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Once Upon an Apocalypse: 23 Twisted Fairy…

Once Upon an Apocalypse: 23 Twisted Fairy Tales

by Jonathan Maberry (Introduction), Scott T. Goudsward (Editor), Rachel Kenley (Editor)

Other authors: John Boden (Contributor), Tracy L. Carbone (Contributor), Wendy Dabrowski (Contributor), T. Fox Dunham (Contributor), Sean Eads (Contributor)18 more, Celeste Hall (Contributor), Amber Keller (Contributor), Rachel Kenley (Contributor), Randy Lindsay (Contributor), Sean Logan (Contributor), Katherine Marciniak (Contributor), Joe McKinney (Contributor), Christopher Peruzzi (Contributor), Jeffrey C. Pettengill (Contributor), Suzanne Robb (Contributor), Stephen D. Rogers (Contributor), Brian M. Sammons (Contributor), Herb Shallcross (Contributor), Justin Short (Contributor), Benjamin T. Smith (Contributor), KH Vaughan (Contributor), Sheri White (Contributor), Trisha Wooldridge (Contributor)

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Series: Call of Cthulhu Fiction (6056)

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As Jonathan Maberry notes in his introduction, the original body of work we refer to as fairy tales “were actually pretty damn scary.” This book takes the simple concept of the fairy tale, most of which didn’t have happy endings until the Big Mouse got his mitts on them, and makes the endings even unhappier by adding zombies. Suddenly the Little Red Hen is a survivalist, the Billy Goats Gruff prefer trolls to the alternative, and the Pied Piper has bigger infestation issues than rats. Imagine the Brothers Grimm were writing fairy tales in a post-apocalypse world and you’ll have an idea of the theme of Once upon an Apocalypse.

If you’re inclined to believe that the zombie craze has pretty much flooded the market, this will be a refreshing reimagining of the genre. This anthology contains 23 stories that are a mash-up of zombies and fairy tales. Some of the writers approach the material more seriously than others but even the most serious piece has its tongue firmly in its cheek. Let’s face it, a military foray against the undead can’t be entirely straight-faced when the narrator is the Gingerbread Man. Just don’t plan of reading these tales to junior at bedtime unless you enjoy those 3 AM terrors.

The companion book, a mash up of fairy tales and the Lovecraftian mythos has been delayed by the publisher. This is a pity. Based on this volume, the second one promises to be just as wryly gruesome as the first. ( )
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Maberry, JonathanIntroductionprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goudsward, Scott T.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Kenley, RachelEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Boden, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carbone, Tracy L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dabrowski, WendyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dunham, T. FoxContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eads, SeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hall, CelesteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keller, AmberContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kenley, RachelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lindsay, RandyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Logan, SeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marciniak, KatherineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKinney, JoeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Peruzzi, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pettengill, Jeffrey C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robb, SuzanneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rogers, Stephen D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sammons, Brian M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shallcross, HerbContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Short, JustinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Benjamin T.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vaughan, KHContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, SheriContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wooldridge, TrishaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oliver, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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