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Grimmer Tales: A Wicked Collection of Happily Never After Stories Hardcover – December 9, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (December 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452296022
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.4 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautiful drawings for beautiful children and ugly twists of irony for ugly children. It has something for everyone!"
--Graham Roumieu, author of Bigfoot: I Not Dead and 101 Ways to Kill Your Boss

"Hilarious! Erik Bergstrom finally adds what these classic stories were missing: death, dismemberment and lambs with guns!"
--Timmy Williams, IFC's The Whitest Kids U Know

"Grimmer Tales is a hilariously original concept with charming writing and illustrations that will keep you chuckling throughout!"
--Ralph Tedesco, writer/creator of the graphic novel series Grimm Fairy Tales

"Delightful nuggets of homicidal whimsy. Perfect toilet read."
--Adam Wasson, author of The Self Destruction Handbook and Eats, Poops and Leaves

"Erik Bergstrom has created a joyfully morbid masterpiece! A real treat for souls who like some sinister in their saccharine. Graced with such twisted insight and a unique drawing style, Bergstrom's is a voice I am sure we will get to hear a lot more from in the future."
--Aurelio Voltaire, musician, author, creator of Deady the Bear.



Review

"Beautiful drawings for beautiful children and ugly twists of irony for ugly children. It has something for everyone!"
--Graham Roumieu, author of Bigfoot: I Not Dead and 101 Ways to Kill Your Boss

"Hilarious! Erik Bergstrom finally adds what these classic stories were missing: death, dismemberment and lambs with guns!"
--Timmy Williams, IFC's The Whitest Kids U Know

"Grimmer Tales is a hilariously original concept with charming writing and illustrations that will keep you chuckling throughout!"
--Ralph Tedesco, writer/creator of the graphic novel series Grimm Fairy Tales

"Delightful nuggets of homicidal whimsy. Perfect toilet read."
--Adam Wasson, author of The Self Destruction Handbook and Eats, Poops and Leaves

"Erik Bergstrom has created a joyfully morbid masterpiece! A real treat for souls who like some sinister in their saccharine. Graced with such twisted insight and a unique drawing style, Bergstrom's is a voice I am sure we will get to hear a lot more from in the future."
--Aurelio Voltaire, musician, author, creator of Deady the Bear.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I highly recommend this book to fans of the Perry Bible Fellowship . . . I highly recommend this book everybody!
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At once both whimsical and fantastically grotesque, Grimmer Tales is an imaginative and beautifully rendered masterpiece of dark humor.
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Grimmer Tales is a unique novel which takes all your favorite fairy tales and gives them a much needed and hilarious face lift.
Kate B.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Throwing off the chains of political correctness, artist Eric Bergstrom has embraced the grim in fairy tales. While recent years have seen the softening of the often brutal, frightening and politically motivated tales of yore, Bergstrom has been quietly rebelling, reinterpreting and illustrating those familiar stories, returning them to their original intention. Childhood nostalgia aside, the original fairy tales were cautionary, meant to instill a healthy fear or political awareness rather than to aid a child in drifting off to slumber. So, page by page, the author peels away years of niceties, whether in "Three Blind Mice", "Rapunzel" or "Little Boy Blue."

Not for the faint of heart- or impressionable children- adults will appreciate the macabre twist as Rapunzel's hair leads to her demise rather than her rescue and the frog that turns into a prince unfortunately retains some of his more earthy attributes. Pinocchio does some fatal damage as lies tumble from his lips, Goldilocks gets quite a surprise and Sleeping Beauty suffers from serious malnourishment.

Quirky, kinky, irreverent and frequently brilliant, Bergstrom has compiled a refreshing chamber of horrors for those brave enough to peruse and frustrated with the watering down of ageless stories that once induced nightmares and now provide insipid little lessons far removed from their ancestors. With vivid drawings and acerbic wit, the author has created a book of fairy tales reconstructed for grownups- and anyone else who craves a bone-chilling dose of fright. While Hansel and Gretel eat themselves into a sugar coma, the wild characters of Bergstrom's imagination run rampant through the pages of this book. Luan Gaines/2009.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on January 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I opened Grimmer Tales randomly at first and happened upon the two-page story Pinocchio's Dentist. Pinocchio tells his dentist, "I floss my teeth every day." The next panel shows the good doctor impaled through the eye by the liar's nose. I laughed out loud.

If you don't share that kind of sense of humor, then Grimmer Tales is perhaps not for you. Featuring sometimes all-too-literal interpretations of classic fairy tales (the cow jumping over the moon and dying from the extreme cold and lack of oxygen is another favorite), the book is hilariously grim and vicious.

Erik Bergstrom apparently wants to take us back to the days when fairy tales were dark and foreboding and warned us against trusting others (he says as much in his foreword). He's got a warped sense of humor, too, and that drives the wickedly funny point home throughout the book, which begins with a particularly graphic variation on Little Boy Blue.

It turns out Pinocchio's nose growing to become a death-wielding sword is a repeated theme in Grimmer Tales. It's (arguably) a gag that doesn't get old, especially because Pinocchio is depicted clearly as a knotty wooden puppet--no cleaned-up boy made flesh here.

Other personal favorites in the book: Grumpy's new gig as a Brazilian cage fighter, Cinderella's twig- and nest-like dress made by birds, and the side-by-side comparison of the Tortoise and the Hare in surgery. The book is absurd, but really, no more so than the stories it is based on. And it's definitely funnier than the cleaned-up versions floating around storybooks today.

-- John Hogan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RG on December 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If the Shrek films attempted to update a generation on the fairy tales and nursery rhymes we grew up with, then Bergstrom's book calls it's bluff. Grimmer Tales is a collection of all our childhood favorites, but with hilariously morbid twists. What if we caught The Gingerbread Man (and showed him what a condescending jerk he is)? What if Rapunzel let down her hair (but neglected simple biology)? What if Pinocchio is just being polite with his lies (which are still dangerous for his loved ones)?

Grimmer Tales is a funny and original spin on the stories we only thought we knew.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Fossella on March 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ever wish all those cutesy fairy tales you know ended with people dying in creatively gruesome ways? So does Erik Bergstrom. This book makes me laugh out loud every time i read it. It's not only shocking (in the best way) it's well-written and hilarous. The art is amazing, with incredible detail, color and style that i've never seen before. Also, strung throughout the meant-to-be-gross vignettes, are running gags like "great aquatic romances" and recurring misfortune for a few of our favorite characters.

Erik Bergstrom has genuine talent. He also has a fixation with people vomiting their own skeletons... I'm ok with that :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate B. VINE VOICE on March 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Grimmer Tales is a unique novel which takes all your favorite fairy tales and gives them a much needed and hilarious face lift.

Bergstrom has an incredible gift with taking your favorite tales from yesteryear and giving them a twist. I knew as soon as I began to flip through these pages that Grimmer Tales would become a favorite of mine.

While there is not too much plot for each of the tales, most being about 2 to 3 pages long, it is his drawings and creativity that will completely capture your attention. Grimmer Tales is an extremely quick read due to the shortness of each tale; however, these are not tales that you will gloss over and quickly forget. They are morbidly hilarious tales that will stick with you long after you have completed the novel.

Due to some graphic content, this novel is not recommended for children and possibly even younger teens. However, for older teens and adults, I definitely recommend checking this novel out. It will change the way that you look at fairy tales... in a good way.
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