Cursed: An Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales

Fairy tales take a weird twist in this anthology compiling stories from an all-star cast of fantasy writers, including stories from Neil Gaiman, Charlie Jane Anders and Alison Littlewood.

Here in this book you’ll find unique twists on the fairy tale concept of the curse, from the more traditional to the modern – giving us brand new mythologies as well as new approaches to well-loved fables. Some might shock you, some might make you laugh, but they will all impress you with their originality.

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[The curse crawled silent as a serpent / through the roots of the hedge / wallflowers wilted, though the garden / remained as if painted onto the ground CASTLE CURSED BY JANE YOLEN]

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(@TitanBooks, 3 March 2020, 384 pages, ebook, #ARC from @TitanBooks and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 17 March)

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So I love fairytales, dark fairytales, fairytale, retellings and short stories. So my enjoyment of this collection was a given. I wouldn’t expect anything less. Some of my favourite writers have stories in Cursed including Paul Kane, Neil Gaiman, James Brogden and Tim Lebbon. You know what to expect with such high calibre writers, dark delights. I also enjoy the work of Jane Yolen, . What impressed me was the depth and range of stories. They were all very different even though they shared similar tropes and themes. Some of the stories are retellings and some are original. The best stories were Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman, At That Age by Catriona Ward, Henry and the Snakewood Box by M.R Carey and Skin by James Brogden. There’s something to delight every fantasy / fairytale / horror fan.

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