I’m going to combine both of these in one review since they are very similar and share the same editor and publisher.
I actually tracked these down because a friend of mine, Matthew Sylvester, wrote one of the stories in Volume Two. They both looked enticing, and the price was right, so I grabbed both volumes.
The premise for both books are the same: the original tales as told by the Brothers Grimm were a lot darker than the sterilized versions we see in Disney movies now. Prospective authors were tasked with writing stories which returned to the stories of old, telling stories that were either harsher, more stark or even, in a couple of cases, simply a little off-kilter.
I must say these stories deliver. Having a warped sense of humor myself and a having grown up watching Fractured Fairy Tales as a kid, most of these were right…
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