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Neil Gaiman, Joanne Harris and other bestsellers re-imagine famous fairy tales in this wonderfully rich, scary anthology, illustrated by Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings artist Alan Lee.

Following in the grand tradition of the Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, some of today's finest writers have created their own brand-new fairy tales - but with a decidedly dark twist. Fearie Tales is a fantastical mix of spellbinding retellings of 'Cinderella', 'Rapunzel', 'Hansel and Gretel' and 'Rumpelstiltskin', amongst others, with unsettling tales inspired by other childhood classics, all interspersed with the sources of their inspiration: the timeless stories first collected by the Brothers Grimm.

Edited by Stephen Jones, Britain's best-known anthologist of dark tales, and illustrated by Oscar-winning artist Alan Lee, who also provided the magnificent cover, with stories by Neil Gaiman; Joanne Harris; Garth Nix; John Ajvide Lindqvist; Markus Heitz; Michael Marshall Smith; Angela Slatter; Robert Shearman; Christopher Fowler; Ramsey Campbell; Peter Crowther; Brian Hodge; Brian Lumley; Reggie Oliver and Tanith Lee.

But be warned: this stunning volume of frightening fables is definitely not suitable for children!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 430 pages
  • 131 x 197 x 27mm | 288g
  • Jo Fletcher Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1782064729
  • 9781782064725
  • 384,917

Table of contents

Introduction: Don't Scare the Children - Stephen Jones. The Wilful Child. Find My Name - Ramsey Campbell. The Singing Bone. Down to a Sunless Sea - Neil Gaiman. Rapunzel. Open Your Windows, Golden Hair - Tanith Lee. The Hare's Bride. Crossing the Line - Garth Nix. Hansel and Gretel. Peckish - Robert Shearman. The Three Little Men in the Wood. Look Inside - Michael Marshall Smith. The Story of a Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was. Fraulein Fearnot - Markus Heitz. Cinderella. The Ash-Boy - Christopher Fowler. The Elves #1. The Changeling - Brian Lumley. The Nixie of the Mill-Pond. The Silken Drum - Reggie Oliver. The Robber Bridegroom. By the Weeping Gate - Angela Slatter. Frau Trude. Anything to Me is Sweeter, Than to Cross Shock-Headed Peter - Brian Hodge. The Elves #2. The Artemis Line - Peter Crowther. The Old Woman in the Wood. The Silken People - Joanne Harris. Rumpelstiltskin. Come Unto Me - John Ajvide Lindqvist. The Shroud.
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Review Text

Fearie Tales has the edge here, mainly because it proved so refreshing and authentic, reflecting the true intention of the original storytellers, after decades of sugarcoated Disney fare. The Stylist Book Wars
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'For a goosebump-raising story, look no further than the beautifully illustrated Fearie Tales . . . All the time-honoured horror themes are here -- Russell Williams * Metro * With Fearie Tales, noted horror anthologist Stephen Jones sets out to return the form to its roots. Using the original tales collected in the early 19th Century by the Brothers Grimm as inspiration, Jones presents a collection of modern-day fairy tales designed to frighten and unsettle, and written by some of the foremost practitioners of horror and dark fantasy currently working in their respective fields . . . This is a must for horror aficionados everywhere, and doubly so for anyone with a penchant for fairy tales in particular. The usual high production values from Jo Fletcher mean this is a book that you'll want to have displayed on your shelf, and that's just the icing on the cake. Dark, disturbing but most of all: wonderful. -- Matt Craig * Reader Dad * This book provides a double dose of delight to fans of fear-fraught fiction. Firstly, there is Alan Lee's captivating and delightfully mordant artwork which adorns the covers, endpapers and interiors, and then there are the stories themselves, which are compelling, intriguing, and unsettling in equal measure . . . Added together with Jo Fletcher Books' impeccable design and production values, and you have a book that you will treasure for years to come. * Illustrators * Satisfyingly creepy and viscerally horrific -- Luna Centifanti * Times Higher Education, Books Of The Year * Takes the retold fairy tale sub-genre, already claimed and used exquisitely in fantasy and dark fantasy fiction, deep into horror territory * Ellen Datlow, Best Horror of the Year * I've dipped in and out, read half the book in one go, re-read, and mulled over. The stories are tense, creepy, twisted, sad, and horrible in varying proportions * Andthenireadabook * Moving, shocking, funny, pretty essential * Concatenation * This is an impressive one: horror yarns inspired by the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Add in a splendid cover illustration and superb pieces of interior art by Alan Lee and you have the makings of a great anthology * British Fantasy Society * A collection of definitely-not-for-kids fairy tales twisted and retold by an amazing list of authors * Bibliosanctum * Stephen Jones remains at the top of the tree as one of the world's premier anthologists * Crime Time * Marvellous: each story is great in its own way and together they just work remarkably well to bring thrills and nightmares. All of them are terrifying and mesmerising at the same time. The illustrations by Alan Lee are incredible. Read it if you dare and see if you can keep your lights off during the night. 10 stars! -- Marc Aplin * Fantasy-Faction * This is one absolutely beautiful collection. A must-have. * Terror-Tree * Authentically terrifying . . . The whole is gorgeous, the hardback from paper to font is a treasure to hold, even before we see Alan Lee's magnificent drawings * ScienceFic * The best spooky fiction: Close the curtains, pull up a chair, open a book - and prepare to be pleasantly scared * The Metro * Fearie Tales has the edge here, mainly because it proved so refreshing and authentic, reflecting the true intention of the original storytellers, after decades of sugarcoated Disney fare. * The Stylist Book Wars *
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About Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones is the multiple-award-winning editor and author of more than 100 books in the film, horror and fantasy genres. A former television director/producer and movie publicist and consultant (including the first three Hellraiser movies with Clive Barker), he has edited the critically acclaimed anthology series Best New Horror for more than 20 years. He lives in Wembley, Middlesex, and travels widely. His website can be found at www.stephenjoneseditor.com. Stephen Jones is the multiple-award-winning editor and author of more than 100 books in the film, horror and fantasy genres. A former television director/producer and movie publicist and consultant (including the first three Hellraiser movies with Clive Barker), he has edited the critically acclaimed anthology series Best New Horror for more than 20 years. He lives in Wembley, Middlesex, and travels widely. His website can be found at www.stephenjoneseditor.com.
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356 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 19% (67)
4 42% (151)
3 31% (109)
2 6% (23)
1 2% (6)
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