Even Grimmer Tales: Not for the Faint-Hearted


Adult fairy tales - not for the faint-hearted, indeed!

Valerie Volk has transported and adapted many of the classic Brothers Grimm tales into a modern context, demonstrating that the "real" can sometimes be more bizarre and horrific than the imaginary.

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Adult fairy tales - not for the faint-hearted, indeed!

Valerie Volk has transported and adapted many of the classic Brothers Grimm tales into a modern context, demonstrating that the "real" can sometimes be more bizarre and horrific than the imaginary.

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Editorial Reviews

IP site - Peter Goldsworthy
A sequence of funny, dark and sly monologues, each of which offers
a highly entertaining modern take on a traditional fairy story.
Mother Goose cooked and stuffed with plenty of spice.
IP site - Bruce Dawe
These are very much modern tales, where retribution is, from the start, a two-way process to which many readers will instantly respond. The red-hot shoes are cobbled in contemporary terms. The ferocious deaths are gone, but the ironies of living are correspondingly enhanced in Volk's innovative telling of the tales.
IP site - Jenny Gribble
All this is accomplished in a deft versification that responds to the rhythms and idioms of contemporary colloquial speech, falling for emphasis into rhyme or half-rhyme, building the rhetorics of self-defence and involuntary self-revelation. Knowingly exploiting the dramatic monologue form, Volk up-dates and refreshes it. This poet goes from strength to strength, delighting readers with her inventiveness and her wise, shrewd observation of the human condition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921869990
  • Publisher: IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd)
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 98
  • Sales rank: 971,709
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Volk has always been a closet writer, starting as a seven year old with a collection of embarrassingly bad fairy stories. In the intervening decades as a student, teacher, lecturer, examiner, researcher, education program director, wife, mother of four, and grandmother of six, writing has been a secret indulgence.

Now, in this new life as an author, she has published many poems, short stories, and two books: In Due Season, a collection of poems that won the national Omega Writers’ CALEB Poetry award in 2010, and A Promise of Peaches, a verse novel, in 2011. Her third book, Even Grimmer Tales, is a collection of twisted adaptations of the already dark tales of the Brothers Grimm, and her fourth book is nearing completion.

In her lighter moments, she loves reading, film, theatre, travel, classical music, especially opera, jazz and people watching – a never-ending source of interest.
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