
Re-edition: Darker: June 1, 2019
The 2019 re-edition of the book was completed with digital artwork by Alia Synesthesia. The collection features the same content, but drastically different layout for easier reading and original digital artwork by the author to accompany the stories.