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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.

In the Belly of the Wolf by Amanda Carman
Don't talk to strangers. Don't stray from the path. If you do, the wolf will eat you. Once swallowed, you will be trapped forever in the dark and musty limbo of the belly of the wolf, a larger and more crowded world than you ever suspected. You can't blame him, though. After all, wolves will be wolves.

The Glass Coffin by Emmalyn Greyson
When Marianna's stepmother betrays her by having her turned into a vampire, she must flee home and the love of her life. Darren, her werewolf lover, believes he's found a cure. Will it lead to heartache or happily ever after?

Hans and the Best Day Ever by G.L. Jackson
After a seven-year apprenticeship with the Boss Lady, Hans decides it’s time to go home. Accompanied by Gabe, the two boys make their way back to the house in the woods where they hope to find Hans’ mother. Gabe is never at a loss for words but Hans is always quick to act on what might either be a fantastic idea…or the worst idea ever.

The Baron and the Firebird by J.A. Campbell
In the depths of the Russian wilderness, Baron Pyotr Vasilyev does his best to care for his people but his long years weigh heavily and he’s beginning to lose his taste for life. The only things that keep him going are his devotion to duty and his magical cherries. When his cherries go missing the thief turns out to be the Firebird. The desire to hear her sing one last time drives him through the centuries.

Clara and the Coon by M.K. Boise
Clara is born the height of a quarter–an abomination to the village of Fankfret. Left to die in a teapot on the outskirts of town, she learns that her story is far from over. Getting eaten by a raccoon is just the beginning.

Blood Borne Pathogen by Shoshanah Holl
Javier is too young to be waiting for death, but in the hospital battling late-stage AIDs there isn't room for much else in his mind. A mysterious woman begins visiting him and they form a strange friendship. Aurora only comes to visit after the sun goes down, leaving long before dawn. On the Day of the Dead, they both face the choice between life, death...and what comes after.

In Spite of Fire by Tilly Boscott
Alice's husband, Henry, died, leaving her to wander the world alone, searching for a way to bring him back. When she stumbles upon village gossip describing a place where ghosts dwell, she sets off to find her lost love. Instead of her husband, she discovers a ghost with eyes of fire, keen on the contents of a ragged tree. Alice clambers into an adventure of fear, darkness and true love.

The Angel by Troy Lambert
Abel is a poor urchin, trying to survive on the streets with only his wits to protect him and a tiny garden of struggling flowers to bring him pleasure. Zach is a young boy struggling in the fight of his life against the blight of cancer who wants to see the flowers of spring one last time. It seems inevitable that these young souls will soon leave the earth. But what awaits them in the beyond?

223 pages, ebook

First published October 1, 2013

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J.A. Campbell

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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 Association and the Dog Writers of America Association and the editor for Story Emporium fiction magazine.

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136 reviews8 followers
October 21, 2013
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 stories that I definitely will remember for a long time. Other favorites of mine are In the Belly of the Wolf by Amanda Carman, The Glass Coffin by Emmalyn Greyson, and Hans and the Best Day Ever by G.L. Jackson. Carman's story is an intelligently set up psychological version of the Little Red Riding Hood, and had a brilliant ending. Greyson's Glass Coffin (Snow White retold) is both action-packed and has truly living (even if some of them are undead) characters. The setting Greyson created would be well suited for more stories. Jackson's Hans was funny and witty, and I liked the report form.

I would definitely recommend reading this whole anthology.
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732 reviews16 followers
October 7, 2013
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 actually a vampire, but that's not a critical part of the story. Instead this was a tale about how sometimes the right person can help you discover more of what you can do.

In the Belly of the Wolf is a haunting look at what happened to Red Riding Hood within the wolf's belly. I found this story strange and its not easy to describe the plot as its about self discovery and understanding.

Blood Borne Pathogen was a story that stayed with me due to how it looked at death through the eyes of a vampire and a man dying of AIDs who meet in a hospital room. It had a darkness to it and I liked how the two characters' voices were clear and found ways to understand each other in their different sorts of pain.

The Glass Coffin like The Baron and the Firebird reads like a more classic fairy tale, this time a retelling of Snow White in a world with werewolves, witches and vampires. I found this tale rather sweet and surprising as the author was able to make it all charming along with acknowledging the horror of the original tale. They also created a beautifully realized world of the supernatural living together and I would love to read more set in that world.

