Snow White, Blood Red

Snow White Blood Red Once upon a time fairy tales were for children But no longer You hold in your hands a volume of wonders magical tales of trolls and ogres of bewitched princesses and kingdoms accursed penned by som

Once upon a time, fairy tales were for children But no longer.You hold in your hands a volume of wonders magical tales of trolls and ogres, of bewitched princesses and kingdoms accursed, penned by some of the most acclaimed fantasists of our day But these are not bedtime stories designed to usher an innocent child gently into a realm of dreams These are stories thaOnce upon a time, fairy tales were for children But no longer.You hold in your hands a volume of wonders magical tales of trolls and ogres, of bewitched princesses and kingdoms accursed, penned by some of the most acclaimed fantasists of our day But these are not bedtime stories designed to usher an innocent child gently into a realm of dreams These are stories that bite lush and erotic, often dark and disturbing mystical journeys through a phantasmagoric landscape of distinctly adult sensibilities where there is no such thing as happily ever after.

  • ☆ Snow White, Blood Red ¸ Ellen Datlow Terri Windling Elizabeth A. Lynn Harvey Jacobs Steve Rasnic Tem Melanie Tem Caroline Stevermer Ryan Edmonds
    245 Ellen Datlow Terri Windling Elizabeth A. Lynn Harvey Jacobs Steve Rasnic Tem Melanie Tem Caroline Stevermer Ryan Edmonds
Snow White, Blood Red

  1. Ellen Datlow Terri Windling Elizabeth A. Lynn Harvey Jacobs Steve Rasnic Tem Melanie Tem Caroline Stevermer Ryan Edmonds says:
    Ellen Datlow has been an award winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co edited a large number of award winning original anthologies Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After the last three with Terri Windling.She is the winner of multiple awards for her editing, including the World Fantasy Award, Locus Award, Hugo Award, International Horror Guild Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Bram Stoker Award She was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for outstanding contribution to the genre And has been given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association She co hosts the popular Fantastic Fiction at KGB Bar series of readings in New York City where she lives.

931 Reply to “Snow White, Blood Red”

  1. A very adult collection of fairy tale re tellings From Little Red Riding Hood to Snow White, these are not stories that I d share with my child or any impressionable young mind.Fairy tales haven t always been exclusively for children as Terri Windling explains in the introduction fairy tales were never initially intended for nursery duty They have been put there, as J.R.R Tolkien so evocatively expressed it, like old furniture fallen out of fashion that grown ups no longer want And like furnitur [...]

  2. Sigh Aside from a few surprising gems, like Neil Gaiman s thing about a troll, and something else that I forget this book is disappointing The trouble with modern fairy tales is people think that the only way to make a fairy tale adult or dark is by involving lots and lots of rape and molestation of little girls, and while I suppose that sort of thing works for a while, there s a point at which I have to say, I m sorry, your deep inner meaning was lost in the ICK Get a damn imagination, people O [...]

  3. M ost fairy tales were never initially intended for nursery duty They have been put there, as J R R Tolkien so evocatively expressed it, like old furniture fallen out of fashion that the grown ups no longer want And like furniture banished to the children s playroom, the tales that have been banished from the mainstream of modern adult literature have suffered misuse as well as neglect Terri WindlingMany adults dismiss fairy tales as being too childish, too sweet and innocent, but fairy tales ar [...]

  4. These are retellings of classic Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales that we re all familiar with with adult twists and turns put on them, some of them reworked in a modern setting, some not Some of them are horror stories, some of them are suspense thrillers, all of them are at least mildly creepy I enjoyed all of them, if only for seeing how all the tales I grew up with were subverted and twisted around I also enjoyed learning that these tales are probably closer to the origi [...]

  5. It has been a long time since I sat down and read this book, and so I can barely remember a lot of my impressions and thoughts about it However, it retains a place in my book case for several reasons.The first reason why it will never leave my bookcase is because it contains a story called A Sound, Like Angels Singing This story, written by an author who I had not heard of at the time Leonard Rysdyk , is pure genius It is visceral, haunting, and touching and outshines every story in this collect [...]

