Book Smugglers Publishing Halloween Tale The Novella Initiative

A Smugglerific Cover: The Convergence of Fairy Tales by Octavia Cade

In which we reveal the cover for The Convergence of Fairy Tales by Octavia Cade!

Today we are thrilled to share with you the cover for Book Smugglers Publishing’s annual Halloween horror story–and our very first official novella.

Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover!

The Convergence of Fairy Tales (cover)

About the Story

The Sleeping Beauty woke with a heartbeat between her legs.

Five classic fairy tales are reimagined by award-winning master of horror Octavia Cade in The Convergence of Fairy Tales. Sleeping Beauty. The Snow Queen. Snow White. The Frog Princess. Rapunzel.

Five new fairy tales. Five different accounts of betrayal, of power, and rage.


A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers)

Octavia Cade is no stranger to horror. We first fell in love with her writing as readers (Trading Rosemary, the first novella we read from the author, is exquisite), so when Octavia submitted short stories (The Mussel Eater) and essays (Food and Horror) to us, we were both thrilled and honored to be working with such a talented storyteller, and to watch her work grow and become deeper, darker, and more powerful. The Convergence of Fairy Tales is a tale of revenge and of rage, and the darkest tale we have edited and published. Octavia’s novella–the debut novella to kick off our 2017 Novella Initiative!–is a reimagining of 5 fairy tales: Sleeping Beauty, The Snow Queen, Snow White, The Frog Princess, and Rapunzel. Each story builds upon the one prior; each story takes the premise of its source fairy tale, twists it, subverts it, beats it to a bloody pulp, and relishes in the delight of unbridled vengeance.

The Convergence of Fairy Tales is a tale fitting for Halloween, and we cannot wait to share it with you all.


About the Author: Octavia Cade

Octavia Cade has a PhD in science communication and is currently experimenting on seagrasses. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Apex Magazine, and Strange Horizons, amongst others. Her first Book Smugglers story, The Mussel Eater, was nominated for a BSFA award. She can be found at, or @OJCade on Twitter.

About the Artist: Kristina Tsenova

Convergence of Fairy Tales (No Text)

Kristina Tsenova was born in 1995 in Bulgaria and is currently a student at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her preferred media is watercolor, acrylic and digital painting. She has had two exhibitions in 2014 and has won approx. 50 art competitions. Apart from traditional art, her interests include cinematography, literature and photography. She is also a hobbyist photographer and makes short movie clips and in the future, she would like to work on varied design projects, concept art and special effects for the movie industry. A great source of inspiration are the movies of Hayao Miyazaki and the genuine art of Pascal Campion. You can find her on deviantart and on facebook.


How to Get the Story

The Convergence of Fairy Tales will be published officially on October 31, 2016. You’ll be able to read an excerpt of the first story here on The Book Smugglers, but to get the full novella you can purchase the DRM-free ebook (EPUB, MOBI) that contains the story as well as a Q&A, and an essay from the author available for purchase on all major ebook retail sites and directly from us.

Preorder the Ebook Today
Smashwords ¦ Amazong US ¦ Amazon UK

Add the book on Goodreads, and read The Convergence of Fairy Tales on October 31, 2016.


  • Jordan
    October 27, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Wow, now that is a gorgeous cover! It has such a unique feel to it, I love it!

  • Jaylee James
    October 30, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Wow that cover is beautiful! I love retold fairytales. This sounds lovely.

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