FEARIE TALES ed by Stephen Jones


From Cinderella to Hansel and Gretel, the tales of the Brothers Grimm have been told for generations. Anyone who has read the original versions (the unedited for kids versions) knows these are dark and bloody stories indeed, but this latest collection edited by Stephen Jones takes the tales one step further with fifteen of today’s top horror authors adding their own twists to a variety of Grimm classics. Some of the stories are well known—Robert Shearman takes on Hansel and Gretel with his “Peckish” and both Ramsey Campbell and John Ajvide Lindqvist offer up very different versions of Rumpelstiltskin—while other tales may be a bit lesser so—Angela Slatter tackles The Robber Bridegroom and Garth Nix offers up a weird western version of The Hare’s Bride—but each tale is preceded by its Grimm inspiration.

A few of my personal favorites include Peter Crowther’s “The Artemis Line,” a dark and creepy tale inspired by the Grimm’s story of changelings; Neil Gaiman’s oddly lyrical “Down to a Sunless Sea,” inspired by The Singing Bone; Michael Marshall Smith’s super fun “Look Inside”; and of course John Ajvide Lindqvist’s “Come Unto Me,” which plays on the Scandinavian legend of the tomte.

For anyone who enjoys horror and fairy tales, this is the perfect collection (and it makes for some nightmarish bedtime reading!). Whether you like your stories gory and gruesome or chillingly atmospheric, there’s something in Fearie Tales for everyone.

Fearie Tales is out now in the UK and will be available in the U.S. 9/23/2014

Table of Contents:
Introduction: Don’t Scare the Children
The Wilful Child
Find my Name by Ramsey Campbell
The Singing Bone
Down to a Sunless Sea by Neil Gaiman
Open Your Window, Golden Hair by Tanith Lee
The Hare’s Bride
Crossing the Line by Garth Nix
Hansel and Gretel
Peckish by Robert Shearman
The Three Little Men in the Wood
Look Inside by Michael Marshall Smith
The Story of a Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was
Fräulein Fearnot by Markus Heitz
The Ash-Boy by Christopher Fowler
The Elves #1
The Changeling by Brian Lumley
The Nixie of Mill-Pond
The Silken Drum by Reggie Oliver
The Robber Bridegroom
By the Weeping Gate by Angela Slatter
Fräu Trude
Anything to Me is Sweeter, Than to Cross Shock-Headed Peter by Brian Hodge
The Elves #2
The Artemis Line by Peter Crowther
The Old Woman in the Wood
The Silken People by Joanne Harris
Come Unto Me by John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Shroud

3/14 Becky Lejeune

FEARIE TALES ed by Stephen Jones. Jo Fletcher Books (24 Oct 2013). ISBN 978-1782064701. 430p. (UK)
Jo Fletcher Books (September 23, 2014). ISBN 978-1623658069 (US)

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