Fiction Focus: Melissa Lemon’s ‘Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem’ excerpt

Think you know the Snow White fairy tale? Think again.

Melissa Lemon’s “Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem” retells the classic story, but with a 21st-century twist.

Today’s fiction excerpt comes from Lemon’s forthcoming novel, which will be released on Dec. 11 but is presently available for pre-order at and


“Now, you don’t want to be dealing with anyoneby the name of Simkins. Every one of them’s beennothing but trouble since anyone can remember.Ifyou’ve met any Simkins, every dwarf in the kingdomof Mischief will have pity on you.”

“How many dwarves are there in Mischief?”