Welcome to Merry Sisters of Fate

This is Merry Sisters of Fate: Fiction that Runs with Scissors.

Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff

You’ve found the right place for the dark, the weird, and the disturbingly beautiful. From flesh-eating faeries and demons in love, to unearthly magicians and alternate histories, the Merry Fates explore the creepy shadows where monsters and magic touch our world. Sometimes contemporary and humorous, at other times tormented, romantic, or drawing heavily from fairy tales, there’s something for everyone in the short stories.

Since May of 2008, we’ve posted stories every week, and although we’ve moved on to focus on other projects now, our entire backlog is here. Tessa tends toward the mythical and bloody, Maggie prefers her monsters with a heavy dose of angst and sarcasm, and Brenna lures readers in with delicate and dangerous sense of the macabre.

This summer, Carolrhoda Lab is publishing a Merry Fates project. It’s called THE CURIOSITIES: A Collection of Stories. In it, we explore with footnotes and silly cartoons some of the ways this website has helped us grow as writers.

Thanks for stopping by! Please feel free to comment to any story – we love to chat with our readers!


78 thoughts on “Welcome to Merry Sisters of Fate

  1. Love the new site, and Love the vid…Thank you all for giving me a bright anticipatory spot in my Monday schedule!! Oh, and “Scorpio Races” is out tomorrow!! Squee!! Can’t wait to get my hands on it….

  2. Small bit of feedback for this lovely site: any chance you could make the picture in the top left corner a link to the main site (merryfates.com)? It’s difficult to navigate back to the front page without retyping the address in the URL bar. 🙂

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  4. i love the new book!!!! its really well done, and the stories….. fantastic. As a young writer, the book really shows me, how much detail, and how much voice, I can and should put into my writing.

  5. I loved „The Curiosities“. If usually short-stories-books are a good night-time reading, because you can go to sleep after the story ends, then in this book every story made me more hungry for the next one. It is incredible that you are able to build a whole world for a story just a few pages in length. Moreover, in just a few pages you are able to describe this world so that I believe it exists, make me symphatize with characters, and tell a story that makes me think new thoughts. Amazing. I have been a Maggie-fan for a long time already (this is why I got this book), but this book encourages me to seek out and buy Tessa and Brenna stories as well. I guess this is also something you hoped to achieve with this book. A successful mission. Many, many thanks for this great book.

  6. the book looked heavy and initially i thought i’d just browse it. I liked the first story about the vampire in the basement 😀 though generally i’d rather read abt other subjects/ light humor now. blame Twilight lols!
    apt name merryfates, easy to remember.

    i’m also a shortstory cum fanfiction author. check out my site

  7. I just recently read The Curiosities, well actually just finished it a few moments ago. Haha. Reading it gave me inspiration to finish one of my many writings and overcome my writers block (that happens once reaching an intense part or I get distracted)…and throwing out one beginning after another. Maybe. Probably not. I just wanted to say I enjoy all of your books and I will always be a fan. 😀

  8. I absolutely loved the book (I actually finally finished seconds ago). I saw it in my school library a couple weeks ago and liked the cover and seeing three authors kind of made m interested. Then I started reading it and I was completely obsesse with it. I wanted to hug the book in the middle of Math class, but that would have gone over well. I’ll now have to find this book at some book store in some place so I can keep it forever and ever.
    The book really sparked my interest in Writing again. I always love row rite, but it’s always been easier to pick up a pen and doodle then pick up a pen and write for me and I’m sometimes to lazy to get on my computer to write. Sadly now my computer has a nasty virus again so i won’t be writing for a while again.
    I really want to do this with my friends. It’s such a neat idea and it seems to help with writing actual novels and everything.
    By the way your little notes and doodles almost got me in trouble because my science teacher thought I wrote in the book!

  9. i LOVE this book and just recommended it to my teen travel writing class – i don’t know how we can emulate that collaboration, but it is a beautiful, shining example of supporting each other. THANK YOU for this amazing read – and laughter. I am reading it SO SLOWLY bc I don’t want it to end!

    • That’s fantastic to hear! Thank you!

      The best thing about how we work is that it’s super flexible. We change things up depending on each other’s needs like deadlines or different projects. I’m sure there are ways to use the book for teen writers. Let me know if I can help at all!


  10. Reading “The Curiosities” as I type. This is probably the most fantastic collection of short stories I’ve ever read. Will you guys ever do a follow-up collection? I have like 900 other questions for you, but I’ll let those go. AMAZING stories, I loved each and every one. Thank you!!

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  12. I recently read the book and I found the site through it. I loved the short stories and am looking forward to reading more here as soon as I can. I’m also planning on reading some of the books by Brenna and Tessa because I had never heard of them before I read the collection of your stories. (I’ve read Maggie’s books though!)

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  15. Hi there! It’s been a few years so I’m not sure if I’ll get a reply or not, but I just wanted to thank you three for all of your stories. I started following the blog when I was about 13, and continued checking up and reading each new short story for a very long time. I slowly stopped visiting and eventually forgot about it until just now, and I’m so excited that a book has been published! I’m 17 and still fascinated with everything you wrote, looking so forward to reading more work from you.
    Thanks for keeping me inspired, in love with reading, and giving me a quick escape from reality. I wish you all well in everything in the future!

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