Synopses & Reviews
Once Upon A Time . . .
A seduced prince willingly fell prey to a sensuous usurper's erotic treacheries . . . a flesh-eating ogre gamboled in the footlights . . . a gingerbread man fled in terror from the baking pan to the fire . . .
The award-winning editors of Snow White, Blood Red return us to distinctly adult realms of myth and the fantastic -- with eighteen wondorous works that cloak the magical fictions we heard at Grandma's knee in mantles of darkness and dread. From Roger Zelansky's delightful tale of Death's disobedient godson to Peter Straub's blood-chilling examination of a gargantuan Cinderella and her terrible twisted "art," here are stories strange and miraculous -- remarkable modern storytelling that remold our most cherished childhood fables into things sexier, more sinister . . . and more appealing to grown-up tastes and sensiblilities.
About the Author
Ellen Datlow was the fiction editor at Omnimagazine for seventeen years. She is now editor of the web zine Event Horizon She has edited numerous successful anthologies, including Blood Is Not Enough, Little Deaths, Off Limits, Twists of the Tale, and Vanishing Acts. With Terri Windling she has edited the popular anthology series The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror for thirteen years. A multiple World Fantasy Award-winner, she lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Introduction / Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow -- Words like pale stones / Nancy Kress -- Stronger than time / Patricia C. Wrede -- Somnus's fair maid / Ann Downer -- The frog king, or Iron Henry / Daniel Quinn -- Near-beauty / M.E. Beckett -- Ogre / Michael Kandel -- Can't catch me / Michael Cadnum -- Journeybread recipe / Lawrence Schimel -- The brown bear of Norway / Isabel Cole -- The goose girl / Tim Wynne-Jones -- Tattercoats / Midori Snyder -- Granny rumple / Jane Yolen -- The sawing boys / Howard Waldrop -- Godson / Roger Zelazny -- Ashputtle / Peter Straub -- Silver and gold / Ellen Steiber -- Sweet bruising skin / Storm Constantine -- The black swan / Susan Wade.