Fairytales don’t always happen once upon a time. Fables don’t always have a happy ending. Sometimes the stories we love are too dark for nightmares. What if waking Sleeping Beauty was the worse thing the Prince could have done? What if Rapunzel wasn't in that tower for her own protection—but for everyone else’s?
Assembled by The Bearded Scribe Press, Twice Upon A Time combines classics and modern lore in peculiar and spectacular ways. From Rapunzel to Rumpelstiltskin, this unique collection showcases childhood favorites unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Both traditionally-published and independent authors will take you on a whirlwind ride through fairytale and folklore, myth and majick. Cherished stories are revisited and remastered into newly-treasured tales of hope and heartache, of adversity and adventure.
Featuring stories from Bo Balder, AJ Bauers, Carina Bissett, Rose Blackthorn, S.M. Blooding, Rick Chiantaretto, Richard Chizmar, Liz DeJesus, Court Ellyn, S.Q. Eries, Steven Anthony George, Dale W. Glaser, Jax Goss, K.R. Green, Kelly Hale, Tonia Marie Harris, Brian T. Hodges, Tarran Jones, Jason Kimble, Shari L. Klase, Alethea Kontis, Hannah Lesniak, Wayne Ligon, RS McCoy, Joshua Allen Mercier, Robert D. Moores, Diana Murdock, Nick Nafpliotis, Elizabeth J. Norton, Bobbie Palmer, William Petersen, Rebekah Phillips, Asa Powers, Joe Powers, Brian Rathbone, Julianne Snow, Tracy Arthur Soldan, C.L. Stegall, Brian W. Taylor, Kenechi Udogu, Onser von Fullon, Deborah Walker, Angela Wallace, and Cynthia Ward.
Edited by Joshua Allen Mercier. Cover artwork by Luke Spooner.
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I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Twice upon a Time is a large collection of stories that have some basis in fairytales of ole. You have Cinderella type story, Rapunzel, and many more. By large I mean this thing weighs in at 728 pages, making a large anthology that can be broken down into segments, at least that is what I did so I could finish the whole thing.
Since there are so many stories I am not going to pick and choose which ones I liked or which ones I didn’t. Because honestly there all were good in their own way, some of them had me guessing who the story was about, and others almost came out and said what they were based off of. The ones that I had to guess, I would read the story and then try to figure out who it was about. Most of the time I think I got it right but who knows :).
The Editor did a good job at only having stories that fit into this genre and voice, but I would have liked it if there were more than one, like Twice upon a time 1 and twice upon a time 2. Just because it was 728 pages and what that did was make it so the little bar never moved on the kindle and made me feel like I was falling into a type of groundhog day when I read and read and read, and enjoy, but I never see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Overall I think that it is a strong collection, and these authors are all talented in their telling of classic stories. I thoroughly enjoyed these stories and I am glad that the editor reached out to us for a review. Even if you read it in pieces, try this out, it is worth it.