Niamh and the Hermit: A Fairy Tale

by Emily C. A. Snyder

Publisher: Arx Pub (November 1, 2002)

The daughter of a King and a Fairy, the Princess Niamh is glorious fair. But her incredible beauty proves a curse when no suitor can withstand even a moment in her presence without running mad. The kingdom’s only hope rests upon a mysterious Hermit. With the claws and wings of an eagle, the head and tail of a lion, the mystery of a magician, and the piety of a saint, he alone may hold her. But a vengeful Count schemes to ruin the Princess and lead her to perdition before her betrothed arrives. A rich story crafted in the evocative lyric style of Lord Dunsany, Niamh and the Hermit is an exultation of the classic fairy tale. Emily Snyder takes us through Celtic mist to a world of mystic wonder. Imagine Tolkien’s true north sailing west. Imagine Gandalf wandering in the legendary footsteps of St. Patrick. Imagine the Numenorean Faithful sailing in the wake of St. Brendan. Imagine a ripple of Rivendell flowing into the living waters of Tara. Imagine Lothlorien fading into the faerie fogs of Erin. Imagine Middle Earth coloured in forty shades of green. – Prof. Joseph Pearce, Ave Maria University, author of Tolkien: Man and Myth A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Emily C. A. Snyder has been inventing stories since she was old enough to babble. Creator of the Christian Guide to Fantasy website and the Tower of Ivory Literary E-Zine, Ms. Snyder teaches drama and has directed performances ranging from Shakespeare to musicals.


Letters of Love & Deception
by Emily C. A. Snyder
Publisher: Gaudete Press; 2 edition (February 13, 2018)

WHAT IF…All of Jane Austen’s villains met on a dark and stormy night? We found out why Miss Bates never married? There was a secret plot lurking behind the pages of PERSUASION? Mr. Darcy’s house was *literally* haunted? Settle in for special Valentine’s Day treat, a veritable portrait gallery of Jane Austenesque short stories from the author of NACHTSTURM CASTLE: A GOTHIC AUSTEN SATIRE.

“I have read these stories time and time again and never tire of them. I catch new, subtle references to Austen’s beloved novels with each new read. The best parts are when we see the true essence of the original characters in a new situation. And then there is Snyder’s writing which is as similar to Austen’s in syntax and approach to subject matter as I’ve read anywhere.” – Laura McDonald,


Nachtstürm Castle: A Gothic Austen Satire
by Emily C. A. Snyder (Author),‎ Suzanne T. Fortin (Narrator),‎ Gaudete Press (Publisher)
Publisher: Gaudete Press

Catherine Tilney had settled in for a quiet, respectable, distinctly non-Gothic English life in the countryside with her husband, the Reverend Henry Tilney. Unfortunately, a quiet, respectable, distinctly non-Gothic life had not settled itself for her. An original sequel to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Nachtstürm Castle whisks the reader and its heroine away to the border countries in the Austrian Alps, where adventure, mistaken identities, lost heirs, and terrifying butlers lurk.



Miss Bates’ Something Blue (Letters of Love & Deception Book 3)
by Emily C. A. Snyder
Publisher: Gaudete Press; 1 edition (February 26, 2018)

On the eve of her niece’s wedding, Miss Bates creeps into her attic to gather something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. But although the town considers the talkative spinster to be a silly woman, there was one man – once – who loved Miss Bates just the way she was. This sweet sequel to Jane Austen’s EMMA is sure to bring something blue to your eye, too.




Cupid and Psyche ~ A New Play in Blank Verse: The Bad Quarto Limited Edition
by Emily C. A. Snyder
Publisher: Turn to Flesh Productions; 1 edition (January 17, 2014)

Aphrodite, the goddess of Love, becomes incensed to discover that all men have left her to worship Psyche, a young mortal who disdains love. She determines to kill her rival, and sets her son, Cupid, to the task…except that he, too, becomes infatuated. However, when Passion is unbound, he proves monstrous, as Psyche quickly learns when she rejects her invisible suitor’s advances. To prevent the “Beast” from terrorizing her own family, who are now afraid to show affection to one another, Psyche takes Cupid as her husband to “rid the world of Love.” But when Passion is married to the Soul, even a Beast can change…

Like a DVD you can read…The Bad Quarto Limited Edition includes not only the “playwright’s cut” of “Cupid and Psyche,” but also behind the scenes glimpses into writing and rehearsing, a brief primer on writing in verse, deleted scenes, and the answer to the burning question: Who needs DVD commentaries when you can read them?


Charming the Moon: Tales from the Twelve Kingdoms
by Emily Snyder
Publisher: Arx Publishing, LLC (September 27, 2014)

Emily Snyder’s mythical world of the Twelve Kingdoms, introduced in the full-length novel Niamh and the Hermit, is brought to life again in Chaming the Moon. This little tome contains a pair of short stories which elaborate upon the ancient history of the Twelve Kingdoms, hearkening back to the Perpetual Twilight when there was no Day or Night.

