Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales

Eighteen extraordinary authors devise all-new fairy tales: imaginative reinterpretations of the familiar, evocative new myths, speculations beyond the traditional realm of “once upon a time.” Often dark, occasionally humorous, always enthralling, these entertaining stories find a certain Puss in a near-future New York, an empress bargaining with a dragon, a princess turned into a raven, a king’s dancing daughters with powerful secrets, great heroism, terrible villainy, sparks of mischief, and a great deal more. Brilliant dreams and dazzling nightmares with meaning for today and tomorrow…

“The Giant In Repose” by Nathan Ballingrud
“Eat Me, Drink Me, Love Me” by Christopher Barzak
“Tales That Fairies Tell” by Richard Bowes
“Warrior Dreams” by Cinda Williams Chima
“Blanchefleur” by Theodora Goss
“The Road of Needles” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
“Below the Sun Beneath” by Tanith Lee
“The Coin of Heart’s Desire” by Yoon Ha Lee
“Sleeping Beauty of Elista” by Ekaterina Sedia
“Egg” by Priya Sharma
“Lupine” by Nisi Shawl
“Castle of Masks” by Cory Skerry
“Flight” by Angela Slatter
“The Lenten Rose” by Genevieve Valentine
“The Hush of Feathers, the Clamour of Wings” by A.C. Wise
“Born and Bread” by Kaaron Warren
“The Mirror Tells All” by Erzebet YellowBoy
“The Spinning Wheel’s Tale” by Jane Yolen

“Despite the subtitle, Guran (The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons) has actually filled this anthology with adaptations of familiar tales. The stories include urban fantasy (Warrior Dreams by Cinda Williams Chima, with grindylows in Lake Erie), near-future science fiction (Caitlín R. Kiernan’s The Road of Needles, which adapts Little Red Riding Hood), and more traditional retellings (Tanith Lee’s Below the Sun Beneath, an adaptation of the Grimms’ The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes). A few outstanding works give new perspectives on their progenitor stories (The Spinning Wheel’s Tale by Jane Yolen), the fairy-tale genre (The Coin of Heart’s Desire by Yoon Ha Lee, one of the few non-European stories), or both (Eat Me, Drink Me, Love Me by Christopher Barzak, an adaptation of Christina Rossetti’s long poem Goblin Market). Many of the stories require familiarity with the originals, but the abundance of European sources means that shouldn’t be a problem for Western readers.”
Publishers Weekly

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