Heroes aren’t always as they seem; often they’re ordinary people reacting to circumstances beyond their control or pursuing their only option. These stories upend traditional concepts of courage, honor, love, death, enchantment, and terror.
Joseph Helmreich is author of The Return (2017, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press). In addition to his writing, he is a member of alternative folk duo, Honeybrick, and a ventriloquist. He lives in New York City and works in film distribution.