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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781782064725

Price: £12.99

ON SALE: 2nd October 2014

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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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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
Stephen Jones remains at the top of the tree as one of the world's premier anthologists
Crime Time
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
Satisfyingly creepy and viscerally horrific
Luna Centifanti, Times Higher Education, Books Of The Year
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.
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
'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
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
This is one absolutely beautiful collection. A must-have.
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
The best spooky fiction: Close the curtains, pull up a chair, open a book - and prepare to be pleasantly scared
The Metro
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
A collection of definitely-not-for-kids fairy tales twisted and retold by an amazing list of authors
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
Moving, shocking, funny, pretty essential