Edited by: Marie O’Regan
Published by: Titan Books
Pages: 384
Reviewed by: Naomi Downing

Fairy tales take a weird twist in this anthology compiling stories from an all-star cast of fantasy writers, including Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon, Lillith Saintcrow, Charlie Jane Anders, and Alison Littlewood.

In this incredible book you will find unique twists on the fairy tale conceit of the curse, from the more traditional to the modern – giving us brand new mythologies as well as new approaches to well-loved fables. Some might shock you, some might make you laugh, but they will all impress you with their originality.
This is a great collection of stories, I was so excited when I got it because of my love of fairy tales. I do want to warn that some of the stories can get graphic, so read with caution. I love the artwork on the cover! There were so many awesome stories in this book it’s hard to pick favorites…so here’s my impression on some of the stories:

AS RED AS BLOOD, AS WHITE AS SNOW was an interesting take on the old “Prince Charming” tales. This Prince has more in mind than just marriage. Totally loved how the stepmother wasn’t evil.

TROLL BRIDGE was a story I wasn’t expecting. It was a good read and I would love to real a full length novel about the troll.

LISTEN is definitely something I would read as a full length novel, to find out more about the story. I loved how it was a twist of The Pied Piper and it showed the emotions the player goes through.

HENRY AND THE SNAKEWOOD BOX was different. I love going to thrift stores and yard sales so I totally get the feeling of finding something unique, this box would probably end up getting buried if I had gotten it.
FAITH & FRED was an interesting story, not sure if the author was going for a Hansel and Gretel feel but that’s how it felt to me. I totally wasn’t expecting the ending.

WENDY, DARLING was a tough read for me. I do think it a good story but the topic of losing a child is hard.
Overall this is a solid collection of dark and some not so dark stories. I definitely found some new author’s I want to check out and also a push to check out some I’ve heard of but never read. Even the “not so great” stories in this book are well written. I highly recommend it to lovers of horror or dark fantasy and fairy tales.


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