Cate Fricke

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Cate's fiction, plays, and book reviews have been published by The Masters Review, Fairy Tale Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Sycamore Review, Bookslut, Slate, Stage Partners, and more. She lives in State College, Pennsylvania.


Cover Photo: a row of six non-matching silver teaspoons, their oddly shaped bowls facing down, against a robin's-egg-blue background
Her Mother’s Spoons

Jealous of objects, that’s what grief makes you.

Aug 06, 2021
Cover Photo: a vintage illustration of a young woman next to a fawn, a scene from the fairy tale "Brother and Sister"
On Fairy Tales and the Ghostliness of Early Motherhood

What saves these lost mothers is different in every fairy tale; often they’re brought back simply by virtue of being recognized. For me, coming back to life took time.

Sep 03, 2019
Cover Photo: Art and Picture Collection, New York Public Library
Seizing the Means of Enchantment: What Fairy Tales Can Teach Us About Class and Wealth in the Age of the Mega-Corporation

Class systems are not fixed in fairy tales—in fact, fairy tales would almost seem to argue for the redistribution of wealth.

Aug 05, 2019
Cover Photo: painting by Victor Gabriel Gilbert / via wikimedia
When Male Fairy Tale Archetypes Are Used to Promote Harmful Sexual Ideologies

The long and fluid history of fairy tales shows us that men who want to control, dehumanize, and violate women have always existed.

Sep 26, 2018
Cover Photo: Art and Picture Collection, New York Public Library
Dreaming Machines: Fairy Tales in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

What, exactly, are the building blocks that make a fairy tale a fairy tale? And who—or what—might be making them in the future?

Jul 24, 2018
Cover Photo: from Märchenbuch, a German book of fairy tales (c. 1919) / image via wikimedia
Cover Photo: Illustration by H. J. Ford from ‘The Lilac Fairy Book,’ 1910
How Fairy Tales Teach Us to Love the Unknowable

Love is born in the quiet ways we reveal ourselves; how we notice and love our partners when they take on new, surprising forms.

May 02, 2018
Cover Photo: image via Art and Picture Collection/The New York Public Library
We Have Always Lived in the Woods: On Fairy Tales and the Monsters You Know

On the thin line between fairy tales and real-life horror stories, and how we survive.

Apr 03, 2018
Cover Photo: ‘Cinderella,’ by John Everett Millais, 1881
The Virtues of Willfulness: How Fairy Tales Teach Us to Look for Truths Beyond the Simple Stories

Too many people are fed one version of a story, a false one, and do not interrogate it. But the world of fairy tales is rife with opportunities to practice critical thinking, if only we look closer.

Mar 01, 2018
Cover Photo: image via Marta Shmatava/wikimedia
Point the Finger: Listening to Women and Seeking Justice in the Violent World of Fairy Tales

We’ve all had to reckon with the burden of untold stories. Every woman has one, and every woman carries around with her the stories of others.

Jan 10, 2018