Microstories: Legends

Three 100-word stories that combine modern urban legends and old rural Finnish folklore. Not The Kalevala. Some of the sources for these can be found in Risto Pulkkinen’s Suomalainen kansanusko (2014).

Warning: Horror fiction – deals with domestic abuse and graphic murder.


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I say no
to the stories that tattoo their patterns
in cold copper wiring
under our skins.

To the terrified
to lightning brushing copper,
I say yes.

Love is the law,
chant the man and his dinner,
love under will
and I say no.

No is the law
and the only law
is no.