Twenty curses, old and new, from bestselling fantasy authors such as Neil Gaiman, Christina Henry, M.R. Carey and Charlie Jane Anders.
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It's a prick of blood, the bite of an apple, the evil eye, a wedding ring or a pair of red shoes. Curses come in all shapes and sizes, and they can happen to anyone, not just those of us with unpopular stepparents...
Here you'll find unique twists on curses, from fairy tale classics to brand-new hexes of the modern world - expect new monsters and mythologies as well as twists on well-loved fables. Stories to shock and stories of warning, stories of monsters and stories of magic.
TWENTY TIMELESS FOLKTALES, NEW AND OLD
KAREN JOY FOWLER
MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH
CHARLIE JANE ANDERS
O'Regan and Kane, who previously collaborated as editors on Wonderland, an anthology of stories inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, bring together 18 new and reimagined fairy tales in this spellbinding anthology, bookended by poems from Jane Yolen. Karen Joy Fowler's "The Black Fairy's Curse" is a dreamy, disorienting rendition of "Sleeping Beauty"; Neil Gaiman's lovely, tragic "Troll Bridge" draws from "Three Billy Goats Gruff"; and Angela Slatter's standout "New Wine" is a truly chilling modernization of "Bluebeard." While most of these stories transpose fairy tale elements into contemporary England, Lilith Saintcrow conjures a fully realized fantasy world with "Hanza and Ghana." The anthology's original stories also draw from folklore, as with the screaming skulls of Maura McHugh's "Faith and Fred" and the beguiling but dangerous fae folk of Catriona Ward's "At That Age." These stories are by turns eerie, grotesque, and delightful, ranging in tone from the broadly humorous fantasy of Charlie Jane Anders's "Fairy Werewolf vs. Vampire Zombie" to the visceral body horror of James Brogden's "Skin." Readers won't have to be Brothers Grimm fans to appreciate this dark m lange.