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by John Baxter
Aug 10, 2011 (All Things Considered) — Fairy tales -- those stories of princes and princesses, spells and magic -- have sparked kids' imaginations for centuries. But author John Baxter suggests a very different kind of fiction to get young synapses firing: He recommends three tales filled with creepy characters you're sure to love.
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When people hear you're a writer, they often ask "where do you get your ideas?"
I sometimes wonder too, but in most cases I curb my curiosity. The eccentric private lives of certain authors, their unconventional lifestyles, their all-round touch of strange carry an implied warning — my friend, you don't want to know.
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