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Fearie Tales

by Stephen Jones (Editor)

Other authors: Ramsey Campbell (Contributor), Peter Crowther (Contributor), Christopher Fowler (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Joanne Harris (Contributor)11 more, Markus Heitz (Contributor), Brian Hodge (Contributor), Alan Lee (Cover artist), Tanith Lee (Contributor), John Ajvide Lindqvist (Contributor), Brian Lumley (Contributor), Garth Nix (Contributor), Reggie Oliver (Contributor), Robert Shearman (Contributor), Angela Slatter (Contributor), Michael Marshall Smith (Contributor)

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Basically what it says on the tin. Old Grimm stories, translated and not Disneyfied, bracketing new Grimm-inspired stories by authors including Neil Gaiman, Michael Marshall Smith, Tanith Lee, and Brian Hodge. Robert Shearman’s take on Hansel and Gretel was quite creepy, and the volume ends with a bang with John Ajvide Linqvist’s story of a household spirit who will ensure a family’s prosperity … for a small price. ( )
  rivkat | Oct 22, 2015 |
I received a free copy of this book from Edelweiss.

Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome is a collection of frightening short stories inspired by fairy tales. The fairy tales are re-imagined in a modern setting, but they’re just as terrifying and gruesome as the original Grimm stories.

Many of the stories are inspired by the same fairy tales: Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Hansel and Gretel came up a few times. Each author puts a different spin on the story. Other authors chose to seek inspiration outside of the Grimm stories, and chose folk and fairy tales from other parts of the world.

“Come Unto Me,” a story by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, is a terrifying story based on the tomte of Swedish folklore. Tension builds throughout the story, leading to an ending that is both ambiguous and horrifying.

“The Silken Drum,” written by Reggie Oliver, is another standout. A man rents out his cottage to a Japanese woman and her son, and while she’s quite charming, she’s also a little bit… off.

“The Silken People,” by Joanne Harris, is a cautionary tale, in the tradition of the original fairy tales. A girl wants to see the leader of the Silken People, the Lacewing King, though her one-eyed nurse warns her away from him. She doesn’t listen.

This book is a very entertaining read, though you may want to sleep with the lights on afterwards.

Rating: 4 Gnomes out of 5

This review originally appeared on gnomereviews.ca. ( )
  gnomereviews | Oct 29, 2014 |
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Jones, StephenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Campbell, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crowther, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fowler, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harris, JoanneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heitz, MarkusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hodge, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, AlanCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, TanithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lindqvist, John AjvideContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lumley, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nix, GarthContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oliver, ReggieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shearman, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Slatter, AngelaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Award-winning editor Stephen Jones has tasked some of the brightest and best horror writers in Britain, America and Europe with reinterpreting some of the Grimm Brothers' tales, putting a decidedly darker spin on the classic stories.

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