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Initial post: 1 Apr 2010, 12:41:16 BST
fairy queen says:
I have been a die-hard horror reader for years but have always had a soft spot for what I call "dark fairytales", a mixture of supernatural, alternative reality and contempary culture.
Some I read and loved are-
Drinking midnight wine by Simon Green
Book of lost things by John Connolly
Queen Victoria Demon Hunter by A E Moorat
The World House by Guy Adams
I now seem to have drawn a bit of a blank as to what to read next so would be really gratefull for any recommendations, thanks!

Posted on 1 Apr 2010, 13:37:35 BST
Francesco says:
Great book that should fit right in "Neverwhere: The Author's Preferred Text"
by Neil Gaiman. Hope u will enjoy

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2010, 14:33:05 BST
fairy queen says:
Was this a tv series about 20 years ago? got a vague memory of a hidden world in the London Underground-if so that was brilliant-will definately give it a try, thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Apr 2010, 14:59:28 BST
Jenny says:
what about 'Ash' by Malinda Lo? It might be a teenage book but its meant to be fantastic. I was gonna buy it today but it lost out to a book i've wanted for ages.

Posted on 1 Apr 2010, 16:24:54 BST
Last edited by the author on 1 Apr 2010, 16:25:28 BST
Francesco says:
Hi fairy queen.
Not sure if there was a tv series based on that but the description seems
to be right so possibly it was indeed based on the book...have a go, u really
wont regret it.

p.s.make sure to buy the british edition as apparently the american one has
been cut quite a bit.

Posted on 1 Apr 2010, 20:49:07 BST
Fee fee says:
Tithe by Holly Black and Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. Although both are aimed at YA and possibly too tame for what you're looking for, they deserve a mention...they're both great and the first in a series.

Posted on 1 Apr 2010, 21:05:37 BST
tithe, ironside and valiant by holly black are brilliant and wicked lovely, ink exchange and fragile eternity and coming soon radiant shadows by melissa marr are brilliant too also have you tried any books of L,J Smith mainly vampire books some about witches and night world series has a bit of everything, but there all awesome, ash by Malinda Lo i have just read and was a wonderful read i hope i helped if i think of any more ill let you know

Posted on 1 Apr 2010, 21:26:20 BST
Last edited by the author on 1 Apr 2010, 21:27:13 BST
Rachel says:
Hi fairy Queen, yes Neverwhere was made into a Tv series. I would also recommend the following:-
Elaine Cunningham's Shadows in the starlight and Shadows in the Darkness. Brilliant, about a private detective who suspects she may be more than human
The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, Fey are one of the supernatural species in this sreies that focuses on werewolves and a 'walker' or coyote shapeshifter. These are utterly fantastic and the first is called Moon Called.
the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. First novel is called Dead Witch Walking. Amazing series!
Faerie Tale by Raymond E Fiest- dark tale indeed with the original ideas of sidhe myth meaning these fairies arent cute things with little iridescent wings but nasty, evil things with big teeth (and iridescent wings).
James Herbert Once and the Magic Cottage are on the horror side of fairy fantasy
and you might like Gail Carriger's Soulless- alternative universe setting, victorian England is run amock with supernatural beasties. It is a bit like Queen Victoria, demon slayer but funnier.

Posted on 4 Apr 2010, 21:20:44 BST
Okay, this may sound obvious, but Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series is about a person called Aislinn who lives in a modern world, but where faery courts exist, until she gets wrapped up into their world...

Hope you like them! :) though you may have already heard of them


In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2010, 12:37:55 BST
fairy queen says:
Hi Rachel
Forgot to mention ONCE by James Herbert-prob one of my favorite books ever! Thanks for reminding me-really like the sound of Faerie tale-will def give that a try, also really like the sound of souless-will put them both on my wish list now. must say it is lovely to hear from people who have such similar taste to me as I have been told on several occasions that I have VERY wierd taste for a 37 year old mother-of -two!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2010, 12:40:42 BST
fairy queen says:
have not heard of this but it keeps cropping up so must be good...will give it a try cheers!!

Posted on 5 Apr 2010, 13:11:33 BST
Last edited by the author on 5 Apr 2010, 13:35:12 BST
Rachel says:
Hi Fairy Queen. Personally I would take the comment 'weird' as a complement. Who wants to be like everyone else??? Unfortunately, the non-fantasy/horror reading public often have that kind of reaction but then they don't know what they are missing out on, do they? I hope you enjoy Faerie Tale and Soulless.

I thought of another series you might like from Jim Butcher- the Dresden Files. First book is called Storm Front. If you can imagine a Chandleresque Noir detective, crossed with an adult version of Harry Potter, you will be close. Harry Dresden is a wizard and as such balances 'real' world crime solving with supernatural and fey entities. tricky to describe but really good reads if you like alternative reality crime fiction! these have a healthy dose of fay mythology running through the series.

maybe you have some horror recommendations for me? i am a huge horror fan (and can normally be found posting on the horror forum, if you feel like joining us).