  6. Very disappointing first installment, and that was a big negative surprise In hindsight, it s turned out to be for the better that I got into these fairy tale anthologies picking the books out of order, because had I started with this, the sheer mediocrity of the stories would ve probably thrown me off of reading further volumes, and it d have been a great loss, for there s dozens of amazing stories in this collection s books.As positives the short story I Shall Do Thee Mischief in the Wood by K [...]

  7. Of the various fairy tale anthologies in this series that I ve read, it is certainly the darkest and most unsettling I really enjoyed Charles de Lint s story, The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep, and I liked Patrica McKillip s The Snow Queen, but other than that, I thought that a large number of the stories were too dark for my taste.Trigger warnings Little Red contains implied seduction of a minor by a wolf In I Shall Do Thee Mischief in the Wood, it is implied that the narrator is intending to [...]

  8. A terrific collection of fairy tales told and retold in the fashion of the originals Violent with adult themes of angst and sexuality This is Snow White before Disney diluted the tales A fun and exciting read.

  9. The original, or older, or simply non Disney versions of most fairy tales are highly disturbing It seems that half the authors in this collection took that as a challenge to make modern fairy tales five times as disturbing as the disturbing originals This does not mean the tales are bad These are very good authors, with a highly developed sense of writing, of the magical, of imparting ideas without spelling out every minute detail, of leaving the audience with a good starting point for discussio [...]

  10. As a fan of fairy tales, I had great hopes for this collection of reinvented classics Sadly, most of the stories in the collection were fairly lackluster, neither inspiring new depth to old stories, nor faithfully recreating them There are some stunning exceptions, however, most notably the stories by Neil Gaiman, Leonard Rysdyk, and Patricia McKillip, offering their takes on the Billy Goats Gruff, the Pied Piper, and the Snow Queen, respectively Troll Bridge has a boy who promises his life to a [...]

  11. This is a collection of fairy tales re written for adults It seems that when the authors, who are fabulous in their own right i.e Charles De Lint, Tanith Lee, Patricia McKillip , were asked to do work on this project they were just told to make them for adults This book reads like a contest to see how much sex, violence, and gore can be crammed into a beloved fairy tale While one or two are engaging, most are filled with violence and sexual content We cannot recommend this collection for anyone [...]

  12. This collection of short stories are re tellings of fairy tales Some are very recognizable, told from varying view points or told in a different time Others are subtle but still maintain the fairy tale theme Most of the stories are good, though there are a few that are a bit hard to get through Some are funny, most are sensual, and all have been re done to appeal to adults There are several books in this collection, this one being the first Fairy tale fans should enjoy this collection.

  13. I was really looking forward to this book I actually recognized a few of the authors not something that happens much for me , one of which happened to be Neil Gaiman.Seeing this book went something like this Wow, what a neat cover Oh, fairy tale retellings That sounds like it would be something I d real OMFG NEIL GAIMAN MUST BUY NOWYea, that s basically how it went down in the store Maybe a bit fangirling and squealing, and clutching of the book Maybe I won t admit to it though I love retelling [...]

  14. I really wanted to read this book because it was a collection of retold and twisted fairy tales and I m obsessed with books like that I felt like that would be no different, that I d love the stories in this book, but I ended up feeling like most of them were mediocre at best.I did like how some of the stories focused on the less well known fairy tales, so even if I didn t know the specifics of those stories I could always see the fairy tale feel of the writing Yet a lot of it didn t click for m [...]

  15. This came very close to being a five star book, and it was easy for me to see why it s garnered so much admiration amongst fans of retold fairy tales The only thing that kept it from getting five stars is that there were two or three stories that fell short But the rest of the stories than made up for it Most of the stories in this collection felt just the right length to give fairy tales a deeper exploration without dragging them out than necessary As I work on my own fairy tale short story n [...]

  16. I read this anthology a few years ago, but it stays in my mind pretty well I thought a few of the stories were really creative retellings Leonard Rysdy s A Sound, Like Angels Singing was especially unique and interesting, even though it was not one of my favorites Patricia A McKillip s Snow Queen and Lisa Goldstein s Breadcrumbs and Stones were great stories that also had interesting premises For the most part I didn t like the other works in this book very much It isn t that I mind adult versi [...]

