Book Review – Cursed: An Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales

Fairy tales take a weird twist in this anthology compiling stories from an all-star cast of fantasy writers, including stories from Neil Gaiman, Charlie Jane Anders and Alison Littlewood.

Here in this book you’ll find unique twists on the fairy tale conceit of the curse, from the more traditional to the modern – giving us brand new mythologies as well as new approaches to well-loved fables. Some might shock you, some might make you laugh, but they will all impress you with their originality.


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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This anthology of short stories is an excellent collection of subverting expectations around curses and fairy tales.

There were a couple that really stood out for me, and a couple that I intensely disliked. My favourite was the darkly chilling As Red As Blood, As White As Snow by Christina Henry. I really enjoyed the way it twisted Prince Charming around, and the way the apple and the step mother fit into the story.

There do need to be some mentions of triggers though as some of the stories go very dark – self harm and child abuse stood out for me.

Buy Cursed from Waterstones.

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