Today we’re kicking off the blog tour for GRIM, an anthology of short stories inspired by classic fairy tales but with a dark and sinister twist from some of the best voices in YA literature today, including Julie Kagawa, Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking and more. Author Christine Johnson, editor of GRIM, shares what inspired this collection, and keep reading to find out how you can win a copy…
Authors and editors often say that an idea has been a long time in the making, and GRIM, THE ANTHOLOGY definitely falls into this category. It started when I was eight, and a wildly precocious reader.
My well-meaning great-grandmother gave me an antique copy of Andrew Lang’s The Green Fairy Book, published around the turn of the last century. Fairy tales, everyone thought, how perfect! How quaint!
The problem was that as a more-than-capable reader, I not only tore through the original Andrew Lang stories, but progressed on to Charles Perrault and then later the Brothers Grimm. And these stories, my friends, were not the same as the innocent Laura Ingalls Wilder and Anne of Green Gables books I’d been consuming.
These fairy tales were dark. Disturbing. Even macabre. They introduced me to the idea that the fairy tales I knew—the ones that the Disney movies showed me, and that were adapted in the books that filled my shelves at home—weren’t the real deal. Fairy tales in their original form were scary, and that shocked me.
After I was lucky enough to enter the realm of the publishing world and meet so many amazing authors, an idea began to take shape. What if they could retell those same stories that had so shocked me as a child? What if the fairy tales that had been so sanitized over the years could be reintroduced by these authors I loved, in something much, much closer to their original (and terrifying) form? And so GRIM, THE ANTHOLOGY was born, and I am so, so excited to share it with our readers.
- Editor of GRIM, Christine Johnson
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GIVEAWAY: What your favorite fairy tale — or retelling of a fairy tale? Tell us in a comment to enter to win a copy of Grim!
Giveaway closes Feb. 25 at 11:59pm. One winners will be randomly drawn from the eligible comments and announced on Feb. 26. Open to US/Canada residents. For full contest rules, click here.
Edit: The contest is now closed. Please check the comments for the winner announcement.
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Follow the rest of the Grim blog tour to learn more about the stories and journey through through some dark and edgy fairy tales…