In the pages of this book can be found the resultant mixtures of malice and beauty, of fantasy and reality. The grim parts are truly that; the abuse is terrible, the entrapment real. But the triumphs and splendour are also genuine. The storytellers have spoken from a position of strength – a strength that they have been given by friends and family, by organisations such as the Women’s Refuge, or that they have found within themselves. Their tales educate us by example, and education is one of the keys if we are to improve on this nation’s currently horrific rates of domestic violence.
This book is dedicated to the thirteen brave women and children who told the stories of their journeys from darkness to light, from abuse to freedom; and to all those who have yet to make that journey, for whom we hope this book provides both inspiration and guidance.
(This excerpt taken from the dedication page of Grim Tales. Editor Chad Dick)
My story is: The Warrior Queen. Anna’s story, illustrated by James Stanbridge