2015 Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award Winner
In the fairy tale realm of Arilland, stories are told at children's bedsides--and not the stories you think you know.Tales of Arilland is a collection of fairy tales, presented in the magical topsy-turvy way that only Alethea Kontis can do. Discover the story of Bluebeard's first wife ("Blood From Stone"), what really happened to Snow White in those dark woods ("The Unicorn Hunter"), how dangerous the Little Mermaid might have been ("Blood and Water"), and just how far Little Red Riding Hood was willing to go ("Hero Worship").
Included in this collection is "Sunday," the original novelette that inspired the award-winning novel Enchanted, as well as "The Cursed Prince," the previously untold history of Prince Rumbold of Arilland...and more.Woodcutter enthusiasts will rejoice at this opportunity to delve into the secret worlds beyond Kontis's intricately woven fantasy novels. If you are not a fan yet, you will be!
"A veritable badass fairy princess." --Jim Butcher
"Alethea Kontis IS fairy tales." --Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer
"Alethea Kontis: Awesome, racks up award nominations, wears tiaras." --SF author Ferrett Steinmetz
"I want to live in [Alethea's] head because I think that might be the most interesting place in the world!!!!" --Ellen Oh, author of Prophecy
"Alethea Kontis, the woman who writes like Shakespeare would if he were alive today." --Aaron Pound
"The beauty of a princess, the confidence of a queen, the brilliance of awriter, and the demeanor of a cheerful fairy comedian!" --Cheyenne Z.
"This was the story before all of the other stories, and it was the othertales that were changed over time." --Nerdophiles, on Enchanted
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For John Skipp, who invited me into an anthology called Demons and inadvertently gave me the rug that pulled "The Unicorn Hunter" together.
For D.F. Warrick and Kyle S. Johnson, who invited me to write a story based on a Nick Cave song...and to my sister, Soteria, for choosing the perfect song for me.
For Brandi Hamrick, who flipped through the tiny notebook I keep in my car and asked, "What's a 'Vampire Mermaid'?"
For Jason Sizemore and Lynne M. Thomas at Apex, who were not afraid to publish a Romantic Young Adult Serial Killer Fairy Tale Retelling in a world when everyone else was.
For Eric James Stone--again and always--for unwittingly challenging me to include every single nursery rhyme and fairy tale I knew into a story, thus creating a Whole New World my brain would be happy living in forever.
And for Margo Mann Appenzeller, Casey Cothran, and Chris McCormick--because the geography of my world all started with the map we drew in high school. Arilland literally would not exist without all of us.
My hope is that Aria and Llandyr may yet still exist someday beyond these pages.
Alethea Kontis is a princess, fairy godmother and geek. She is the author of the bestselling and award-winning Books of Arilland fairy tale series. She has also dabbled in picture books, poetry, essays, online video rants and making horror movies. Princess Alethea lives on the Space Coast of Florida with her teddy bear, Charlie.
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