Posted on 6 Apr 2010, 09:14:32 BST
Auraya says:
Hi Fairy Queen, I'm not sure if this is the sort of thing you are looking for but you could try Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories - they are reworkings of traditional folk/fairy tales and are as dark as the original stories, before Disney got hold of them :o)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2010, 11:39:50 BST
fairy queen says:
Hi Rachel
Yes must admit am a bit new to all this forum stuff but will have a toddle over to the horror one. I have fairly strange taste when in comes to horror-not too keen on blood and guts but love a good old fashioned ghost story. As far as I am concerned James Herbert can do no wrong- but consider "once" and "Haunted" to be his two best.I can take or leave Stephen King but The Stand is a fab book, also love the Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz but cant get away with the rest off has stuff(see I am really awkward!)Joe Hill and John Connolly are both brill-but maybe edge more towards the fanasty side of things-altough I did think Heart Shaped box by Joe Hill was really creepy!Hope this helps as we seem to have fairly similar taste :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2010, 11:42:01 BST
fairy queen says:
Thanks Auraya
I really like the sound of that-have never heard of it and will check it out , cheers!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2010, 12:16:46 BST
Last edited by the author on 6 Apr 2010, 12:17:42 BST
Isobel Ayres says:
This is a great book along the lines you seem to be thinking:

The Stolen Child

It's about a boy who is taken by changelings, and the changeling who takes his place. Very good.

I second the recommendations for Neverwhere as well, it's brilliant (as is basically anything by Neil Gaiman).

Posted on 6 Apr 2010, 12:19:17 BST
Bookworm79 says:
I would second the Angela Carter suggestion -her 'Nights at the Circus' is also worth a look.

Posted on 6 Apr 2010, 22:38:13 BST
Rachel says:
Hi Fairy Queen you are right, we do have quite similar taste. I adored Heart Shaped Box and have Horns sitting on my 'to read' pile. I also love a ghost story and there are some recommendations on the horror forum. there are 2 old posts, one called 'True Horror' and the other 'Reviews and Recommendations horror books' that you might like to check out. I look forward to discussing some of our faves there. Unlike you, i love King and liked early Koontz but started disliking him with his recent stuff. apologies to the fantasy fans for going off track in this post...no disrespect meant!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2010, 07:33:34 BST
Mike Carey's Felix Castor books are brilliant! Please please try them!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2010, 08:56:18 BST
Hilary says:
My daughter absolutely loved The Sterkarm Handshake by Susan Price. I think you might enjoy that too.

Hilary Robinson

Posted on 7 Apr 2010, 12:38:08 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 Apr 2010, 12:51:17 BST
Rachel says:
Hey, Call me Sparky. I adore Castor too. Brilliant books. I am not sure if they fit with the theme of fairy tale though. they are a bit more horror/crime type of fantasy. From what Fairy Queen has said, i would imagine she might like them but they are unlikely to appeal to those looking for a Melissa Marr/YA type fairy novel, filled as they are with exorcism, demon summoning and ghosts. Incidentally, Sparky, if you love these, have you tried Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden novels? think you would like them as they are similar but have a more fantasy lean than Castor. fantastic series though.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2010, 15:03:56 BST
fairy queen says:
Rachel-thats spooky I have just put Horns on my wish list!If you get round to it first you will have let us know what you think.Have already put a couple of postings on the horror forum but dont think I have checked those two out-see you over there.By the way I have also added Soulless to my wishlist so thanks for that too.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2010, 15:15:05 BST
fairy queen says:
Hi Call Me Sparky
Have just had a look a this series and think they look so good I have just ordered Naming of the Beasts which I hope is the first. Although they do not really fall into the Fairy Tale bracket- with demons, ghosts and excorcists whats not to like!!!By the way if you like this have you read Hunters Moon by David Devereux?an truly awesome book...like a cross between Buffy and Andy Mcnab!

Posted on 7 Apr 2010, 16:03:04 BST
Last edited by the author on 7 Apr 2010, 16:07:18 BST
Rachel says:
Hi- fairy queen, quick edit your purchase list!!! naming of the beast is the fifth one. First is called the Devil you Know. they are one of those series that need to be read in order. fab series- love them. Funny you should also mention Devereaux- i've just finished the sequel to Hunters Moon called Eagle Rising! your summary of Buffy meets Andy Macnabb is spot on- although i think a touch of James Bond in there too but rough and ready Craig, not suave and poncy Moore/Dalton/Connery/Brosnan. Incidentally, brosnan was on my plane last summer when i went to italy!! He was a kn0b to the stewardess who then spent the whole rest of the journey clipping him at speed with the trolley. Funny.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2010, 16:40:50 BST
fairy queen says:
Cheers Rachel will get on to that ASAP thats typical for me...never read books in the right order..just read the night/day/twilight watch books in completly the wrong order but loved them anway!!Have not read Eagle rising..is it as good as the first?(best bit of that book by the way is when he rips the guys still-beating heart out and bites into it....would love to see them do that on Buffy!!)Totally get your point about Brosnan-any Bloke who does ads for mens anti wrinkle creams has to be a T**t!
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