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Once Upon a Cursed Time: Dark Fairytale Anthology by RL Weeks, JL Clayton, Terri Nixon, Steve Evans, RB Wood, Aimee Shaye, Genevieve Moultrie, Lauretta L Kehoe, Mike Kehoe, MaryAnn Alexander J Y Delgrado

October 5, 2016 - 9:09 pm No Comments

51cpv-m1e-lOnce Upon a Cursed Time: Dark Fairytale Anthology by RL Weeks, JL Clayton, Terri Nixon, Steve Evans, RB Wood, Aimee Shaye, Genevieve Moultrie, Lauretta L Kehoe, Mike Kehoe, MaryAnn Alexander J Y Delgrado

Published 24th September 2016

299 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Like the majority of children, I grew up with fairytales and I still have my collection on my bookshelf. This anthology is fairytales for adults, a remake of some of the favourite tales but with a dark twist.

Whenever I read an anthology I always have my favourites, and this was no exception. For the purpose of this review I will just mention the ones I loved the most.

Ugly Scars by RL Weeks, a retelling of The Ugly Duckling. Milly Swann and Tom and very much in love, but Tom has a dark secret. This story involves the skinning of people and the creation of a creature which reminded me of Frankenstein’s Monster.

Path of Thorns by Terri Nixon, Hansel and Gretel, my favourite tale retold. Ellie and Jack are brother and sister and live in a workhouse, they are sent out to work but after they escape they come across the fairy folk of the forest, where Ellie has a major decision to make.

 Beauty and the Beast within by Mike Kehoe. The story follows closely to the main story of Beauty and the Beast, but the major twist the author puts in this story was really unexpected and was a great alternative ending to this favourite tale.    

Pin by JL Clayton.  A female puppet and black magic what is the worst that could happen. I enjoyed how the author threw in other favourites to the story, Jim Cricket, a rotting helper of the dark fairy and the song that is played in the movie “When you wish upon a star”. JL has said that she will write a novel about Pin and I really hope she does.

Prince’s Recreant by Steve Evans, what an unusual retelling of the Princess and the Pea. Involving gruesome games which resulted in deaths. This story held my interest from start to finish and I loved the twist at the end.  

Skinderella by Lauretta L Kehoe. I loved the way that the ugly sisters tried to make themselves beautiful so they could marry the prince, and their mother was one sick individual.

There were a couple of fairytales that I had not heard off but this did not stop me enjoying the book. Each author had their own style of writing and I could not fault any of the stories. RL Weeks did a great job getting these authors together and whilst the majority I knew and have read. I am glad that I have found a few new authors for me to follow.

If you like your fairytales dark and twisted, then get this book. I hope that there will be another Once upon a time in the near future. Brilliant stories.

Blackwater Val

April 29, 2016 - 11:26 am No Comments

Blackwater Val
Author: William R Gorman
Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing
Page Count: 348pp
Release date: 29th April 2016
Reviewer: Yvonne Davies

Richard is travelling back to Blackwater Valley to honour his wife Michelle’s final wishes of scattering her ashes on her birthday in their hometown. His wife whilst battling Leukemia was killed by a hit and run.
Travelling with him was their young daughter Katie. Katie is an exceptional girl with inherited powers. Katie can see ghosts, but it doesn’t stop there, she can also heal people and animals by removing their illnesses and also get them to see what she can see. Nobody else knows how special she is except her dad.
Whilst in Blackwater, Richard takes time to reconnect with Michelle’s family and his old school friend Tommy, who due to his own loss ended up getting into trouble.
Unbeknown to the residents of Blackwater, evil has established itself in their small town. Ancient plague pits opening up all over town, unexplained deaths and birth deformities in animals are just the start.
Throughout the trip Katie’s life is in danger but no one is aware of this until near the end. With the help of Tommy and a local witch can Richard save his little girl?
The history of the town and the local residents idiosyncrasies kept the story flowing and gained my interest. From the moment I started reading, I was hooked.
Richard’s memories of growing up in Blackwater and his time with Michelle show how raw his grief is, and it is incredibly moving.
Whilst reading this book you sense that something is going to happen and when it does it is big!
This is the first book I have read by this author and it won’t be the last.
If you like Stephen King, then William R Gorman is an author you need to look out for.