  17. I wanted to like this book I really really did With the exception of a few stories, mostly contributions by Charles de Lint and Neil Gaiman, I was over all disappointed This collection of short stories means to bring dark twists to classic fairy tales for a adult audience to enjoy Most these stories just contain very awkward sexual scenes, some of which even include child molestations, which is beyond my comfort zone I feel most these authors thought adding sexual content would make these tales [...]

  18. This was something I had been looking for all of my adult life darker re telling of classic fairy tales It s probably the reason this was a disappointment These aren t so much as re tellings as they are alternate tellings to the point where where they where for the most part unrecognizable There are a few standouts, such as Neil Gaiman s re telling of The Billy Goats Gruff which reminds me I must returnto Gaiman s Sandman comics soon and Gahan Wilson s take on The Frog Prince, but the rest left [...]

  19. Highly recommended for fans of erotica, horror and dark fantasy, this collection of original short stories revises well known fairy tales for the adult reader Many take place in contemporary settings and feature strong sexual and or horror themes More than a few are quite disturbing much to my delight While Snow White and Red Riding Hood seem to get the most treatment here at least 2 versions of each , my personal favorite is a vivid and harrowing spin on Rapunzel titled At The Root of the Matte [...]

  20. My Favorites Like a Red, Red Rose not a retelling of any particular tale, but it feels so very familiar.The Root of the Matter and The Princess in the Tower perhaps I just have a soft spot for the Rapunzel tale.Troll Bridge one of my favorite tales as a child, and one I remember making my Grandmother read over and over to me againThree Billy Goats GruffA Sound Like Angels Singing I won t ruin it, but a beautiful tale, from a different perspectiveKnives a poem, a fairy tale, beauty and horror tog [...]

  21. Started off promising The first few stories were really good but it seemed to kind of drop off from there That s one problem with anthologies you usually don t like all the authors Some of the fairy tales were interpretations of established stories, others seemed to come from out of the blue Generally, the interpretations were not as good as the original stories in this collection The disappointed I got, the I skimmed and didn t bother actually read.

  22. While I enjoyed the stories they all started feeling the same They are a retelling of fairy tales like Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Hansel and Gretel, etc These take the brothers Grimm route Very dark, very adult, very erotic While it was interesting having such a spin put on them it felt like it was only one spin, sex While that s not all bad they just started blending together after a while.

  23. This is the first fairy tale collection that Datlow and Windling did It includes several intersting and very dark and adult retelling of stories Overall the collection is excellent Stand outs include Yolen s dark poem about Cinderella, Stalking Beans about Jack and the Beanstalk A wonderful retelling of Puss in Boots, that harkens back to the older story that few people know.

  24. This is a fine collection of dark adult fairy tale re tellings I love fairy tales and believe they resonant with the deepest and sometimes darkest aspects of our collective human culture and nature.

  25. This book is not quite what I thought it would be It s very edgy and intense,not the fairy tales of my youth That being said,I liked this book just for it s interpretations of the classic fairy tales that i grew up with This book takes the tales to a whole new level I give it 4 stars.

  26. I was a bit disappointed with some of my old favorite authors offerings, but you know how it goes with anthologies They have their ups and their downs.

  27. More adult versions of famous fairy tales Lots and lots of weird sex stuff, most of which, wasn t necessarily very good.

  28. This is obviously a collection of adult fairy tale retellings To be honest, I would definitely not recommend this for young readers or the young at heart.Overall, I wasn t fond of how much sex needed to be included my God, that was a lot of sex but then again, I read mostly YA Fiction which, even if it includes sex, it s not like adult novels and their obsession with it I also didn t really like that when sex needed to be replaced, then somehow it felt like rape and molestation were the replacem [...]

  29. This was a book I really wanted to like because I love fairy tales and this book came very highly recommended to me.But unfortunately, while there are some real gems and worthwhile stories in here there are also a lot of only okay pieces and some I plainly disliked Either way it scored an overall solid 3 5 and the I would recommend you read this book based only on the real standouts, which shouldn t be missed.Like A Red, Red Rose by Susan Wade.Unique new fairy tale about a witch s daughter Blanc [...]

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