Snow White, Blood Red (The Snow White, Blood Red Anthology Series #1)
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...more
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...more
There are several books in this collection, this one being the first. Fairy tale fans should enjoy this collection...more
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 disc...more
"Troll Bridge" has a boy who promises his life...more
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 intendin...more
Collections of short stories are sometimes difficult to rate, particularly with different authors. This is one of those difficult collections; I am, in general, a fan of the retold and respun story. But it was made very clear from the beginning that these were fairy stories "for adults"- and it felt like a few of these were oversexed for the sake of appearing more legitimately "adult."
The darkness, and of...more
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 again...Three Billy Goats Gruff
A Sound Like Angels Singing -- I won't ruin it, but a beautiful tale, from a different perspective
Knives -- a poem, a fairy tale, beau...more
I did like the fairy tale elements, en...more
Most of the stories in this collection felt just the right "length" to give fairy tales a deeper exploration without dragging them out more than necessary. As I work on my own fairy tale...more
I originally sought out in order to read Tanith Lee, who rights some of the best fairy tale and horror inspired short stories I have read. But enjoyed many of the gems in this book. I like the concept of taking a tale or legend that we know well, and doing something unexpected with it. I like the twists to the old cli...more
I liked the way that a number of stories were told twice, by different authors and placed next to each other in the book - I was particularly taken with the Rapunzel tales - both completely different, but both rea...more
If you are a fan of Fairy Tales for grown-ups, this is a must read.
There's a Neil Gaiman story in here, and yeah, it's good, as is everything he writes...but Koja's story is the star. So excellent, in fact, that I'm now going to go o...more
Jack Dann, “The Glass Casket”
Charles deLint, “The Moon Is Dreaming While I Sleep”
Esther M. Friesner, “Puss”
Gregory Frost, “Root of the Matter”
Neil Gaiman, “Troll Bridge”
Lisa Goldstein, “Breadcrumbs and Stones”
Harvey Jacobs, “Persimmon”
Kathe Koja, “I Shall Do Thee Mischief in the Wood”
Nancy Kress, “Stalking Beans”
A couple of the stories come from little known stories, or are of the authors own invention. A...more
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 imagi...more
I'm a huge lover or fairy tales and fairy tales reinvented, but this was neither interesting nor scary. Just bizarre, and not in a good way. I'm a firm believer that short stories generally suck, and this was absolutely true here. It took forever to read, wasn't good in the least, and was remarkably close to a one star book. Gross.
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 Ter...more