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A retelling of the Snow White fairy tale from the point of view of the "wicked stepmother." This version was a chapbook compiled by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and sold at Comic Con 2008 and on the BPAL website with all proceeds going to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Chapbook, 25 pages
Published 2008 by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (first published March 1995)
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Shandra
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You think you know Snow White? Think again. She's evil...pure evil!!! Her prince is equally as evil as she is. Neil Gaiman has taken the lovely fairy tale I grew up knowing, and has changed it into a disturbing story. I'm sick and twisted, so I thoroughly enjoyed this one!!
Monique
If I hadn't declared enough that I love Neil Gaiman, then I will reiterate: I love Neil Gaiman. He rocks my world.

The short story Snow, Glass, Apples is a retelling of the beloved children's tale, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, from the point of view of Snow White's wicked stepmother-queen. The narrative is a flashback, commencing from the story of how the Wicked Stepmother-Queen met Snow White's father, the King, telling how their courtship progressed and how everything culminated to their...more
Trevar
Jan 15, 2013 Trevar rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: *Adult* Fantasy Lovers
Before you read on, understand that I am not against Neil Gaiman's work; he has written some exceptional tales. Nor am I necessarily against updating fairy tales; if done well, I would say the idea is sound. However, the essence of the original must remain, and... well, see for yourself. Mixed with the wise words of Dickens, this is my review of Neil Gaiman's "Snow, Glass, Apples".


Thomas Carlyle once wrote that, “The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity” (Bolander 66). Whether...more
Ell (Egregore)
Twisted is an understatement. For Snow, Glass, Apples by the renowned author Neil Gaiman has taken the most beloved and well-known Fairytale classic to a whole new level, and for that its a definite 5 star for me! ^__^

The short story focuses on the Wicked stepmother's perspective in regards to Snow White. Afar from the original version, snow white is but a lovely maiden all fair and too innocent, but with Gaiman's creative imagination, the story has took form into something more. deeper and dark...more
Tania
Oct 24, 2013 Tania rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tania by: sonja
2.5 stars. It was well written, and I enjoyed the different perspective on the Snow White tale. I may have been stuck in mommy mode when reading this, as it felt that there was too much sex just for the sake of sex for this short story.
H
When I started listening to this radio play I was afraid this would be an eye-rolling romance, but it quickly picked up a thread of dark mystery. I picked up early on that this would be a retelling of the Snow White story, but Gaiman really surprised me with his take on it. For example, I would have never thought to draw the Prince the way he did. The images are great, the story is disturbing but captivating, and the ending is well-done.
Kedar
I like it when fairy tales are modified and adapted to make them scary, gory, and chilling. And I love what Gaiman did with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Just that the ending was a bit sober, yeah?
Chelsea
“Snow, Glass, Apples” is Gaiman’s retelling of the Snow White story, told from the step-mother’s perspective. For Gaiman, the stepmother is a sympathetic character, subject to the terrors of a young princess who feeds on human blood, engages in dirty and forest-based prostitution, and who is hauntingly magical (here I’m talking about the princesses ability to live after her heart is cut out).

This princess bites and drains the blood of all those she encounters, and by doing so, is able to kill he...more
Hilda
A very creepy version of Snow White. Telling the story from stepmother’s point of view, this short story succesfully give me disgusted feeling. Definitely not recommended for nice kids.

And I was foolish, and young — eighteen summers had come and gone since first I saw daylight — and I did not do what I would do, now.

If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch, in the tow
...more
Indah Threez Lestari
174 - 2014

Cerita Snow White dari POV sang ibu tiri. Beware... cerita 5000 kata ini mengungkapkan hal yang sangat berbeda dan mengerikan tentang Snow White... Dan memberikan penjelasan yang masuk akal kenapa jantung Snow White harus dicerabut. Lalu seharusnya juga anggota badan Snow White dipotong-potong. Atau sekalian dibakar saja utuh-utuh.

Jadi turut menyesali kenapa si ibu tiri tidak melakukan semua itu. Suatu kesalahan yang memang harus dibayarnya...

PS. Dongeng yang ini bukan untuk anak-anak...more
Maru
Lo único que se dice sobre este cuento antes de empezar a leer es que es una reinvención del clásico de Blancanieves, pero contado desde la perspectiva de la madrastra. Nada más.

Un cuento de hadas, Neil Gaiman, madrastras y los colores blanco y rojo. Me pareció que era suficiente y que lo que iba a leer sin duda iba a ser bueno. Terminé el cuento completamente perturbada.

"Snow, Glass Apples" es terrorífico. Gaiman retuerce la historia de Blancanieves a tal punto que más de una vez me pregunté si...more
Sonja Arlow
What a deliciously wicked (and slightly disturbing ) short story this was. I really loved how Gaiman took the fairytale of Snow White and turned it upside down and inside out. My only complaint is that it was over too soon.