In the first tale, Brigglekin the Dwarf is called upon to free a beautiful girl trapped within a silver sphere. Once she is in his possession, however, he is unable to liberate this precious treasure and watches as she slowly wastes away within her protecting globe.

Östrung the Giant tells the tale of the pining young Sun who longed to be reunited with his love the Moon, enlisting the help of a kindly giant to carry him to the very western edge of the world.


Pride and Paraliterature (Letters of Love & Deception Book 2)
by Emily C. A. Snyder
Publisher: Gaudete Press; 1 edition (February 26, 2018)

Mr Darcy brooded. Beset by swamp monsters, boogie men, and even the occasional vampire, nothing compared to the horror of losing the affections of Miss Elizabeth Bennet. That is – until he found Miss Bingley waiting in the drawing room. A send-up of Quirk Books’ monster mash-ups, PRIDE AND PARALITERATURE is sure to please!




A Most Persuasive Correspondence (Letters of Love & Deception Book 1)
by Emily C. A. Snyder
Publisher: Gaudete Press; 1 edition (February 25, 2018)

When that scoundrel, William Walter Elliot, returns to Bath, he expects to walk into his estranged uncle’s life and easily claim his inheritance. Little does he know that Mrs. Penelope Clay has already laid a trap to gain the baronetcy for herself. Letters fly as fast as alliances as these two villains from Jane Austen’s PERSUASION engage in a battle of wits, romance, and deception.




Wallace’s Will (A Play)
by Emily C. A. Snyder
Publisher: Playscripts (2000)

Comedy of Manners / Terence Wimbledon-Greene, bachelor of a thousand names and disguises, has finally decided to give up his wild ways. But when news arrives of his eccentric Uncle Wallace’s death, Terence has just twenty-five minutes to get a girl to marry him if he wants to inherit his uncle’s fortune. Unfortunately, the only girls who’ll have him believe he’s someone else — and the only one he wants, wants nothing to do with him. In the style of a classic comedy of manners, Wallace’s Will is chock-full of mistaken identities, drawing-room hijinks, and ridiculous accents. (Cast: 5 f, 4 m, 1 either ~ 9-30 actors possible: 4-25 f, 3-10 m)



Math for Actors (A Play)
by Emily C. A. Snyder
Publisher: Playscripts (2000)

Comedy / Math meets mayhem when studious Kate agrees to tutor Keith, an arrogant actor who’s more interested in Kate than in calculus. He shows up late, he’s still in costume, and he doesn’t know or care what the angle of inclination is. Answering such burning questions as how many actors it takes to screw in a light bulb, Math for Actors explores the relationship between art and algebra, and finds a common denominator. (Cast: 1 f, 1 m)




The French Butler (A Play)
by Emily C. A. Snyder
Publisher: Playscripts (2000)

Romantic Comedy / Philip’s in love — there’s just one little problem: the girl Philip loves is the boss’ ward. And sure enough, when his employer finds out, Philip finds himself without a job — and without the girl. What’s a young man to do? Impersonate a French butler, of course! This fast-paced and Wilde-esque comedy is a delightful ride through the absurdities of class, the dangers of suspicion, and the vital importance of being in love. (Cast: 4 f, 4 m ~ 8-16 actors possible: 4-12 f, 4-12 m)




Charming Princes (A Play)
by Emily C. A. Snyder
Publisher: Playscripts (2000)

Comedy / Cinderella lived the dream: she donned a gown of starlight, waltzed with the prince, and stole a (somewhat wet and slimy) kiss. So what if Charming couldn’t take a hint, even when it smacked him with a six-inch stiletto? He was a prince, and that’s what Cinderella had wished for…right? Fortunately, Fairy Godmother extraordinaire Lilynimble Merryweather is on hand to sort out stale dreams and unwanted wishes, even if it means resorting to charming a prince or two. (Cast: 2 f, 2 m, 1 either ~ 4-20 actors possible: 2-10 f, 2-10 m)




The Light Princess
by Emily C. A. Snyder
Publisher: YouthPLAYS (December 14, 2017)

When a Princess is cursed with a lack of gravity, it seems the worst that can happen is that she might float around! But the curse goes deeper than that: for the Light Princess can’t feel, can’t empathize—and never, ever cries. How can a girl who can’t fall, ever fall in love? How can a girl with her head in the clouds, ever learn to live with her feet on the ground? Full of action, adventure, witches and duels, swimming and soaring, puppets and puns, The Light Princess, adapted from George MacDonald’s classic fairy tale, is sure to lift your spirits.

30-40 minutes (flexible). 3+ females, 3+ males, 7+ gender-flexible roles (13+ performers possible). Ideal for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, youth theatres, universities and community theatres.

Published and performances licensed by YouthPLAYS (, publisher of plays for young actors and audiences.