Monday, January 13, 2014

New Book: Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome

Fearie Tales: Stories of the Grimm and Gruesome by Stephen Jones (Editor), Alan Lee (Illustrator) was released this past October in the UK but won't be released in the US--see Fearie Tales (US Edition)--until September 2014. This may be of particular interest to fans of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films since their designer Alan Lee illustrates this book.

And, of course, for those of you always seeking darker fairy tales--those of you who prefer Grimm to Once Upon a Time, for example. I've included the usual book description below as well as some illustrations. Authors include Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, Joanne Harris and Garth Nix for their fans, too.

Book description:

Two hundred years ago two brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm, collected together a large selection of folk and fairy tales and published them as Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children's and Household Tales). So successful was the first collection of 88 stories that they kept adding more to subsequent editions. Since then, the tales of the Brothers Grimm have been translated into upwards of a hundred different languages and are known and loved throughout the world.

Now award-winning editor Stephen Jones has tasked some of the brightest and best horror writers in Britain, America and Europe with reinterpreting some of the traditional Hausmärchen, putting a decidedly darker spin on the classic stories.

Stephen Jones is the multiple-award-winning editor and author of more than 100 books in the horror and fantasy genres. A former television director/producer and movie publicist and consultant (including the first three Hellraiser movies), he has edited the reprint anthology Best New Horror for more than 20 years. He lives in Wembley, Middlesex, and travels widely.

Alan Lee was born in London, where he studied graphic art and design. Over the years he has established himself as one of England's preeminent book artists, creating illustrations for, among other works: The Mabinogion, Castles, Merlin Dreams, Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Illiad and the anniversary edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. He was also the conceptual designer working on the Lord of the Rings films, responsible for creating the 'look' of Middle Earth. He currently lives on Dartmoor.

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