In Spite of Fire was a retelling of the story of the magic tinderbox and one that I had mixed feelings about. The writing was wonderful as the main character Alice passed through her own darkness and into stranger places, but all of the aspects of Hell were disconcerting to me. An interesting read but a different sort of darkness than I prefer in my fairy tales.

Clara and the Coon on the other hand worked better for me as it read like something that Mark Twain might have written or Charles de Lint. Clara's story of life as a small person trying to find where she fits and learning about love and responsibility touched me, because it created people that I could have known. Yes Clara is tiny and the Coon is dead through most of it, but their relationship makes sense and they help each other grow. This one felt like it was one story of a greater world.

Hans and the Best Day Ever had me laughing aloud and is the one alongside The Glass Coffin that I've mentioned the most from this anthology to other people. Hans is being escorted by the angel Gabriel back to his mother and Gabriel or Gabe as he calls himself is given orders not to interfere. So he doesn't as Hans trades and tries on different sorts of death to find the one that fits him. I loved the set up of the story being Gabriel's report to the head angel and the irreverence and humor in this story.

The Angel was a stark and heartbreaking story that feels like something that Hans Christian Andersen would recognize as inspired by his works. The two main voices are two boys, Abel, a beggar sometime in the 19th century and Zach, a modern boy with terminal cancer. Through their love of flowers and their deaths they reconnect, the plot of this is tricky and not. Its about death, acceptance and what truly angels are. I found the imagery in it striking and it pulled me deep into the story.

I would recommend this anthology to anyone who enjoys Charles de Lint, Cat Valente and other authors who experiment with fairy tales and the supernatural. Some of the stories are more gruesome than others but as a person who doesn't go out of my way to read horror, none of them bothered me too much. I received an e-ARC from the publishers.
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Author 8 books363 followers
November 7, 2015

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 shifts into a beautiful woman. What more could you ask for, right? Only the story is just getting started. Love blossoms, but is washed away. Decades of regret and loneliness goes by, until he hears the most beautiful song….one not heard in such a long time. The Firebird has been found, but has she forgotten? Man, I loved this story and I really hate dancing around what happened, but if I say anything more I’ll give it all away. ~5 Alien Stars

In the Belly of the Wolf


Amanda Carman

Little Red Ridding Hood is one of my favorite fairytales. So, needless to say, I couldn’t wait to read this retelling. Amanda has taken this story to an entirely new level. Dark, dank and dreadful is the world she’s created. The wolf has eaten girls and their ghosts remain in the belly, wandering for eternity. The wolf’s latest victim wanders along its stomach, though desperate to escape. Nightmares haunt her and when she wakes, her grandmothers home is in the distance. As you read, your heart races from the visual scenes created by the author. One jolt of excitement to another and then the story is over. *problem with short stories….they’re too short* ~4.5 Alien Stars

Blood Borne Pathogen


Shoshanah Holl

I’d never heard of this story, but I loved reading about it. The Angel of Death, a young man dying from the effects of having AIDS, a beautiful woman desperate for redemption….did I say I loved this story? Okay, I was hooked from the start. There is a guy, dying alone in the hospital. A beautiful girl visiting her relative stumbles upon his room and quickly the two grow close. I had a feeling about the girl, but was too sure. As I continued to read, it became clear my hunch was right. As you read, you wonder if she should help the guy? He’s dying, so why not? Right? However, the question of his damnation for her ‘helping’ him worries her. Does she help save the only person who has treated kindly, or does she allow him to die? ~Huge 5 Alien Stars

The Glass Coffin


Emmalyn Greyson

Snow White with a twist? Another favorite childhood tale, but I loved this one more. YES! Loved. This. Story. More. Vampires, witches, werewolves, oh my! A young, beautiful girl and a handsome young werewolf find themselves on separate sides of a war. Beloved stepmother turned wicked witch destroys the two lovebirds happiness….forever? I loved the twists and turns and even the devastating journey as one moves on and finds love in another. OMG! However, another twist in the story leaves you jumping for joy! ~Hell Yeah—5 Alien Stars

