fairy tales


March #MidnightBooks: The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

You guys--I am so excited. Clive Barker is my favorite modern horror author. One of the many things I love about his stories is how he blends dark fantasy and horror together to create wildly imaginative worlds. The Thief of Always is Barker's version of a fairytale, a story that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, but also is dark enough for mature horror readers. If you liked Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, or Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, I think you'll love The Thief of Always. Synopsis Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for a thousan[...]


The Glass Casket, a Gothic Horror tale

As 2015 begins, I can’t help but reflect on my favorite books of 2014. Probably one of the most influential was The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman, a Gothic Horror wrapped very neatly inside the structure of a fairy tale. Like most Gothics, the story is set in an exotic place. Though we don't have the Gothic castle, we do have the snowy and isolated village of Nag’s End where our heroine, Rowan Rose, lives with her father, Henry Rose, and their maid, Emily. On the opening page, death has come to Nag’s End, when some strange beast attacks a group of sold[...]


Hansel and Gretel: Revenge is Nice

We learned a couple of things while we were trapped in that house. One, never walk in to a house made of candy. And two, if you’re gonna kill a witch, set her ass on fire. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. This came out in 2013, and is about KILLING ALL THE THINGS. Some people will say that not all witches are evil, that their powers could be used for good. I say burn them all! - Hansel With lots of fire. And headbutting. And shooting. And sarcasm. Things this movie isn't: for children.  I feel like whoever wrote this script was just like, "I wanna kill some[...]