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Happily Ever Afterlife

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Revisit your favorite childhood fairy tales…with a paranormal twist. Eight classic stories rewritten by eight talented authors with one common theme, they all feature the undead. From angels to vampires and ghosts to zombies, you'll be sure to fall in love with the classics all over again and quickly learn that even the undead can have a happily ever after.

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ebook, 223 pages
Published October 2013 by Untold Press
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Oct 21, 2013 Hanna rated it really liked it
I really liked this anthology of retold fairytales, even though I'm not that familiar with the paranormal/undead stories. It was a good "first time", and I find the idea (known fairytales with a twist) interesting. All eight stories were well written and unique, and they kept me intrigued from start to finish.

My personal favorite from this anthology was the last one, The Angel, by Troy Lambert. It's a sad, beautiful and thought-provoking story that I'm really glad to have read. One of the stori
Kate  K. F.
Oct 07, 2013 Kate K. F. rated it it was amazing
This anthology was a wonderful surprise for me as the undead aren't always my favorite type of supernatural but I adore retellings of fairy tales. The stories combined fairy tales and the supernatural in surprising ways as did the choices of tales to reinvent.

The first story, The Baron and the Firebird is a beautiful look at the Russian tale of the Firebird which weaves together the Firebird and Peter, the baron who's garden the enchanted cherry tree was in. The twist was that the baron was act
Angela McPherson
Nov 06, 2015 Angela McPherson rated it it was amazing

The Baron and the Firebird


J.A. Campbell

This tale seemed familiar, but could only recall small pieces from the original, not that it mattered. Ms. Campbell captured my attention from the beginning, taking me on a breathless and thrilling ride until the very end. I love vampires, even those who sparkle. *no worries, no sparkling here* Magical cherries filled with the sweetest juices known to man. A bird who when sings, rivals the choir of the angels in heaven….but the unique bird then
Claire Taylor
Oct 13, 2013 Claire Taylor rated it it was amazing
Happily Ever Afterlife

After finishing this anthology, the one thing that stood out was that each story was its own, complete without leading me on to read another book to finish the story – I didn’t feel like it was being used just to introduce the reader to one of their books. I still want to go search out the authors from my favourite stories, but because I enjoyed their writing style and ability to twist the fairy tale into something different.

Whoever organised the order of the st
Eric Krause
Jan 24, 2015 Eric Krause rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and fun collection of fairy tales, retold with different spins. I found a couple I had never heard of, and I enjoyed the retelling even though it was a first look for me. Worth the read if you enjoy dark fantasy and/or fairy tales.
Oct 16, 2013 Jaime rated it really liked it

This is an anthology of fairy tales with a twist.

My favorite story had to be Hans and the Best Day Ever. I love a story with a twist and this one had a very funny, sweet one.

The Angel made me cry, which being in a hospital waiting room was kind of funny.

I also hadn't heard of a few of the Fairy Tales retold here so I learnt something from this book and will be looking into the Fairy tales soon.

All in all a wonderful book that
Oct 25, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
i love traditional fairy tales. i read a LOT of paranormal. this is a fantastically fun mash-up of them both. this anthology was a great light read. i thoroughly enjoyed these short stories. some of them left me wanting more; the short story format limited details and insight that could have easily been given in a longer format. that one downside is not the author's fault. each author did a lovely job. i did enjoy the author notes giving insight into why they chose their story and point of view. ...more
Apr 15, 2014 Ana rated it liked it
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Zara Hoffman
Oct 13, 2013 Zara Hoffman rated it really liked it
I loved this anthology of paranormal retellings of some classic fairytales. As a fan of both fairytale and paranormal genres, I thought this was a great, entertaining read. Definitely recommend for fans of the TV shows Once Upon A Time and Grimm!
Mar 02, 2014 Mardel rated it it was amazing
What a fun concept - just the title alone is enough to make me want to grab this book. If the title wasn't enough, then the story by one of my favorite up and coming writers did the trick.

The Baron and the Firebird by J.A. Campbell pulled me back into the world of fairy tales, only this one has more of a bite, (haha). A Russian Baron - who happens to be a vampire, a mythical tree the bears magical cherries and a Firebird all come together for a sweet fairytale with a twist.

There are many other g
Feb 14, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Short story anthologies are always a bit hit and miss for me; I rarely read them at all unless a favorite author is featured, or a short story that relates to a series I love. I read this one because my best friend, pen name Emmalyn Greyson, is in it. Short stories in general are prone to either feeling like a great prologue or first chapter to a book I want to read, or to feeling too zoomed-out from the story in order to cover a larger span of time.