In Spite of Fire


Tilly Boscott

I’ve not read or heard of The Magic Tinderbox and found this a bit darker than I’m used to reading. Still, the writing was top notch and its story intriguing. I’d recommend this to those who like their stage…gloomy? ~ 4.5 Alien Stars

Clara and the Coon


M.K. Boise

Clara and the Coon made me super sad….but in a good way? I can’t explain myself, but I found the story engaging yet disturbing at the same time. Boise’s writing ability is solid. I could really ‘see’ everything on the page as I read, but at times I didn’t want to ‘see’ it. LOL. Clara is a tiny thing and her struggles in a town full of giant jerks, made her friendship with the raccoon understandable…to a point. Great job, Boise. ~4.5 Alien Stars

Hans and the Best Day Ever


G.L. Jackson

Hans and the Best Day Ever cracked me up. I laughed the entire time and found myself rereading lines. The only regret is rushing to read through it and then it was over. :( Great story! ~5 Alien Stars

The Angel


Troy Lambert

The Angel completely blew me away. I read this story out loud to my daughter, but often times had to stop due to crying. The tears came early in the story. Cancer. Death. Angels. Heaven and flowers. The Angel is hands down my favorite story, and I hate making such a bold statement considering all the amazing authors who’ve written along side Troy. I’m not sure if I can explain the reasons I liked this story best. If you think about it, it kind of is weird, or disturbing. But the emotions he was able to manifest from me pushed him to the top. I love romance, but I think mostly because the roller coaster they take you on while reading them, Troy did this and then some. My eyes are still red and thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. If nothing else, donate to the Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Cooks Children’s, Dallas Children’s, John Hopkins, or any other hospital whose staff dedicates their lives to helping children and families through the most devastating time in their lives. ~10 Alien Stars

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1,666 reviews57 followers
January 16, 2019
Satisfying reads

This book is a series of short fairytale retelling, and I quite enjoyed it to be honest, especially In The Belly of the Wolf. That one I won't forget
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417 reviews13 followers
October 13, 2013
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 stories knew exactly what they were doing – after reading “The Angel” I’m never going to forget this anthology. It was such an emotional story and did more than just pull at the heart strings, though that may have more to do with the fact that my son is the same age as one of the characters. I could list the other stories that I loved, but that would be pretty much all of them!

I received an e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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71 reviews
October 17, 2013

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 made me laugh, cry and fall in love all over again.

Would totally recommend.
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179 reviews2 followers
October 25, 2013
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.
well done and very worth the money!
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Author 25 books125 followers
October 13, 2013
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!
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1,973 reviews138 followers
August 24, 2014
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 material and now I need to go back and re-read the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. At the end of each story the author talks about the fairy tale they used and the choices they made while writing their story so if you don't recognize the story, don't worry, info is coming.

My favorite stories were "The Baron and The Firebird" by J.A. Campbell, "Blood Borne Pathogen" by Shoshanah Holl, and "The Glass Coffin" by Emmalyn Greyson. "The Baron and The Firebird" was possibly the lightest and sweetest of the stories and firebirds are one of my favorite mythical beings. At the end of the story I was still confused as to how Zach knew Peter's secret but the story worked and was a sweet love story. "Blood Borne Pathogen" was also sweet and like Campbell's story, the vampires were bored and full of ennui; immortality has its drawbacks. BBP was a nice update on the Sleeping Beauty story and made good use of AIDS. "The Glass Coffin" had some twists and turns, and was emotional but not sappy.

"In the Belly of the Wolf" and "Clara and the Coon" were also good but very dark. "Clara and the Coon was a little dry, and dragged a bit, it was too long, but it had lots of twists and turns and kept me guessing. "In the Belly of the Wolf" has introspection and more depth than I expected:

...it was my fault. It was because I didn't listen to my mother, because I talked to a stranger. It was because I strayed from the path. A wolf is a wolf, they say. It's not his fault. You should have been more careful.

It's much easier to believe that you deserve a terrible fate than to know that, somewhere, awful things happen and there is no reason for them.

Sometimes it just feels good to hate someone else, as respite from your own self-loathing.

"The Angel" by Troy Lambert, gah. Dying children and cancer, two topics I try to avoid normally. I only read it in order to read the whole anthology. It wasn't a bad story but it pushed way too many buttons for me. I won't be re-reading it.

