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Revisit your favorite childhood fairy taleswith a paranormal twist Eight classic stories rewritten by eight talented authors with one common theme they all feature the undead From angels to vampires and ghosts to zombies you'll be sure to fall in love with the classics all over again and uickly learn that even the undead can have a happily ever afterIn the Belly of the Wolf by Amanda CarmanDon't talk to strangers Don't stray from the path If you do the wolf will eat you Once swallowed you will be trapped forever in the dark and musty limbo of the belly of the wolf a larger and crowded world than you ever suspected You can't blame him though After all wolves will be wolvesThe Glass Coffin by Emmalyn GreysonWhen Marianna's stepmother betrays her by having her turned into a vampire she must flee home and the love of her life Darren her werewolf lover believes he's found a cure Will it lead to heartache or happily ever after?Hans and the Best Day Ever by GL JacksonAfter a seven year apprenticeship with the Boss Lady Hans decides it’s time to go home Accompanied by Gabe the two boys make their way back to the house in the woods where they hope to find Hans’ mother Gabe is never at a loss for words but Hans is always uick to act on what might either be a fantastic ideaor the worst idea everThe Baron and the Firebird by JA CampbellIn the depths of the Russian wilderness Baron Pyotr Vasilyev does his best to care for his people but his long years weigh heavily and he’s beginning to lose his taste for life The only things that keep him going are his devotion to duty and his magical cherries When his cherries go missing the thief turns out to be the Firebird The desire to hear her sing one last time drives him through the centuriesClara and the Coon by MK BoiseClara is born the height of a uarter–an abomination to the village of Fankfret Left to die in a teapot on the outskirts of town she learns that her story is far from over Getting eaten by a raccoon is just the beginningBlood Borne Pathogen by Shoshanah HollJavier is too young to be waiting for death but in the hospital battling late stage AIDs there isn't room for much else in his mind A mysterious woman begins visiting him and they form a strange friendship Aurora only comes to visit after the sun goes down leaving long before dawn On the Day of the Dead they both face the choice between life deathand what comes afterIn Spite of Fire by Tilly BoscottAlice's husband Henry died leaving her to wander the world alone searching for a way to bring him back When she stumbles upon village gossip describing a place where ghosts dwell she sets off to find her lost love Instead of her husband she discovers a ghost with eyes of fire keen on the contents of a ragged tree Alice clambers into an adventure of fear darkness and true loveThe Angel by Troy LambertAbel is a poor urchin trying to survive on the streets with only his wits to protect him and a tiny garden of struggling flowers to bring him pleasure Zach is a young boy struggling in the fight of his life against the blight of cancer who wants to see the flowers of spring one last time It seems inevitable that these young souls will soon leave the earth But what awaits them in the beyond?

10 thoughts on “Happily Ever Afterlife

  1. says:

    I really liked this anthology of retold fairytales even though I'm not that familiar with the paranormalundead stories It was a good first time and I find the idea known fairytales with a twist interesting All eight stories were well written and uniue and they kept me intrigued from start to finish My personal favorite from this anthology was the last one The Angel by Troy Lambert It's a sad beautiful and thought provoking story that I'm really glad to have read One of the stories that I definitely will remember for a long time Other favorites of mine are In the Belly of the Wolf by Amanda Carman The Glass Coffin by Emmalyn Greyson and Hans and the Best Day Ever by GL Jackson Carman's story is an intelligently set up psychological version of the Little Red Riding Hood and had a brilliant ending Greyson's Glass Coffin Snow White retold is both action packed and has truly living even if some of them are undead characters The setting Greyson created would be well suited for stories Jackson's Hans was funny and witty and I liked the report form I would definitely recommend reading this whole anthology

  2. says:

