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Dark Roses for the Grave of Andersen

This collection of entertaining stories were written in the tradition of older fairy tales such as The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. It contains "The Unicorn And The Lovelorn Knight" in which a unicorn falls in love with a human, "The Little Skeleton" wherein a little girl continues to dance after her death, "The Wine Of Good Humor"--a tale of a soldier who chances upon a magic bottle of wine that grants good humor to any who drink of it. Readers will be enthralled at the caste of characters, the original story lines and the return to the archetypal fairy tale style


by Rod Starcke 


An enchanting collection of stories that just keeps getting better and better the more you read. Each story is full of fairy tale wonder with a flash of darkness running throughout. While the darkness brings out a rich beautiful quality, it should be noted that the book is for older kids. And while not every story ends happily, Starcke does end them satisfactorily.

Starcke tackles questions we all struggle with such as the importance of beauty, wanting to be accepted, searching for love, understanding spirituality, the ties of friendship, and loyalty. Plus, each story keeps you thinking long after you've finished.

Full of meaning and enchantment, these stories are well crafted in the style of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. They can be read over and over. Its hard to choose a favorite, but I believe the last three spoke to me the most. When I started reading the book, I could not put it down. I look forward to experiencing the magic contained in these pages again.


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My novels:

"Descendants of Avalon" 

Released via Inklings Publishing 

May 2018

"Heir of the Heretic"

("The Forgotten" volume 2)

Reviewed and awarded the

2016 Indie Editor's Choice

by the Historical Novel Society.

Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.

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