"In Spite of Fire" Tilly Boscott was based on a story that I haven't read in decades so I can't say how it was changed but it evokes the power of love quite well, if a bit drily. I didn't really feel Alice's grief or love.

"Hans and the Best Day Ever" by G.L. Jackson was based on a story that I don't think I ever read but it was cute and was a nice twist on Christian mythology.

Overall, this was a good anthology, with some strong stories and creative story telling.
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432 reviews34 followers
February 14, 2014
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:
I liked this one! The flashback was done really well, allowing the story to cover a large span of time without feeling horribly zoomed out, and the story was clever and very sweet.

In the Belly of the Wolf by Amanda Carman:
This was weird and a bit gruesome. I didn't particularly like it.

Blood Borne Pathogen by Shoshonah Holl:
The vibrancy of the characters was what made this story great for me.

The Glass Coffin by Emmalyn Greyson:
This story definitely felt a bit zoomed out as it covered a longer range of time, something that can frustrate me a little in a short story (seeing as I adore the really long, detailed books like the thousand-page The Way of Kings). Still, the story was definitely a fun paranormal twist on the original fairy tale that inspired it.

In Spite of Fire by Tilly Boscott:
I really disliked the main character Alice, who was overwhelmingly deceitful and self-centered. The theological worldbuilding wasn't believable to me at all either.

Clara and the Coon by M. K. Boise:
I enjoyed the prose, but the story itself wasn't particularly enjoyable to me. I didn't care for any of the characters, and it was pretty dark.

Hans and the Best Day Ever by G. L. Jackson:
The story itself was pretty fun, but the writing style got rather in the way of my enjoyment; too casual and vulgar.

The Angel by Troy Lambert:
Am I the only one who didn't need a tissue for this story? It was beautiful and touching, but nope, I didn't cry...

All in all, if you enjoy the paranormal genre and stories inspired by classic fairy tales, why not give this anthology a try?
18 reviews1 follower
November 4, 2013
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 you will lose track of which way is up or down.

Blood Borne Pathogen: I think this is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It is an awesome story. The world Shoshanah Holl created is very believable. I love how she included the Day of the Dead celebration and how even the “damned” have a saint to turn to.

The Glass Coffin: This is a retelling of Snow White. I liked how it wasn’t the same old princess, prince and wicked Queen. Emmalyn Greyson took this story and made it her own. It has everything you could want in a story Vampires, Ghost, Werewolf, and Witches.

In Spite of Fire: This is a retelling of The Tinderbox. This story is a sad one to start with. I think one thing it shows is even if you have money it can never replace love in your life. I can’t say how it compares to the original because I have never read it, but I like the story Tilly Boscott put in front of me.

Clara and the Coon: This is a story of an unlikely friendship and how one little thing can change the way people see you. It was a very well written story and kept you wondering till the very end.

Hans and the Best Day Ever: This was again another very unique story. It is about Hans who goes through several unique transformations. I have yet to read any story like it.

The Angel: This was a very heart wrenching story. I loved it from the start to the very last word, but take my advice have some tissues handy. I am not a crier but I cried from the start to the ending. Truthfully there are no words that can do this story justice and no way to tell you all the emotions it will make you feel. But this story is a must read!
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367 reviews
November 4, 2013
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 and I must say it was rather intriguing to me, I must learn more of these Firebirds. The other story that I absolutely LOVED was The Glass Coffin by Emmalyn Greyson this one was a take on Snow White and the seven dwarfs and it was reimagined into a world filled with witches, wolves and vampires and the witches and wolves are at war with the vampires. I don't want to give anything away so all I will say is this one had me on the edge of my seat not being able to put it down until I finished to see what would happen. Now there is one story in particular that I did not like at all which was In The Belly Of The Wolf by Amanda German which is the retelling of red Ridding Hood and this one to me was just plain weird, now I know others may end up liking it but for me it was just to weird and after reading that one it was like I had a bad taste in my mouth and had to put the book down and read something else to get it out. I am glad I went back to the book though because the other stories that followed after that one were good there was another two after that I didn't like either but for the most part this was a really good book and some of the fairytales that were being retold I knew while others I am new too but I was able to follow along with some what great pleasure and glad I took the time to read this book. I think this should be a book that everyone at least gives a shot at reading it, it is a rather interesting read for the most part.
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April 15, 2014
The Baron and the Firebird by J.A. Campbell

Somewhat entertaining but I didn't feel connected to any of the characters so I didn't particularly care about their happiness but it was creative and different and I had a good time overall.

