Snow White, Blood Red

Snow White, Blood Red

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by Ellen Datlow

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You hold in your hands a volume of wonders - magical tales of trolls and ogres, of bewitched princesses and kingdoms accursed, penned by some of the most acclaimed fantasists of our day. But these are not bedtime stories designed to usher an innocent child gently into the realm of dreams. These are stories that bite - lush and erotic, often dark and disturbing…  See more details below


You hold in your hands a volume of wonders - magical tales of trolls and ogres, of bewitched princesses and kingdoms accursed, penned by some of the most acclaimed fantasists of our day. But these are not bedtime stories designed to usher an innocent child gently into the realm of dreams. These are stories that bite - lush and erotic, often dark and disturbing mystical journeys through a phantasmagoric landscape of distinctly adult sensibilities. Set in haunted forests, amid the recognizable urban sprawl of contemporary society, or in worlds beyond our imagining, here are the lusts, dreams and nightmares of the human animal - presented in a manner that would make the Grimm brothers proud. From provocative alternate takes on time-honored myths - Tanith Lee's sensuous and unsettling futuristic retelling of Snow White; Gahan Wilson's delightful account of the Frog Prince in therapy - to stunningly original new tales rich in archetypal imagery - Steve Rasnic Tem's deliciously gruesome chronicle of a miniature child abandoned in a city of giants. Each is a compelling grown-up fable relevant to the times in which we live. Through the collective creative genius of such masters as Charles de Lint, Nancy Kress, Jane Yolen and many others, the magical characters we loved in childhood have been reborn. But Jack is older, though no wiser now...and he has climbed the beanstalk one time too many. Rapunzel's sweet innocence has vanished like a song on the wind. And there is no such thing as "happily ever after."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The dark and shadowed aspects of well-known folk stories and fairy tales are explored in updated retellings by such writers as Gahan Wilson, Tanith Lee, Jane Yolen and Leonard Rysdyk in this anthology by the team that also compiles The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror volumes. In Esther M. Freisner's ``Puss,'' one of the finest contributions, an ancient being dons boots with his feline guise to discharge a blood debt to a hated and brutal master. Patricia A. McKillip's ``The Snow Queen'' tells of a young woman who finds her real identity while her bored husband and their sophisticated friends nearly lose their souls to the eponymous enchantress. In a lighter vein, Caroline Stevermer and Ryan Edmonds write about an irritated stepmother who turns a baseball-mad family of boys into ``The Springfield Swans.'' Blanche, a witch's daughter raised in isolation in Susan Wade's ``Like a Red, Red Rose,'' finds tragedy when she reaches out for love. In ``I Shall Do Thee Mischief in the Woods,'' Kathe Koja shows what Little Red Riding Hood really was doing on her way to her grandmother's. Some of these tales are enchanting; some are horrifying; most, like the originals, offer insight into human nature. (Jan.)
Candace Smith
Before Perrault, Andersen, and Disney got hold of fairy tales, they were a darker, earthier lot. With an eye to re-creating this older spirit, editors Datlow and Windling have collected a batch of stories that weave familiar plots and themes into fresh, adult tales of horror, erotic fantasy, and occasional humor. In "Stalking Beans," for instance, Jack leaves his faithful wife behind in order to climb the beanstalk and seduce the giant's wife. "Snow-Drop" is a sensuous tale of a discontented wife who lures a young woman away from her circus act with seven dwarves and into her enchanted house, while the title character in "Little Red" leads unsuspecting men home to be the main course for dinner at Grandma's. Such prominent fantasy writers as Charles de Lint, Tanith Lee, Jane Yolen, and Patricia McKillip contribute their magic to this provocative collection.

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Snow White, Blood Red 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this-after i finished it I promptly read all of these editors' other compilations. It appealed enormously to me, and I love the wild woodsey feel of these story collections.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection of adult fairy tales. Twists on Snow White, Rapunzel, The Frog Prince, Red Riding Hood, and more are very entertaining and hauntingly written. A must for the grown-up fairy tale lover. ***Again, please note, these tales are not for children!***
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Just_JenniK More than 1 year ago
If you like fairy tales, you will love this book.
Quan-Kun More than 1 year ago
A captivating experience, shredding the veil we were raised to believe when we were children. A beautiful reincarnation of tales under their once true form. If you always wanted to know what faerie tales were like before they were altered, this is one title that will shed plenty of light.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Unless you are really 'artsy', don't bother reading this book. It is just plain weird. I was expecting stories that you could actually follow. I love fantasy, horror and science fiction. But these stories (save a couple) were poorly written with bad endings. I was disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Pika_ More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong the stories are well written but I hate it when the term "adult" is used to mean perverse. There are plenty of good "adult" stories that don't have to resort to child molestation, repeated child abuse, etc etc. I even agree that those are subjects that need to be told too, as a society we shouldn't close our eyes to the victims rather than facing our problems but these fairy tales are less about teaching a moral societal message and rather just end up being disturbing. More disturbing than I really needed. For good "adult" fairy tales I recommend Fairy Tale Lust edited by Kristina Wright (wonderfully erotic fairytale retellings), Laurell K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry series which starts with her novel A Kiss of Shadows, or one of my favorites: Juliet Marillier's novel Daughter of the Forest or Robin McKinley's Beauty (which is perfectly appropriate for adults or kids/teens come to think of it). I'll be donating my copy of this to a local used bookstore. Not my cup of tea.