Myth Mondays: Behind the Scenes with The Dark Night Rusalka by Rebecca Bond

For part two in a series of ‘Myth Mondays’ from the wonderful authors who contributed to Seducing the MythI’d like to welcome Rebecca Bond. Read on for some background on her story, The Dark Night Rusalka…


Total honesty. I don’t know one myth from the other. I vaguely recall learning about Medusa in an English class when I was about fourteen, but let’s face it, there’s a high probability that I wasn’t listening, so when the submission call went out for Seducing the Myth I cried inside. I had absolutely no intention of writing a story for this one. Not only am I clueless when it comes to myths and legends, but I’m also pretty uninterested, so I pushed my pen aside and moved on to the next.

That was, of course, until two days before the deadline when I heard The Father talking about a story his dad used to tell him as a child. The story of the Rusalka. Like I said, I’m clueless, but Google is a wonderful thing and by the power of Google I began to scribble down my own version of this folk tale. Essentially the story is the same, but I’ve added a few extras to spice it up a bit so I hope folks that are familiar with the tale won’t mind.

For those that don’t know, I’m from Polish heritage and so I went down that route as opposed to Greek or Roman mythology. I wrote the tale, had my arse kicked by the tale, edited the tale and then got it vetted by my best pal (a native Pole) to check for accuracy in lingo etc. Luckily it passed her very scrupulous eye, and that of her Mother’s in Warsaw apparently, before I got the go-ahead. And a rollicking for corrupting a story from her childhood. Oops.

Anyhoo, The Dark Night Rusalka is a sweet and loving tale about a young woman trying to reach Heaven. Or is it. . .?

Find out more about Rebecca on her website,

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5 Responses to "Myth Mondays: Behind the Scenes with The Dark Night Rusalka by Rebecca Bond"

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  1. Kay Dee Royal

    August 15, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Rebecca – LOL, I love your honesty about not knowing or caring about Mythology and Legends…and then having one thrown in your face.

    I’m glad you got a taste for a legend, after all – and that you’re story is a wonderful part of Seducing the Myth.

    It sounds like you just got seduced by a myth.


  2. Rebecca Bond

    August 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Kay, I did indeed get seduced by a myth! The sneaky blighter just crept right on up and hit me in the face – utter rudeness! But in the end I enjoyed writing the tale and I hope people enjoy reading it. Rebecca x

  3. Kay jaybee

    August 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Having had the priviledge of reading all the stories squeezed into this fabulous new anthology, I can truly say- this one is a corker- yummy. I had no previous knowledge of Polish myths- must look at more… Kay x

  4. Justine Elyot

    August 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Intriguing! I’m getting closer to your story as I progress through the book and looking forward to it. I’m fascinated by different Eastern European cultures and folklore – I’m so pleased there’s a mix of different myths in this book.

  5. Louisa Bacio

    August 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Wow! Two days! That’s totally impressive, but that’s also one thing about reading calls for submissions. I often think, “I don’t have anything for that.” And then my mind starts to work.