Twenty-Three Twisted Fairy Tales
Fairy tales are fantastical tales in which anything—absolutely anything—can happen. Most fairy tales don’t involve fairies. Some have morals, some don’t. Some are for kids, some aren’t. The oldest were told by adults to adults.
Fairy tales are populated by the weird and the bizarre. Elves and dragons, bridge trolls and deep-sea mermaids, sprites and goblins, talking animals and talking trees and sometimes, even fairies. There are no limits to what can be used in a fairy tale, or to what a fairy tale can be about.
Once Upon an Apocalypse contains fairy tales about zombies. Or, in some cases, zombie stories with fairies, or even fairy tales in which zombies also appear.
If you’ve never read real fairy tales then you might ask: “Wait, aren’t fairy tales cute stories about talking bunnies and Disney characters?” The answer is yes and no.
Not the old ones. If you never read the Brothers Grimm are you in for a shock! The 'fairy tale ending' we’ve come to know is a far cry from what Jacob and Wilhelm were writing back in early nineteenth century. Things tend to end very, very badly for the characters—even the good guys. Not all of the stories in Once Upon an Apocalypse are scary. Some are hilarious, some are tragic, and some are disturbing. However each contains a spark of real magic—that special element separating these stories from others of the horror genre.
In fairy tales absolutely anything can happen. There are no rules and there are few happy endings. These are fairy stories, and they’re zombie stories, and they are absolutely magical.
And we mean that in the least-comforting way possible.
Selected and edited by Scott T. Goudsward & Rachel Kenley. Cover art by David Oliver. Interior art by Calb Cleveland. 192 pages. Trade Paperback.
The Tales Included:
- Forward by Jonathan Maberry
- Wednesday’s Goats by Justin Short
- Ali Baba and the Forty Zombies by Suzanne Robb
- Steadfast in the face of Zombies by Trisha Wooldridge
- The Oven by Sean Eads
- The Seven Ravens by Celeste Hall
- The Undead Rose by Christopher Peruzzi
- Undead and the Shoemaker by T. Fox Dunham
- And the Beast by Rachel Kenley
- Alice’s Undead Adventures by Amber Keller
- Mary Had a Little Limb by Wendy Dabrowski
- Cinders by Katherine Marciniak
- Thumbelina’s Bloodbath by Herb Shallcross
- The Zombie Bridegroom by Sheri White
- Matches by Randy Lindsay
- Pin by John Boden
- Seven by K. H. Vaughan
- Giuseppe Cavaletta and His Aunts by Jeffrey C. Pettengill
- Foxy and Wolf by Brian M. Sammons
- The Pied Piper of Cottageville by Tracy L. Carbone
- Metzger of the Acres by Sean Logan
- Little Red Survivalist by Benjamin T. Smith
- Four and Twenty by Stephen D. Rogers
- More Than Watchmen Wait for the Dawn by Joe McKinney
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