Oh and a word of warning, there are some sexually explicit undertones in this book so please don’t read this to kids ☺
Chika
This is a gem! Not only for the way it is written (i am biased to think Neil Gaiman is a god), but also because I love when familiar stories get tipped on their side. Gaiman is wonderful at putting his stories on the "other person's shoes", of looking at things from a different angle. By doing so, he creates magic. Read it!
Arra Abella
Feb 14, 2013 Arra Abella rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fairy tale enthusiasts; Everyone
Recommended to Arra by: My Literature professor
Ever fancy a fairy tale?

Well, I do. Ever since a kid, I was a fan of fairy tales. From books, to cartoons, to movies. Of course my favorite are the Disney versions. I grew up with them. It taught us that there is always a happy ending after every suffering and problems. Everyone wants the princess to end up with their prince and we always want to be in their shoes.

So I was fascinated when I learned that some authors made twisted versions of these stories. I know there is the Grimm brothers but t...more
Justine
I think I have already read this as a part of one of Gaiman's collection of short stories, but I saw it lying around so I picked it up.

Snow, Glass, Apples is Gaiman's retelling of Snow White from the stepmother's point of view and typifies what I like about Gaiman-- his ability to reimagine stories in fresh (and macabre) ways. This is especially exciting for me when it happens to fairy tales because 1) Thumper is one of my least favorite animated characters of all time* and 2) Grimms' original...more
Filipe Lemos
Rewriting History: The ability to take something everyone knows and love, weaving reality into another thing altogether, doing so with complete disregard for the status quo, but conserving the true elements of the story so everybody will still know what you are talking about.

In the wrong hands, this capability has been shown to produce great harm.
In the right literary hands, like Neil Gaiman's, this capability can create dizzying ripples in the time-space continuum, changing forever our thoughts...more
Norm Davis
Jan 25, 2014 Norm Davis rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Nope, nada. Sorry.
Recommended to Norm by: Kristina Davis
Shelves: suspense, adult
Snow, Glass, Apples, Neil Gaiman

I'm a bit at a loss of words. For years I participated in a critique group and often read such stories where I could describe the various aspects of writing, what worked, what did not work, and so forth.

Let's call this Horror pornography. It seemed to be themed after “Snow White” but it is nothing you'd even let the Grimm brothers tell to their children.

Currently I am reading Stardust, another Neil Gaiman story that was additionally made into a movie. You'd thin...more
Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤
Neil Gaiman has taken whatever sweet childhood memory I have about Snow White and destroyed it with a chainsaw. Love it.

Creepiest Snow White ever. Not to mention a pretty sick-in-the-head Prince. I won't even get into that one.
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Michelle
Found this on audio books. It's a retelling of the Snow White story as a horror story. Very short, graphic and fairly scary. I had no idea what it was, just that it was written by Neil Gaiman. It was well written but I'm not big into horror.
Michael
Utterly delicious beyond all measure, this twisted perception upon a classic had me utterly enthralled. Take a few moments out of your day to sit down and read through this, I promise you that you'll not be disappointed!
Tatiana Nekrasova
Просто ПОТРЯСАЮЩЕ жуткая интерпретация "Белоснежки" . Открывая книгу, я ожидала еще одну сладенькую сказочку, а тут БУМ! Настоятельно советую прочесть, книга тоненькая, но очень необычная и интересная.
Sharon
I loved this alternate view of Snow White. What if everything we have been taught to believe was wrong? I have had those thoughts before (usually in church) but never about faerie tales.
Nikki
Starting my new year with a Gaiman short.

Welcome to the dark side of the fairy tales we all loved as a child. Without ever mentioning it in the book, 'Snow, Glass, Apples' is clearly about Snow White told by none other than her supposedly "evil" step mother. In this case, however, she was not the traditional villain as we have known to be. In a true misunderstood-villain fashion, the step-mother tells us how she sealed her fate the moment she set foot in the castle. We were introduce to a young...more
Arturo Javier
Se requiere de una mente muy ingeniosa para convertir el cuento de Blancanieves en una historia tan oscura como ésta. Sólo me gustaría que el cuento fuera un poco más largo.
D
Jan 11, 2010 D rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to D by: John Bladek
Besides STARDUST this is the best Gaiman story I've read. Hopefully, someone in Hollywood has picked up the movie rights for this and is in the process of adapting it.
Corrine
Leave it to Niel to write pretty much the creepiest variation of Cinderella ever. I read this years ago, and it still occasionally pops up in my nightmares.
Nazish
The most terrifyingly astounding graphic fairy tale I've read thus far. And the best of Neil Gaiman too.
Katharine
Oh wow. This is a parody of sorts, based on Snow White. CREEPY but amazingly good.
Aramis
An amazing retelling of the Snow White story from the perspective of the queen. Stunning.
Shambhawi P.
Wonderfully dark. Amazingly written.

Why did I not read this before?
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