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Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  435 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Two hundred years ago two brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm, collected together a large selection of folk and fairy tales and published them as Kinder- und Hausmarchen (Children's and Household Tales). So successful was the first collection of 88 stories that they kept adding more to subsequent editions. Since then, the tales of the Brothers Grimm have been translated into upwar ...more
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published October 24th 2013 by Jo Fletcher Books (first published September 26th 2013)
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Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I was younger and more patient, I'd read every story in an anthology. Now, as a grumpy old woman, I only read the stories by authors whose work I've enjoyed previously, or is on my wishlist. Such is the case with Fearie Tales...

In Come Unto Me, John Ajvide Lindqvist has created a wonderfully Gothic, scary read, featuring a type of fairytale character I've never before encountered. There's some freaky shiz going on here, and it's fascinating stuff. Best of all, it tides us over until the aut
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dark Fantasy short story anthology based on the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. Although there were a few stories I thought were just OK, most of the stories get a 3 or 4 star rating. Lots of unique, creepy stories that are definitely not for children. Recommended.
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not just for horror fans…

Stephen Jones is a multi-award-winning writer and editor of horror stories and anthologies. For this one, he has asked some of the best of today’s horror writers to come up with a modern spin on some old folk and fairy tales – most but not all are taken from the Grimms’ collections. These are not in the main re-writings of the old stories but instead are imaginatively inspired by some aspect of them. Some are in traditional fairy tale settings and some in the modern day.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Fearie Tales returns fairy tales to their roots, reminding us that these stories were originally not intended for children - unless you want to scare the crap out of them and make sure they don't do as their told lest the monster in the closet eat their toes. Like the Brother Grimm, this anthology collects fairy tales, specifically focusing on the darker aspects. The original stories are juxtaposed with variations by some of favourite authors including Garth Nix, Neil Gaiman, Michael Marshal Smi ...more
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
3,5 stars.

Fearie Tales is an anthology of short stories written by various authors, mostly inspired by the Brother Grimm’s fairy tales. I have to say that I do like the set-up of this book. The edited Brother Grimm fairy tales interspersed in this book set the dark tone. I do also like the addition of a bit of information on the authors after each short story. It is just nice to be able to read a bit on who these stories are coming from if you want to decide if you want to read more from them.
What a lovely wonderful book filled with TERROR.
I just ate this book up. Most I had heard of or read before, but there were a few shiny new pennies in the mix. Worth the read if you love short scary storied right before bed. :)
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
The concept behind this anthology is so obvious, it seems impossibly unlikely it hasn't been done before (perhaps even by this editor): get a handful of proven writers of fantasy fiction and task them to write their own versions of classic fairy tales, or fairy tales of their own. When I saw this book had both Neil Gaiman (a favourite of both my wife and mine) and John Ajvide Lindqvist (a favourite of my wife), it seemed a natural for me to check it out.
Most of the other writers herein are unfam
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
,Well that was not as good as i had hoped, nor was it all that scary. The Ilistrations on the other hand, were absolutely fantastic, they made the book much more pleasant and spooky. kudos Alan Lee for a job well done!!

otherwise there were a few good stories, that i rather enjoyed but the rest left something to be desired.

The Stories i thought deserved a 3.5+ rating:
Peckish by Robert Shearman
Inspired by Hansel and Gretel.
Fraulein Fearnot by Markus Heitz
Inspired by The Story of The Youth Who We
This collection places each Grimm tale before the contribution by a prominent writer, which re-imagines the story. The fifteen authors invited to contribute include Neil Gaiman, Joanne Harris, Tanith Lee, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Fowler, Brian Lumley, Garth Nix, and John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Stephen Jones' Introduction sets the scene giving some background on the Grimm tales and how the anthology was conceived. He also noted the recent interest in the darker side of the Grimm tales as expressed
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some stories were better than others of course, but what I especially loved was the way this collection was put together. First reading the original Grimm's tales, and then following them up with at least one modern take on the tale gave reading this book a nice balance and rhythm. I also liked that the modern fairy tales were not just modern retellings, but all new tales *inspired* by the classic tales ...more
Katie Lawrence
This was way too creepy for me. I never would have picked it up if I hadn't been assigned to review it for the Library Journal. With that said, some of the stories were disturbingly fascinating and I enjoyed the format with each story preceded by a fairy tale that inspired it. I did not read this book at night because it was too scary haha. Horror fans would enjoy this I think. ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Find My Name by Ramsey Campbell (3.5/5)
A nice story to open up the anthology, not too scary, modern. It is not extreme it it's horror elements and yet gives you a pleasant shiver/ It doesn't really deviate much from the original fairy tale. I am not sure why it was paired up with Grimm's The Willful Child, since it is obviously a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.