In the Belly of the Wolf by Amanda Carman

Well, this one was well written but slightly depressing. Scratch that. Deeply depressing. Not exactly my cup of tea.

Blood Borne Pathogen by Shoshanah Holl

More hopeful and cheerful than the last despite its grim note. Sweet too. Really well done.

The Glass Coffin by Emmalyn Greyson

First thing I noticed were the spelling mistakes. Then I noticed the plot didn't make much sense and then it ended and made even less sense. There's an HEA tho. Another thing I didn't like, the death of some of the brothers. Only characters I liked.

In Spite of Fire by Tilly Boscott

Didn't really understand the story. I wasn't familiar with the tale of the tinderbox before and now..well. Still don't understand much. Either way, the characters weren't very interesting for me and I wouldn't have missed it if I hadn't read it.

Clara and the Coon by M.K. Boise

Quite weird. Can't really say I'm happy with Clara's HEA either. She was pretty bitter regarding her misfortune and tried very hard to made other people bitter like her. Overall while I recognize the point of this story, I don't really like it or any of the characters.

Hans and the Best Day Ever by G.L. Jackson

Okay, I laughed. Probably shoudn't have 'cause I'm pretty sure there's a moral to the story and it was serious but I couldn't help it. It was a completely ridiculous mix of tales.

The Angel by Troy Lambert

Damnit. I cried. Long and hard. Incredibly well written story. Amazing depth. I wasn't previously familiar with it but I liked this rendition a lot.
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Author 2 books53 followers
December 31, 2015
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 Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. The author succeeds in retelling this classic story in a totally unique way, so much so it took me a while to realise what it was actually based on!

The Baron and the Firebird I loved! This is one I hadn't heard of before, but it was told, or retold in this case, beautifully.

And the last of those which struck me is The Angel. This one will remain with me for quite some time, again one I hadn't heard of before. The idea behind the story is one which made my heart ache, yet made me smile at the same time.

The way these authors have taken classic fairy tales and given them a paranormal twist is quite unique. They have each taken something which millions of people have grown up with, adapted it, and produced something which people still recognise and want to read. This in itself is amazing. The stories are all standalone stories, they all have endings with no cliffhangers, and it thoroughly enjoyed reading them all.

Well done to the authors,and also to those who put this anthology together.
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401 reviews22 followers
November 5, 2013
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 of Fire I have always been a fan of the Alice in Wonderland story so this one was my favorite tale. I love the spin that has bee put on this rendition of the classic tale. Alice is on courageous character who will stop at nothing to find Henry even if it means walking the through fire to regain her lost love. All of the stories in the book in my opinion are great and wonderfully written and I am thrilled that I got the chance to read them. Happily Ever Afterlife I have to say may become my favorite fright night story book of the year!
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600 reviews3 followers
November 3, 2013
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 Anthology, I love the fact a portion of the proceeds go to benefit a Children's hospital in need. If I had to choose one story out of her that was my all time fave I think it would be In The Belly of the Wolf, I mean who doesn't love or remember Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, all time face hands down. I highly recommend for everyone to read and buy this book not only for the enjoyment but to help benefit the hospital.
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243 reviews4 followers
November 2, 2013
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 fairy tales it all worked out great. I would recommend this collection of short stories to anyone who like fairy tales with a twist.
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167 reviews7 followers
March 2, 2014
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 good stories within the pages of Happily Ever Afterlife. I haven't read all of them yet, but I'm working on it.
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518 reviews3 followers
September 2, 2014
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 different feeling. The Angel was a bit sad, and The Baron and the Firebird was a happy tale. My thanks to Untold Press for sharing this book with me to read in exchange for an honest review!
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518 reviews3 followers
September 2, 2014
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 different feeling. The Angel was a bit sad, and The Baron and the Firebird was a happy tale. My thanks to Untold Press for sharing this book with me to read in exchange for an honest review!
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1 review2 followers
August 12, 2016
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.
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8,361 reviews11 followers
January 12, 2016
Is a great book to read forever and ever since the heart of a great book to read
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