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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; No Edition Stated edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061852718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061852718
  • ASIN: 0061852716
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simple but lyrical language, resourceful female protagonists, and a mixed bag of supernatural delights should hold an allure for fans and newcomers alike. (Publishers Weekly)

From the Back Cover

Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments, dark and light, by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from under the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.

From the gentle tones of a story-teller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with . . . or to fear.

Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.


More About the Author

Hmm, I'm never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises--graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.

Customer Reviews

Love this book, have read it over and over again.
kymber-Nichole
The beauty in Faery Tales and Nightmares is the variety Marr offers with her short stories.
Suz of A Soul Unsung
This was a great story and fun to read about Wicked Lovely characters.
A. Copulos

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Faery Tales and Nightmares is an anthology of short stories that will transport readers into a fantastic mystical world filled with intrigue, gothic magical realms, and dark forbidden fantasy. All of these short stories are cleverly written, filled with twists and turns, and wonderful character development. Marr possesses this amazing ability to draw readers in and keep them entranced, her writing is clear and concise, and her world building skills are phenomenal. Most of her character's, whether old or new, are full of so much grit, strength, determination, and spirit that it's hard not to like even the most unlikable ones. The otherworlds she's able to transport readers to, are unlike any other that I've personally read before. They are beautifully dark, deeply rich with lush overwrought emotion, and are as dangerous as they are seductive.

The beauty in Faery Tales and Nightmares is the variety Marr offers with her short stories. Some of them are set in her Wicked Lovely series, allowing readers to re-visit beloved characters and other's are new and introduce different characters with interesting stories of their own to tell. All of the stories possess vivid descriptions that are wickedly dark and alluring, intensely grotesque in a sense, or bittersweet and charming. There's a lot brought to the table with these original shorts that will resonate with readers on a deeper level. Marr has this fantastic way of giving a fresh and exciting spin on the myth's that few of her short works are based in. There's a wonderful sense of balance between all of the short stories, which there are twelve all together, included in this collection of stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KristiS on May 5, 2012
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THE FAERYS VIEW

Melissa Marr is one of my favorite authors, of course me loving all things Fae has nothing to do with it but The Wicked Lovely Series will forever be one of my favorite series so I had to give Faery Tales and Nightmares a try even though short story compilations aren't really my thing. In Ms. Marr's case, she made reading short stories so pleasurable that I'm hoping against hope that she'll do it again!

Faery Tales and Nightmares is compiled of twelve short stories, most of them revolving around characters in Ms. Marr's most wickedly awesome Wicked Lovely series but not all of them. There are some fabulous stories that delivered deliciously dark and decadent reading-in true Melissa Marr style. Ms. Marr's creative imagination knows no bounds and I'm forever in awe of her ability to draw me into a story to the point where I'm right there with the characters-in living color! Very few authors are as accomplished as Ms. Marr: her characters are well fleshed out, beautifully portrayed and step off the page realistic. Every story is vivid with exquisite detail and carried me along on a tide of pure happiness from start to finish. Every ending was absolutely perfect for each story which left me with an extremely satisfied feeling!

My favorite non-Wicked Lovely Stories:

Transition: a vampiric pleasure that I truly loved! A young girl get's the last laugh in this creepy yet clever tale.

Love Struck: This was fantastic! A tale about two Selchie [Selkie] brothers and an unwitting girl on a beach. It had a great story based on Selchie lore and a beautiful love story but... what love story ever goes off without a BIG hitch? Especially when someone's underlying feelings are anything but honorable?
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Format: Kindle Edition
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Quick & Dirty: An intriguing collection of short stories. Just enough to make you need to read her other books.

Opening Sentence: The green glow of eyes and sulfurous breath shimmer in the fog as the Nightmares come into range. **From: Where Nightmares Walk**

The Review:

This book is a collection of twelve short stories, all written by Melissa Marr, six of which follow the characters from her Wicked Lovely series. The other six are unrelated stories, apparently based on a variety of inspirations, according to her introduction.

In the story Old Habits, we first meet, at least in this publication, her characters from the Wicked Lovely series. Niall and Irial are the past, current and future faery Dark King (there is a transitional phase in the beginning). We witness, in this story, what all comes with being the newly appointed Dark King, and what lengths some of his subjects would go to protect him, and keep him happy. When challenged by the faery High Court, everyone, including the new Dark King, must join in the fray. Ms. Marr almost makes this fight sound like a good time.

The story Stopping Time features Niall, Irial and their mortal love, Leslie. Leslie once resided in the faery Dark Court and discovered she was better off living in the mortal world. What she has, though, is trouble living without the two main faeries in her life. It is a most unusual love triangle, for all three of them are in love with each other. In this story, Leslie comes under attack by her very own brother, who kidnaps her in an attempt to draw out Niall or Irial, his true objective being the capture of a "freak." Niall, Irial and others must then come together to save her from him.
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