Snow White, Blood Red

By Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling

Once upon a time, fairy stories
were for kids . . . yet no longer.

You carry on your palms a quantity of wonders -- magical stories of trolls and ogres, of bewitched princesses and kingdoms accursed, penned by means of essentially the most acclaimed fantasists of our day. yet those will not be bedtime tales designed to usher an blameless baby lightly right into a realm of desires. those are tales that chew -- lush and erotic, usually darkish and demanding mystical trips via a phantasmagoric panorama of noticeably grownup sensibilities . . . the place there is not any such factor as "happily ever after."

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