E. E. King is our next author in the spotlight series with not one story, but “Three Fables: 1. In the Hood, 2. Krustallos, 3. The Fiction Lover”. The first piece, “In the Hood” begins:
When I was young I wanted to be a vegetarian, to live in peace with all creatures of the earth, but I could not. My parents schooled me in the chain of creation, and it caused me to lose any faith I might have possessed. I could not conceive of a creator who would weave a world where each link must be precipitated by murder, each life dependent on death.
But time brings acceptance of a sort—when there is no choice, you travel faster. No need to hesitate at a crossroads when there is a single path.
She explains each of the fables:
“Krustallos”: This is a story that literally was a dream: I saw it entire. After I wrote it, I read it to Ray Bradbury who said (I quote from memory, it was just a conversation), “This reminds me of my early work—all imagination.”
I reworked it to include dialogue and more visceral imagery. The scene in the space station, the dialogue, and the rumors spread throughout the planet were added to make it more real.
“In the Hood”: I started to rewrite fairy tales from a new perspective, The first was from Dorothy’s point of view when she realized she had committed a murder; the second
was the tale of a dwarf who lusts after Snow White; this, the third, is the story of the wolf. Humans are omnivores, yet many thoughtful Homo sapiens choose to be vegetarians.
Why might not a young thoughtful carnivore? Wolves are, even today, portrayed as villains, but if you do any research, you will discover an admirable social structure and strong
family values (even though they are not Republican). Aunts and uncles protect the nieces and nephews of the alpha pair. Wolves cull the weak and thus strengthen the herd of prey. And yet, even now, after we have almost exterminated them, there are movies that vituperate them. It pisses me off.
“The Fiction Lover”: Reveal. This is a true tale. Only the facts have been eaten. The guy with the wandering eye exists, the rest followed. With this story, as with all the ones I most enjoy writing, I don’t think. I just sit and write. An idea bites me and when it lets go I’m done.
E. E. King is a performer, writer, biologist, and painter. Ray Bradbury called her stories “marvelously inventive, wildly funny, and deeply thought provoking. I cannot recommend them highly enough.” Her books include Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, The Feathernail and Other Gifts, and Another Happy Ending, and they may be purchased in print, ebook, and at audible.com.
The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, launched her first anthology, Real Conversations with Imaginary Friends, sponsored by Barnes & Noble.
She has won numerous awards and been published widely. Her latest novel Blood Prism will be out in 2014. She has worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain, and butterflies in South Central Los Angeles.