Zombie Fairy Tales: The Complete Collection 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.84 pounds
- Paperback : 580 pages
- ISBN-10 : 149429804X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1494298043
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.45 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st Edition (December 13, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,204,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zombie Fairy Tales does have its gore and is certainly not for the faint-of-heart. There is a lot here to make you shiver with disgust and repugnance (think reanimated babies). Despite the physical horror Richey invokes, I found the emotional ride equally, if not more, monstrous. Simply put, a large amount of the general public are just plain loathsome. Every man for himself must have been the mantra of this fantasy world. I often found myself rooting for the zombies. And these zombies are not mindless drifters; they remember who was naughty. I suppose the moral of the story is to treat everyone with dignity and respect else they turn into a zombie and exact revenge.
Each chapter of the book can be read independently as its own story. However, each story gives a subtle nod to the previous one and they all ultimately tie together. I really enjoyed encountering characters from previous stories/chapters in other stories/chapters. For example, Hansel and Gretel are skulking around while the Little Match Girl is struggling to survive her story. It was like a gory game of seek and find.
I never thought I'd be showering praise on a zombie book. And it is absolutely not for everyone. But it had this non-zombie lover recapping every chapter to a very patient fiancé just to share the insanity of it all with someone. He was just as surprised by my enthusiasm as I was. Bottom line: if you enjoy reimagined fairy tales, zombies, a combination thereof, or none of the above, you should give Zombie Fairytales a try. At the very least, you'll learn how twisted some authors can be.
Like Geppetto in his story, Richey stitches classic Fairy Tales together from macabre pieces to form an overall dark and gruesome masterpiece. Only 2 pages into the first story I became an instant fan. His prose is deft and his imagery coats your brain. At a time were zombie mania has saturated the market, like vampires vs. werewolves, Richey manages to deliver something unique and it does not disappoint.
Kevin Richey has earned my admiration and respect, so in true zombie fashion: HEADS OFF TO YOU Mr. Richey!
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Individual Story Reviews
The Zombie Pinocchio
This story is both oddly touching and very creepy, combining Frankenstein, a zombie plague and elements of the original Pinocchio story. It's so well written that you really feel sorry for Gepetto, even while disliking his actions and their results.
Hansel and Gretel Are Dead
This story starts with the execution of Gepetto (from the previous story), and then proceeds into a seemingly ordinary Hansel and Gretel... Until it's not! I liked how much the original story elements had been preserved in this one, and how strong a bond we see between the siblings. The end's gross though!
Blood Red Riding Hood
This is definitely the bloodiest story so far, and with elements of the original, though more loosely than others. I did like the ending though.
Beauty Is a Beast
This is a very good twist on the story, and very romantic too (in a bloody, zombie way!). An enjoyable short story.
This first half of the Cinderella story is very similar to the original, albeit with Cinderella being unwell after encountering a zombie! I found the extent of the evilness of the stepmother and stepsisters quite shocking and sad, and loved the revenge of Cinderella on the stepmother for this reason. I'm looking forward to part two to see what she does to the sisters!
Zombie Cinderella II: The Ball
This second part of the story deals with the ball, and there are also appearances from Pinocchio, Hansel and Gretel and the other children (during which we learn it was the stepsisters who were in the siblings way at the hanging of Gepetto). Whilst extremely grizzly, I do like this story, as it's a real good-triumphing-over-evil story... I think?
Revenge of the Little Match Girl
This story is both heartbreakingly sad, and then sweet and victorious in revenge. Loved it.
The Curse of Peter Pan
It was good to finally read about the mysterious Peter Pan figure that's appeared in a couple of the other stories. But I felt very sorry for poor Wendy - too young to be a grown up, and too old to be accepted as a child.
The Little Mermaid of Death
This is a very twisted version of the Little Mermaid story, and I loved it!
The Headless Horseman
This Sleepy Hollow retelling is very good, and full of death, destruction, and action!
This Snow White version is incredibly yucky. Loved it!
Sleeping Beauty Wakes in Hell
This is the final story set in the world we've known throughout the series so far, and it's certainly the biggest finale - we meet just about every character, there's fighting, zombie feasting, a battle to save the princess from the evil queen... Awesome!
The Screams of Pocahontas
This final story in the box set is both funny and sad, serious and scary. It starts almost like a normal Pocahontas story, though with a comedy twist, but then takes a sinister turn with the arrival of John Smith, alone on a ghost ship where he's locked in manacles below decks... It's definitely my favourite of the whole box set, and finishes it in style.
The great thing about the complete collection is that each story is great on it's own but there is an over-arching story and progression which links them all together. Characters turn up, get killed or are referenced in other stories which is nice and there is a clear beginning of the virus with Pinocchio and ending with Pocahontas which is great to read. The stories are given a really nice spin to them (it isn't just a straight re-telling with some zombies added in) - what Richey does to 'The Little Mermaid' in particular is great. The level of writing is superb and really gory in places with some really creepy horror suspense added in the descriptions.
I think my only negative is that I read the book a little too fast in one go - it really is a book you can enjoy by dipping in and out of chapters a lot better than trying to read it all on a plane.
Really recommended - a great find!
I have loved Zombie Fairy Tales by Kevin Richey since I read Zombie Cinderella almost 2 years ago. And since then the 13th of every month was my favourite date as it meant a new fairy tale was twisted. When all 12 stories where told I was left not only wanting more but a paperback copy I could hold in my hands (and love and cuddle forever!)
Well in the style of Fairy Tales Kevin Richey made my dream come true, not only was the book finally put into print but there was a 13th tale exclusively to the complete collection!
In this book all of the iconic Fairy Tale characters we know and love from our childhood are here. But they have been twisted and darkened and then twisted again. Belle is prepared to be Beast Dinner guest, only she is the dinner, Snow White finds more than little animal friends in the forest and Peter Pan's lost boys are more stolen from their beds than lost!
This book is full of black humour and gore, it will make you grin, then cringe and then start giggling! Each story sits perfectly with the last making this a complete world that is slowly being taken over by the zombie plague. I really enjoyed this element of the book that each story worked together, only here would Hansel and Gretel meet the ugly stepsisters at a hanging. Or Sleeping Beauty be at the mercy of Snow Whites Evil Queen.
If you're a big fan of Fairy Tales you will enjoy spotting little references to less well known charters that pop up, for example the boy who cried wolf may well have wished that he never went on a play date with Pinocchio!
If you're a fan of Fairy Tales you'll love this, if you're a fan of horror/zombies you'll love this. If you like both you're going to have this massive book (that you could probably bash a zombies brains in with) glued to your hands as you devour your new favourite book.
If you're even thinking of buying this book you need to stop thinking about it and do it. You won't be disappointed. I really mean it when I say each and every story was brilliant, wonderfully imaged and a delight to read.
Truly one of my favourite books of all time.
Take the Pied Piper, after he becomes a zombie, he loses a hand and decides what better to replace his hand, than a hook. Then he goes on to have a fight with Peter Pan and Wendy.
Pinocchio is a zombie but made from the parts of other zombie children.
The little matchstick girls is an undead pyramaniac.
Prince Eric's sister is Ursula and his aunt appears to be Elisabeth Báthory.
And there's loads more. It's fantastic and I highly recommend it and I hadn't even finished it yet. It's that good
I look forward to reading ore from this author.