Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears Mass Market Paperback – 9 May 2002
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My only complaint is that many (it seems like most) of the authors are horror writers, so this seems to overshadow the collection at times. I suppose you could just say that this is because these are fairy tales for *adults*. If you like good horror, though, you will certainly enjoy the collection.
Nonetheless, I'll probably buy at least one more of the books in the series (there's also 'Snow White, Blood Red', and 'Black Thorn, White Rose').
'Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears' is worth buying just for Tanith Lee's 'the Beast', which is pretty disturbing, Roberta Lannes' 'Roach in Loafers' (very funny) and Nancy Collins' 'Billy Fearless', also pretty funny.
The resulting stories cover a variety of styles and genres, from the humour of Roberta Lannes' "Roach in Loafers", to the disturbing horror of Anne Bishop's "Match Girl". This is very much an edition for adults, not to be mistaken for children's stories, and Match Girl (based on Hans Christian Andersen's "Little Match Girl") may be too much for some to stomach. Nevertheless, as the author points out, the instruments of torture described have all been invented and used by humankind.
Some of my favourite stories in this volume are Joyce Carol Oates' haunting and moving "The Crossing"; Neil Gaiman's poem "The White Road" - "Mr. Fox" with a twist; and Tanith Lee's "The Beast", an unusual and erotic version of "Beauty and the Beast" with more than a touch of "Bluebeard". But the book is full of gems, some fantastical, some darkly disturbing. Lovers of fantasy should lap it up, and anyone who has enjoyed the previous volumes of the series will find more delights in store for them here.
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