The Baron and the Firebird by J. A. Campbell:
Nov 04, 2013 Erika rated it really liked it
This book is a collection of 8 short stories that are fairy tales reimagined. This book was very well put together with the stories that were in they seemed to flow good with one another. There were a few that I didn't care for at all but there were a couple like The Baron and The Firebird by J.A. Campbell that was about a firebird and a vampire of all creatures finding love, I personally have never heard the Firebird fairytale or even heard of a Firebird for that matter until I read this story ...more
3.5 stars

Did someone say fairy tales? I do love fairy tales especially when they're updated, add in the undead, and the fact that one of the authors, J.A. Campbell, is a favorite of mine, and I was sold on this anthology as soon as I heard about it. The stories range from almost joyful to dark and a few where I wondered as I read how a happy ending was going to happen. Several of the source fairy tales were new to me or I read once many, many years ago. I liked seeing some new blood for source m
Fiona - Fiona's Book Reviews
This anthology is based around 8 fairy tales, but with a paranormal twist. Some of the fairy tales I know of, but others I didn't.

Reading these short stories I inevitably had my favourites -

In The Belly Of The Wolf is based on Little Red Riding Hood, after the wolf eats Red. It becomes a journey of self discovery, understanding and forgiveness. Or does it? We need to remember that wolves are sneaky, and will do anything to get by, so be prepared or live to regret it.

The Glass Coffin is based on
Tammy Hall
Nov 05, 2013 Tammy Hall rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved, loved the twists that each of these fairy tales added. These are not the fairy tales you grew up hearing about but I bet they become the ones you will be telling for generations to come. Happily Ever Afterlife contains several twisted classic fairy tales that would be the perfect campfire ghost, vampire, werewolf stories to tell. I completely enjoyed each and every one of the stories in the book. If I had to pick one to say it was my favorite I would have to go with In Spite ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Tara rated it really liked it
Happily Ever Afterlife is an Anthology of various fairy tales. Below is my review for each story.

The Baron and the Firebird: I have never heard the original version of this fairy tale. I can say I really enjoyed this version J.A. Campbell told. I loved the whole world this story was set in. I couldn’t find one thing I didn’t enjoy about it.

In the Belly of the Wolf: This is a retelling of Red Riding Hood. I can say it is the most unique retelling I have ever read. It has so many twists and turns
Nov 03, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, review, arc
I will admit this is the first anthology I have read and let me just say Untold Press and the authors from this Anthology have out done themselves. I absolutely fell in love with each story, they were amazing. The twist on each fairy tale we have all come to know and love was phenomenal. The Angel was one I had heard but never read or really knew too much about but I have to say I like Troy's twist on things. However, what really got to me was his reasoning's behind being involved in this Anthol ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Sahar rated it really liked it
Some very wonderful, sweet stories. I like the concept of doing a retake on classic fairytales, and the authors do a good job of keeping the spirit of the stories in tact while putting their own spin on them and making them original.
Sep 02, 2014 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tale
I really enjoyed this anthology. All the tales are based on classic fairy-tales but are told with very interesting twists. All of the authors did a great job writing the versions of the tales they wanted to tell. This is a great book if you don't have a lot of time to read because it is made up of several short stories that only take a short time to read each. If I was to choose a favorite of the tales I would choose Hans and the Best Day Ever because it was rather funny. Each tale has a differe ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tale
I really enjoyed this anthology. All the tales are based on classic fairy-tales but are told with very interesting twists. All of the authors did a great job writing the versions of the tales they wanted to tell. This is a great book if you don't have a lot of time to read because it is made up of several short stories that only take a short time to read each. If I was to choose a favorite of the tales I would choose Hans and the Best Day Ever because it was rather funny. Each tale has a differe ...more
Rebecca Edwards
Nov 02, 2013 Rebecca Edwards rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

This is a collection of eight stories written by different authors. The various authors who contributed to this anthology have taken fairy tales and redid them with a paranormal twist. Some of the stories I recognized and others were completely new to me. Each individual story was well written and grabbed my attention. I enjoyed each of them and as a whole it's a very interesting book. Though they took a different approach when retelling the fa
I enjoyed "The Baron and the Firebird" and "Blood Borne Pathogen." Both were a bit sad and dreamy, the way I like my fairy tales.
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Jan 12, 2016 Victoria Newman rated it it was amazing
Is a great book to read forever and ever since the heart of a great book to read
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When Julie is not writing she's often out riding horses, or working sheep with her dogs. She lives in Colorado with her three cats, Kira and Bran, her border collies, her Traveler-in training, Triska, and her Irish Sailor. She is the author of many Vampire and Ghost-Hunting Dog stories the Tales of the Travelers series, and many other young adult books. She’s a member of the Horror Writers Associa ...more
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