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Twenty curses, old and new, from best-selling fantasy authors such as Neil Gaiman, Karen Joy Fowler, Christina Henry, M.R. Carey, and Charlie Jane Anders.
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It's a prick of blood, the bite of an apple, the evil eye, a wedding ring, or a pair of red shoes. Curses come in all shapes and sizes, and they can happen to anyone, not just those of us with unpopular step-parents....
Here you'll find unique twists on curses, from fairy tale classics to brand-new hexes of the modern world - expect new monsters and mythologies as well as twists on well-loved fables. Stories to shock and stories of warning, stories of monsters and stories of magic.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 38 minutes|
|Author||Marie O’Regan - editor, Paul Kane - editor|
|Narrator||Helen Lloyd, Shiromi Arserio, Lisa Flanagan, Simon Vance, Tim Campbell, Esther Wane, Soneela Nankani, P. J. Ochlan|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 07, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #61,124 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#116 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Audible Books & Originals)
#251 in Literature Anthologies
#1,019 in Fantasy Anthologies
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Anthologies are hard, because you sort of always have to expect a mixed lot. I’ve never read an anthology where I’ve just loved every single one of the stories. But this one came pretty darn close, I have to say.
Cursed is a masterfully edited book from a list of highly talented authors that delivers on its promise of evil curses, dark fairy tale retellings, and twists that are sure to give you goosebumps.
I definitely didn’t find any part of this terrifying per se. This was a more subtle sort of feeling, a pervasive creepiness as you read that you know something’s not quite right. If there’s one thing you should go into this anthology with it’s this: expect the unexpected.
I have to say, the editors did a fabulous job curating the stories, and the authors brought some interesting new perspectives to fairy tales we all know and love. The stories range from straight up horror to some with a more philosophical bent to even some humorous ones. Because what screams horror more than humor, am I right? But it worked perfectly.
I'll just highlight a couple of my favorites here:
Henry and the Snakewood Box
What I Loved: This is written from the point of view of a snarky demon (and really … is there any other kind?!). The voice is the perfect balance between fun and manipulative, with just a dash of evil. Okay, a healthy dosing of evil. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What I Loved: This one surprised me by not only being darker than I originally thought it would be, but it took an unforeseen turn that I really enjoyed. This takes its inspiration from the Pied Piper, and I loved how the author took the roots of that story and transformed it to something darker and yet still like an arrow straight to the feels.
What I Loved: Who knew you could have a love story in a book about curses?! That in itself is enough to make this stand out. I loved the blend of horror and romance here. It was both sweet and creepy, poignant and heartbreaking, especially thinking about all the ramifications of it.
What I Loved: I think the idea in this isn’t completely unique (as I’ve heard this “theory” about Peter Pan before) but oh my freaking gosh, the creep factor was cranked up so much. This story was dark and freaky and the writing dragged me along reluctantly, especially after I saw where it was going, but it was just so powerful.
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As with all anthologies, there were personal favorites, though having said that, there were only two or three which didn't hit the mark for me personally. I believe there’s something here for all tastes.
I must add, the brief/theme was exceptionally well covered in all the stories and through a variety of approaches. I read it during the Christmas holidays, and although none of the stories feature Christmas, the 'magical' fairy-tale feel complimented the time of year.
I don’t really like doing this, especially when the stories are so strong, but here are my personal favorites ...
As Red as Blood, as White as Snow, by Christina Henry – a dark, brooding tale that took me back to childhood.
Troll Bridge, by Neil Gaiman – one of my favorite authors, every word is perfection!
At That Age, by Catriona Ward – a modern tale with a message that stuck with me.
Henry and the Snakewood Box, by M.R. Carey – unique POV, intelligently written, darkly humorous.
Wendy Darling, by Christopher Golden – a dark, memorable twist on Peter Pan.
Little Red, by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple – loved the voice and its dreamlike quality.
Again, by Tim Lebbon – great story-telling, thought-provoking.
The theme of the stories is Curses and Fairytales. Some are very clearly linked some are tenuous. And to describe any in detail will give the game away. But suffice it to say this is a book that causes no ruffles and fleeting enjoyment.