We all know that the original versions of fairy tales are so much darker than the sanitised ones that got handed down to us by the moralistic Victorians. Some authors choose to create a story in a fairytale setting that is as brutal as the original tales themselves. But what about a tale that tries to weave in the murderous elements of the Robber Bridegroom and the dark deceptions of Melusine into a contemporary setting and a modern marriage? Rather than royalty, what if the billionaires of today were equivalent to the prince and princesses of the past, flaunting the same luxury and power?

Joining us to consider such questions is Roshani Chokshi, whose most recent book The Last Tale of the Flower Bride has been described as unworldly, darkly gorgeous and a tapestry of folklore, magic, and monsters.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Bluebeard
  • The Arthurian Legends
  • The Changeling by Victor LaValle
  • Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Roshani Chokshi is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling series The Star-Touched Queen, The Gilded Wolves and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which Time Magazine named one of the Top 100 Fantasy Books of All Time.

Her novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages and often draw upon world mythology and folklore. Chokshi is a member of the National Leadership Board for the Michael C. Carlos Museum and lives in Georgia with her husband and their cat whose diabolical plans must regularly be thwarted.