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African Trickster story

Years ago a friend had a great collection of Anansi stories and distinctly remember one bizarre story that we told and re-told. I have failed to find the specific story or the collection/website it was from. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Dec 8, 2013 - 2 answers

The log is a...a...really?!

The fruit of our looms has discovered ghost tales. You know - Bloody Mary and her ilk. However she has not yet heard "If the log rolls over we will all be dead." [more inside]
posted by peagood on Nov 8, 2012 - 1 answer

What is the name of this haunting story?

Help me find a short story which I read when I was a kid. It might be a Hans Christian Andersen story, but I am not sure. [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix on May 10, 2010 - 4 answers

The person who answers this question will also be visited by a spirit of some kind

Looking for the name of a folk tale, probably of Asian origin, where a thief is caught by being convinced that a spirit will mark his back with ash [more inside]
posted by allen.spaulding on Mar 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me find the (possibly Italian) origins of a story I was told in my childhood about a little boy who carried goods from his mother's to his grandmother's home and vice versa.

I'm looking for a story (or folk tale) my grandfather used to tell me as a child. His parents came to the US from Italy when they were in their 20's, and had him shortly thereafter. So the story may have originated in Italy. [more inside]
posted by dm_nyc on Jul 15, 2008 - 10 answers

So realistic they leaped off the page.

Half-remembered fairy tale: a kid could only draw one eye on an animal, or else it would come to life. His secret is revealed when he's forced to draw both eyes on an animal, which then.. leaps off the page. What was this story? Where did it come from?
posted by cmyk on Dec 10, 2006 - 4 answers

What is the story about the goat-girl called?

where can I find this fairytale? I read it as a kid, it features two girls and a goat, but not like that. [more inside]
posted by henryis on Nov 30, 2006 - 3 answers

"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."

I'm looking for a certain story or legend about a woman who's village was invaded by troops. She kills them with kindness (or, more probably, knives) [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Dec 30, 2005 - 9 answers

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