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Book Review — “Once Upon a Scream”

May 11, 2017

Hello ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Casa!

Apologies for being away from the blog for so long. Changes in my family and professional dynamics have occurred, which I will go more into in a future post. In the meantime, I’m trying to get myself back into a regular deadline schedule. What better way to do so than starting work on my backlog of book reviews. This week’s offering is “Once Upon a Scream”, a collection of fairy tale themed horror stories edited by Dan Shaurette.

Traditionally, fairy tales have usually contained dark themes and ride the line between horror and non-horror. The stories included in this collection take the step over that line and directly into the horror realm. Although I enjoyed all of the stories, my favorites were “The Black Undeath” (a zombie version of Rumpelstiltskin), “The Godmother’s Bargain” (a twisted version of Cinderella), “Curse of the Elves” (think “The Shoemaker and the Elves” crossed with “Sweeney Todd”), and Mr. Shingles (a troll under the bridge story). Overall, I give this collection a 4.75 our of 5, definitely a must read if you love horror or fairy tales.

Until next week…

D.J. Pitsiladis


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