    This anthology was a wonderful surprise for me as the undead aren't always my favorite type of supernatural but I adore retellings of fairy tales The stories combined fairy tales and the supernatural in surprising ways as did the choices of tales to reinvent The first story The Baron and the Firebird is a beautiful look at the Russian tale of the Firebird which weaves together the Firebird and Peter the baron who's garden the enchanted cherry tree was in The twist was that the baron was actually a vampire but that's not a critical part of the story Instead this was a tale about how sometimes the right person can help you discover of what you can do In the Belly of the Wolf is a haunting look at what happened to Red Riding Hood within the wolf's belly I found this story strange and its not easy to describe the plot as its about self discovery and understanding Blood Borne Pathogen was a story that stayed with me due to how it looked at death through the eyes of a vampire and a man dying of AIDs who meet in a hospital room It had a darkness to it and I liked how the two characters' voices were clear and found ways to understand each other in their different sorts of painThe Glass Coffin like The Baron and the Firebird reads like a classic fairy tale this time a retelling of Snow White in a world with werewolves witches and vampires I found this tale rather sweet and surprising as the author was able to make it all charming along with acknowledging the horror of the original tale They also created a beautifully realized world of the supernatural living together and I would love to read set in that world In Spite of Fire was a retelling of the story of the magic tinderbox and one that I had mixed feelings about The writing was wonderful as the main character Alice passed through her own darkness and into stranger places but all of the aspects of Hell were disconcerting to me An interesting read but a different sort of darkness than I prefer in my fairy tales Clara and the Coon on the other hand worked better for me as it read like something that Mark Twain might have written or Charles de Lint Clara's story of life as a small person trying to find where she fits and learning about love and responsibility touched me because it created people that I could have known Yes Clara is tiny and the Coon is dead through most of it but their relationship makes sense and they help each other grow This one felt like it was one story of a greater world Hans and the Best Day Ever had me laughing aloud and is the one alongside The Glass Coffin that I've mentioned the most from this anthology to other people Hans is being escorted by the angel Gabriel back to his mother and Gabriel or Gabe as he calls himself is given orders not to interfere So he doesn't as Hans trades and tries on different sorts of death to find the one that fits him I loved the set up of the story being Gabriel's report to the head angel and the irreverence and humor in this story The Angel was a stark and heartbreaking story that feels like something that Hans Christian Andersen would recognize as inspired by his works The two main voices are two boys Abel a beggar sometime in the 19th century and Zach a modern boy with terminal cancer Through their love of flowers and their deaths they reconnect the plot of this is tricky and not Its about death acceptance and what truly angels are I found the imagery in it striking and it pulled me deep into the storyI would recommend this anthology to anyone who enjoys Charles de Lint Cat Valente and other authors who experiment with fairy tales and the supernatural Some of the stories are gruesome than others but as a person who doesn't go out of my way to read horror none of them bothered me too much I received an e ARC from the publishers

  3. says:

