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.
It’s no secret that I adore anthologies, and that I adore retellings. This one is definitely one that’s perfect for the current state of the world. You’ll get sucked into these wonderful stories and want so much more!
I think one of my favorites is, “Listen” by Jen Williams. It’s like a twisted version of the Pied Piper, where Erren, our piper, is cursed with bringing mayhem and sorrow to towns as she wanders the world for eternity. “Skin” by James Brogden is gruesome in the best way! Hannah, a woman of an indeterminate age (I’ll say she’s roughly my age, that makes sense to me) accidentally curses a vain man she was dating because he was grossed out by…her psoriasis. Like, her dry skin was an ick factor for him. And there’s honestly SO MUCH to take away from it, you should just read it for yourself.
What I love so much about this anthology is that the stories are all fantastic (obviously), but they’re all set during different time periods as well. You’ve got your usual settings of Ye Olde Days (“As Red as Blood, As White as Snow”), generation spanning stories (“Listen”), modern tales (“Troll Bridge,” “At That Age”)…you name it. It’s the perfect social isolation read, because the stories are all so engrossing that you’ll be done before you know it!
A lovely anthology of curses gone wrong-and right-that’s great for your quarantine read, I give Cursed 5 out of 5 poison apples. Thank you, Titan Books, for providing a copy in exchange for review!