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About Ed Fortune
Ed Fortune is a writer, broadcaster and journalist who has written for magazines as diverse as Time Out and The Fortean Times. He judges books professionally and is Starburst Magazine's Literary Editor. He also writes the board gaming column, Roll For Damage. He hosts the multi-award dodging podcast, Brave New Words, which is all about genre fiction, as well as Star Wars RPG podcast Force Majeure.
You can follow him on twitter @ed_fortune.
Reading the original tales, you realise how many of those tales were simple lessons about behaviour and survival. Some were lessons we could still agree with; be kind to those who seem poor and dirty and powerless. Behave pleasantly to those around you. Keep your eyes open. Note what happens to others who have gone on this quest before you. Be brave. Be crafty.
In this anthology our six tales present alternate versions of these lessons. In Matthew Sylvester's Death's Messengers, a futuristic soldier makes a choice that extends his life. In Ed Ahern's Happily Ever After, the stereotypes of Prince and Princess are subverted, just as 'One Hundred Lost Years' by Jennifer Loring teaches us not to judge a book by its cover. In Ready or Not by Nancy Brashear, we see a dark version of Hansel and Gretel, whilst Paved with Gold by Ed Fortune, shows us that all that glitters is not gold. And in Stewart Hotston's Rumpeltrollskin, the lesson is . . beware a fool's bargain. So step in and enjoy these brand new twisted fairy tales.