Fairy Tales by Laura Makabresku
“I’ll tell you a very old story, which I heard from my grandmother when I was a little girl. In the countryside, where we used to live, there were a few men who were considered to be insane. They had been meeting in the old basement to summon the soul of the girl who hanged herself in the rural barn a few years earlier. These men were in love with her and never reconciled themselves to their loss. They were drinking and doing some terrible things to her lost soul - things that my grandma never spoke about. She only said that they were binding her with rope and that this made her flesh become material, then they touched her with their old, male hands. I asked my grandmother why did the girl’s soul let them to do such things. She answered: there is nothing more lonely and frozen than these girls souls, which wander amongst men’s hearts.”
“Little girls, this seems to say,
Never stop upon your way.
Never trust a stranger-friend;
No one knows how it will end.
As you’re pretty, so be wise;
Wolves may lurk in every guise.
Handsome they may be, and kind,
Gay, or charming never mind!
Now, as then, ‘tis simple truth—
Sweetest tongue has sharpest tooth!” — Charles Perrault, Little Red Riding Hood
From Perrault’s Fairy Tales
Red riding hood, Michèle Meister
fairy tales by Laura Makabresku
fairy tale by Laura Makabresku
Miwa Yanagi - Little Red Riding Hood
Gustave Doré - Illustration from Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault, 1870
"There are two ways of walking through a wood. The first is to try one or several routes (so as to get out of the wood as fast as possible, say, or to reach the house of grandmother, Tom Thumb, or Hansel and Gretel); the second is to walk so as to discover what the wood is like and find out why some paths are accessible and others are not."
— Umberto Eco, Six Walks in the Fictional Woods
Michaela Knížová, Fairy Tales, 2008-2010
Petit chaperon rouge,1926
Harry Clarke from 50Watts
Blue Beard tableau by Winslow Homer, Harper’s Bazar, September 5, 1868 (Full image here)