The best writers of our generation retell classic tales.
From Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene to E. M. Forster's "The Machine Stops," literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, the ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them, the ones that have become ingrained in modern culture, and the ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and reassemble them for a new generation of readers.
Written from a twenty-first century perspective and set within the realms of science fiction, dystopian fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction, these short stories are as moving and thought provoking as their originators. They pay homage to groundbreaking literary achievements of the past while celebrating each author's unique perception and innovative style.
Today's most acclaimed authors use their own unique styles to rebuild the twelve timeless stories:
Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene - Saladin Ahmed
W. W. Jacobs's "The Monkey's Paw" - Kelley Armstrong
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" - Holly Black
"Sleeping Beauty" - Neil Gaiman
The Brothers Grimm's "Rumpelstiltskin" - Kami Garcia
Kate Chopin's The Awakening - Melissa Marr
Rudyard Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King" - Garth Nix
Henry James's "The Jolly Corner" - Tim Pratt
E. M. Forster's "The Machine Stops" - Carrie Ryan
Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto - Margaret Stohl
William Seabrook's "The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban" - Gene Wolfe
Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birth-Mark" - Rick Yancey
And six illustrations by Charles Vess
In this eclectic anthology, Marr (Carnival of Souls) and Pratt (Liar's Blade) bring together 10 other authors, as well as illustrator Charles Vess, to reinterpret and reimagine a dozen classic stories, novels, and fairy tales. The mandate: to "boil those stories down to the rags and bones, and make something new from their fundamental essences." The results derive from both familiar source material, such as Kelley Armstrong's dystopian take on "The Monkey's Paw" and Neil Gaiman's splendid reworking of "Sleeping Beauty," as well as less-remembered, like Margaret Stohl's haunting update of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto and Pratt's thought-provoking look at Henry James's "The Jolly Corner." Holly Black delivers a seductive update of "Carmilla," while Marr takes on The Awakening. The tales tend toward the dark and Gothic, with happy or comforting endings in short supply, but the range of tones and approaches offers plenty for readers to savor. It's a solid collection that may trigger flashbacks to English class among current and former students alike. Ages 15 up.