Down to a Sunless Sea by Neil Gaiman (4.5/5)
I had previously read this story in Neil's short story collection Trigger Warnings. It was nic
Briana Courtney
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
It was a decent book but it had its ups and downs. I couldn't tell which story was a retelling or which wasn't and some of the tales were boring and drawn out. However, a few tales like the Silken People and Fäulein fearnot were very good and entertaining. So if you skip over a couple stories it's a good read. ...more
Ruth E.
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a pretty good book. Some of the stories I really liked; others not so much. I liked all the older fairy tales and some of the newer ones like the stories by Joanne Harris, Angela Slatter, and John Ajvide Lindqvist. I usually don't read short stories, but this collection, although a little grim, wasn't gory or anything like that. ...more
Most of the stories in here is really good, both written technical and creepy. Creepy faries, tomtes and other creatures. John ajvide Lindkvist have a uncanny ability to write about something normal and throw in horror, likewise Tanith Lee and some of the other authors. Beautiful illustrerad by Allan Lee
Susan Katz
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales, fantasy
Some good, some not so great. Spent many months reading it, so I really don't remember. I typically have a book of short stories going so that I have something to read in between books. . .like when I'm about to go on a trip, so I don't want to start a new book that I won't be able to finish before leaving. ...more
Sana Burton
Kind of a mixed bag, some of the stories were good (favorites: "Peckish", "Fraulein Fearnot", "By The Weeping Gate", "Anything To Me Is Sweeter") but a lot were weirdly hard to get into. Also I'm not sure why this book was printed in such tiny text but thanks for the eye strain, guys. ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love the illustrations by the talented Alan Lee, who did some of the concept art for Lotr. As for the tales they weren’t as scary as I had hoped, although the book clearly states that this is not a children’s book. The stories are definitely original, intriguing and worth reading.
Amani Haak
Some good, some bad... nothing else to add.
Shellina Nefelibata
While a few stories were very good, most of them should have just been called 'We change one little thing about a well known fairy tale to make it spooky!'
Rumpelstiltskin? He's a demon now! Boo!
Tangeree Gillette
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
So anthology’s are hard as some stories are great and others aren’t.

The 2nd to last story was my favorite
Bill Young
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful concept
First the semi original fairy tale
Then a short story inspired by it
Would like to see more such as Aesop’s and others
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every tale, a gruesome, tasty morsel
What can I say beyond this is an great anthologie? Well, I can say there's at least 3 weak ones, which is not to denigrate the writers, but more those stories in comparison to the others, do not pace nor enthrall well. Hint: You may like Lovecraftian themes, but reading Lovecraftian prose could drive one to an apocalyptic cult. That's a very minor quibble. The rest are top notch retellings, reimaginings of the very curious collections of tales by the Brother's
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
With some fantastic illustrations in between, Fearie Tales is composed by a collection of short stories that can be quite simply defined as haunting. The original Grimm fairy tales were not exactly the happy ending retellings Disney has got us used to, and this collection serves as a very solid reminder of that.

Stephen Jones asked some of today’s best horror authors to write a short story based on one of the Grimm tales, and most of them delivered splendidly. There are stories of only a handful
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was EXCELLENT. Seriously, with short story collections, it's often hit or miss. There was not one lemon in the bunch here. (I do have a least favorite - guessed the ending immediately, but still well written.)

I'm always impressed with well-written short stories. To get an entire story into such a small space. Beyond beginning, middle, and end - to get backstory, character development, hinting at future happenings. It amazes me!

My one peeve with this book is the placement of one picture.
So t
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
The stories are organized such that the original fairy tale precedes the short story based on it. This made it easier to see connections and common themes between the two, which might be nice for people unfamiliar with fairy tales. However, this meant that some of the short stories were too predictable.

Out of the fifteen short stories in this collection, here are the ones that I either enjoyed or felt left an impression. In order of appearance:

Crossing the Line by Garth Nix
I really like the worl
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Full review (mini reviews of each tale!) available at:

Fearie Tales is an anthology of short horror stories inspired by some of the Brothers Grimm tales, presented alongside the tales that inspired or influenced them. Given that this is my first time reviewing an anthology, I’m going to give you a quick and spoiler-free (mostly) summary of each tale and then add my thoughts on it underneath to try and put into words my feelings on this confusing book. I wa
I was about to give this 4 stars, but the three longest stories made me change my mind as they were, in my opinion, the weakest stories in the book. My favorite ones were: Find My Name, Peckish, Anything to Me is Sweeter, Than to Cross Shock-Headed Peter and The Silken People, and I found The Artemis Line to be the worst (sounded like something I would have enjoyed reading back when I was nine and it bears too many similarities to The Spiderwick Chronicles).

As a whole, the book was entertaining
Ade Couper
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Right, let's talk about fairy tales.....

If you only know your fairy stories from Disney's sanitised versions, you are in for a shock if you ever read the originals, as they are spectacularly gruesome.... Which is what we have here. Stephen Jones has paired some of the original tales with modern takes on them by some well-known writers- & the result is a truly dark & gruesome collection.

If I were to critique every tale we would be here for ages: suffice it to say that there is not a duff tale in
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic collection of stories which completely blow the Disney-fied versions of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales out of the water. The collection includes original Grimm tales followed by modern authors' takes on them. My favourites were:

'The Ash Boy' - a particularly violent take on 'Cinderella'
'The Silken Drum' - a very creepy update of 'The Nixie of the Mill Pond'
'The Artemis Line' - scary version of 'The Elves', only with trolls!
'Come Unto Me' - chilling story set in Sweden based on 'Rumpel
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