    MY REVIEWSThe Baron and the FirebirdbyJA CampbellThis tale seemed familiar but could only recall small pieces from the original not that it mattered Ms Campbell captured my attention from the beginning taking me on a breathless and thrilling ride until the very end I love vampires even those who sparkle no worries no sparkling here Magical cherries filled with the sweetest juices known to man A bird who when sings rivals the choir of the angels in heavenbut the uniue bird then shifts into a beautiful woman What could you ask for right? Only the story is just getting started Love blossoms but is washed away Decades of regret and loneliness goes by until he hears the most beautiful songone not heard in such a long time The Firebird has been found but has she forgotten? Man I loved this story and I really hate dancing around what happened but if I say anything I’ll give it all away 5 Alien StarsIn the Belly of the WolfbyAmanda CarmanLittle Red Ridding Hood is one of my favorite fairytales So needless to say I couldn’t wait to read this retelling Amanda has taken this story to an entirely new level Dark dank and dreadful is the world she’s created The wolf has eaten girls and their ghosts remain in the belly wandering for eternity The wolf’s latest victim wanders along its stomach though desperate to escape Nightmares haunt her and when she wakes her grandmothers home is in the distance As you read your heart races from the visual scenes created by the author One jolt of excitement to another and then the story is over problem with short storiesthey’re too short 45 Alien StarsBlood Borne PathogenbyShoshanah HollI’d never heard of this story but I loved reading about it The Angel of Death a young man dying from the effects of having AIDS a beautiful woman desperate for redemptiondid I say I loved this story? Okay I was hooked from the start There is a guy dying alone in the hospital A beautiful girl visiting her relative stumbles upon his room and uickly the two grow close I had a feeling about the girl but was too sure As I continued to read it became clear my hunch was right As you read you wonder if she should help the guy? He’s dying so why not? Right? However the uestion of his damnation for her ‘helping’ him worries her Does she help save the only person who has treated kindly or does she allow him to die? Huge 5 Alien StarsThe Glass CoffinbyEmmalyn GreysonSnow White with a twist? Another favorite childhood tale but I loved this one YES Loved This Story More Vampires witches werewolves oh my A young beautiful girl and a handsome young werewolf find themselves on separate sides of a war Beloved stepmother turned wicked witch destroys the two lovebirds happinessforever? I loved the twists and turns and even the devastating journey as one moves on and finds love in another OMG However another twist in the story leaves you jumping for joy Hell Yeah—5 Alien StarsIn Spite of FirebyTilly BoscottI’ve not read or heard of The Magic Tinderbox and found this a bit darker than I’m used to reading Still the writing was top notch and its story intriguing I’d recommend this to those who like their stagegloomy? 45 Alien StarsClara and the CoonbyMK BoiseClara and the Coon made me super sadbut in a good way? I can’t explain myself but I found the story engaging yet disturbing at the same time Boise’s writing ability is solid I could really ‘see’ everything on the page as I read but at times I didn’t want to ‘see’ it LOL Clara is a tiny thing and her struggles in a town full of giant jerks made her friendship with the raccoon understandableto a point Great job Boise 45 Alien StarsHans and the Best Day EverbyGL JacksonHans and the Best Day Ever cracked me up I laughed the entire time and found myself rereading lines The only regret is rushing to read through it and then it was over Great story 5 Alien StarsThe AngelbyTroy LambertThe Angel completely blew me away I read this story out loud to my daughter but often times had to stop due to crying The tears came early in the story Cancer Death Angels Heaven and flowers The Angel is hands down my favorite story and I hate making such a bold statement considering all the amazing authors who’ve written along side Troy I’m not sure if I can explain the reasons I liked this story best If you think about it it kind of is weird or disturbing But the emotions he was able to manifest from me pushed him to the top I love romance but I think mostly because the roller coaster they take you on while reading them Troy did this and then some My eyes are still red and thinking about it brings tears to my eyes If nothing else donate to the Boston’s Children’s Hospital Cooks Children’s Dallas Children’s John Hopkins or any other hospital whose staff dedicates their lives to helping children and families through the most devastating time in their lives 10 Alien Stars

  4. says:

    Satisfying readsThis book is a series of short fairytale retelling and I uite enjoyed it to be honest especially In The Belly of the Wolf That one I won't forget

  5. says:

    Happily Ever Afterlife Anthology After finishing this anthology the one thing that stood out was that each story was its own complete without leading me on to read another book to finish the story – I didn’t feel like it was being used just to introduce the reader to one of their books I still want to go search out the authors from my favourite stories but because I enjoyed their writing style and ability to twist the fairy tale into something different Whoever organised the order of the stories knew exactly what they were doing – after reading “The Angel” I’m never going to forget this anthology It was such an emotional story and did than just pull at the heart strings though that may have to do with the fact that my son is the same age as one of the characters I could list the other stories that I loved but that would be pretty much all of them I received an e copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  6. says:

    I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW This is an anthology of fairy tales with a twistMy favorite story had to be Hans and the Best Day Ever I love a story with a twist and this one had a very funny sweet oneThe Angel made me cry which being in a hospital waiting room was kind of funny I also hadn't heard of a few of the Fairy Tales retold here so I learnt something from this book and will be looking into the Fairy tales soonAll in all a wonderful book that made me laugh cry and fall in love all over againWould totally recommend

  7. says:

    i love traditional fairy tales i read a LOT of paranormal this is a fantastically fun mash up of them both this anthology was a great light read i thoroughly enjoyed these short stories some of them left me wanting ; the short story format limited details and insight that could have easily been given in a longer format that one downside is not the author's fault each author did a lovely job i did enjoy the author notes giving insight into why they chose their story and point of view well done and very worth the money

  8. says:

    I loved this anthology of paranormal retellings of some classic fairytales As a fan of both fairytale and paranormal genres I thought this was a great entertaining read Definitely recommend for fans of the TV shows Once Upon A Time and Grimm

  9. says:

    35 starsDid someone say fairy tales? I do love fairy tales especially when they're updated add in the undead and the fact that one of the authors JA Campbell is a favorite of mine and I was sold on this anthology as soon as I heard about it The stories range from almost joyful to dark and a few where I wondered as I read how a happy ending was going to happen Several of the source fairy tales were new to me or I read once many many years ago I liked seeing some new blood for source material and now I need to go back and re read the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen At the end of each story the author talks about the fairy tale they used and the choices they made while writing their story so if you don't recognize the story don't worry info is comingMy favorite stories were The Baron and The Firebird by JA Campbell Blood Borne Pathogen by Shoshanah Holl and The Glass Coffin by Emmalyn Greyson The Baron and The Firebird was possibly the lightest and sweetest of the stories and firebirds are one of my favorite mythical beings At the end of the story I was still confused as to how Zach knew Peter's secret but the story worked and was a sweet love story Blood Borne Pathogen was also sweet and like Campbell's story the vampires were bored and full of ennui; immortality has its drawbacks BBP was a nice update on the Sleeping Beauty story and made good use of AIDS The Glass Coffin had some twists and turns and was emotional but not sappyIn the Belly of the Wolf and Clara and the Coon were also good but very dark Clara and the Coon was a little dry and dragged a bit it was too long but it had lots of twists and turns and kept me guessing In the Belly of the Wolf has introspection and depth than I expected it was my fault It was because I didn't listen to my mother because I talked to a stranger It was because I strayed from the path A wolf is a wolf they say It's not his fault You should have been careful It's much easier to believe that you deserve a terrible fate than to know that somewhere awful things happen and there is no reason for them Sometimes it just feels good to hate someone else as respite from your own self loathing The Angel by Troy Lambert gah Dying children and cancer two topics I try to avoid normally I only read it in order to read the whole anthology It wasn't a bad story but it pushed way too many buttons for me I won't be re reading itIn Spite of Fire Tilly Boscott was based on a story that I haven't read in decades so I can't say how it was changed but it evokes the power of love uite well if a bit drily I didn't really feel Alice's grief or loveHans and the Best Day Ever by GL Jackson was based on a story that I don't think I ever read but it was cute and was a nice twist on Christian mythologyOverall this was a good anthology with some strong stories and creative story telling

  10. says:

    Short story anthologies are always a bit hit and miss for me; I rarely read them at all unless a favorite author is featured or a short story that relates to a series I love I read this one because my best friend pen name Emmalyn Greyson is in it Short stories in general are prone to either feeling like a great prologue or first chapter to a book I want to read or to feeling too zoomed out from the story in order to cover a larger span of timeThe Baron and the Firebird by J A CampbellI liked this one The flashback was done really well allowing the story to cover a large span of time without feeling horribly zoomed out and the story was clever and very sweetIn the Belly of the Wolf by Amanda CarmanThis was weird and a bit gruesome I didn't particularly like itBlood Borne Pathogen by Shoshonah HollThe vibrancy of the characters was what made this story great for meThe Glass Coffin by Emmalyn GreysonThis story definitely felt a bit zoomed out as it covered a longer range of time something that can frustrate me a little in a short story seeing as I adore the really long detailed books like the thousand page The Way of Kings Still the story was definitely a fun paranormal twist on the original fairy tale that inspired itIn Spite of Fire by Tilly BoscottI really disliked the main character Alice who was overwhelmingly deceitful and self centered The theological worldbuilding wasn't believable to me at all eitherClara and the Coon by M K BoiseI enjoyed the prose but the story itself wasn't particularly enjoyable to me I didn't care for any of the characters and it was pretty darkHans and the Best Day Ever by G L JacksonThe story itself was pretty fun but the writing style got rather in the way of my enjoyment; too casual and vulgarThe Angel by Troy LambertAm I the only one who didn't need a tissue for this story? It was beautiful and touching but nope I didn't cryAll in all if you enjoy the paranormal genre and stories inspired by classic fairy tales why not give this anthology a try?