Grim Blog Tour: Fairy Tales with a Dark and Sinister Twist Giveaway

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…

 by Christine Johnson, Editor of GRIM (Harlequin TEEN, on sale February 25, 2014)

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…

Tuesday, February 18th – Stories 1, 2 and 3 - Two Chicks on Books
Wednesday, February 19th – Stories 4, 5 and 6 - Book and A Latte
Friday, February 21st – Stories 7, 8 and 9 - Fiction Freak

Monday, February 24th – Stories 10, 11 and 12 - Mundie Moms
Wednesday, February 26th –  Stories 13, 14 and 15 - Bumbles and Fairytales
Friday, February 28th –  Stories 16 and 17 - Fiktshun

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62 Responses to Grim Blog Tour: Fairy Tales with a Dark and Sinister Twist Giveaway

  1. My favorite fairy tale is the Twelve Dancing Princesses.

  2. Melody Sonstrom

    I love dark fairy tales..don’t get me wrong, I love Disney’s re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and many others, but they just aren’t to realistic..the tales that tell of the monster within, beneath the skin, those are far more interesting!

  3. Danielle Eberhard

    I’ve always been fond of Little Red Riding hood. Or rather, I’ve loved the various forms it takes. I like stories where the wolf is actually the good guy who is framed. I like the bit more adult themes where Red sleeps with the wolf and gets devoured. I like the one where Red and the wolf end up friends even though it killed her grandma. Etc. I think this story is fun because there’s a lot that can be done with it and I love them all.

  4. Alexa Sucharetza

    I love Aschenputtel (Cinderella)told by Brothers Grimm. Its so different from the happy and light Disney Cinderella.

  5. Heather Kegler

    Pretty much any of the medieval period faerie tales. They’re fascinating to revisit as an adult and ponder them without my childhood naivete and innocence. Some of them, despite how brief they are, can warp me for days thinking about the culture and circumstances they were composed in and WHY they withstood the test of time with their darkness and horror… As a parent I admit I get a sadistic thrill sharing the originals with my kids, although they are all (20, 17 & 7) afraid of the dark now. Probably my fault *grins feindishly*.

  6. I love Beauty and the Beast. I guess I just want to reform the bad boy!

  7. My fave has always been Beauty and the Beast

  8. My favorite retelling of a fairytale would be Beauty and the Beast, I just love that fairytale!!

  9. Beauty & the Beast and Stacey Jay has an awesome retelling, Of Beast and Beauty, that’s my favorite.

  10. like beauty and the beast

  11. Ooh, favorite fairy tale… that’s tough. I really like The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson, because, well, I’ve always loved the Disney version, but I also have a fixation with death and tragedy. Which occurs in Anderson’s version of The Little Mermaid. So yeah, there’s that. I’m also planning on writing my own retellings of Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood, so of course, I love those too. Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, is another great one; very unique. And I do believe I’ve listed too many. Ah, well… what can I say? I love stories.

  12. My favorite story would have to be Jack and the beanstalk definitely the one in Funky tales re-told by Vivan French.
    ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum!
    I Smell The Blood
    Of An Englishman!!!
    Be He Alive Or Be He Dead
    I’ll Grind His Bones
    To Make My BREAD!!!’

  13. THE LUNAR CHRONICLES is my favorite! So innovative!!

  14. I have always connected with Belle making Beauty and the Beast my favorite fairy tale. For retellings I really enjoyed “A Long Long Sleep” by Anna Sheehan and “A Kiss in Time” by Alex Flinn which are retellings of Sleeping Beauty.

  15. My favorite retelling of a fairy tale is Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – it was such a fun, fresh twist on Red Riding Hood!

  16. I absolutely ADORE the retelling of Alice in Wonderland by A.G. Howard in her books Splintered and Unhinged. The characters are to die for – makes me fall in love with the original story even more!

  17. Beauty by Robin McKinley

  18. My favorite fairy tale is Snow White!

  19. Wendy Roberts

    My favorite retelling of fairy tales are the Kingdom series by Marie Hall (def not YA), and The Tales of The Five Hundred Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey.

  20. Brigitte V.

    My favorite fairy tale is Rapunzel, and my favorite retelling is Cruel Beauty.

  21. My favorite tale has always been between Beauty & the Beast and Rapunzel but I am a HUGE fan of darker tales. I loved Fairest of them All where Rapunzel ended up being Snow Whites evil step mother.
    If you move to Disney I LOVED Little Mermaid… I have a mermaid thing but once again I love when someone makes them not the beautiful innocent people that Disney makes them out to be <3

    Thank you for the chance to win Grimm!!! I am seriously excited about it and it wonderful cover!!

  22. My favorite is Little Red Riding Hood.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Candelaria

    My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella because I fell in love with the idea that a person could go against the odds and come out on top, at least that’s what I got from the story. My favorite retelling of this story is Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

  24. Rebeckah S.

    Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s as well as a few authors who have retold it. I guess I just really like the tale.

  25. Christina R.

    My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella, although I LOVE Sleeping Beauty as well. Love how they have happy endings, but also hardship and the girls have to grow and be brave to survive.

    My favorite retelling is Cinder by Marissa Meyer, because it is so imaginative and Cinder is so brave and I LOVE that she’s a mechanic and not at all girly :) Beastly by Flinn is also such a good retelling, very different retelling :)

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway!! All my favorite authors took part, and I can’t wait to see their retellings :)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  26. Beastly by Alex Flinn

  27. I love The Lunar Chronicles. Sci-fi + Re-tellings is just so WIN!

  28. I’m torn between a lot of fairy tales, but I like Beauty and the Beast(Disney)and I’m sure once I read Cruel Beauty that will make it my favorite retelling story.

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  30. While I love all retellings of fairy tales, especially when they’re dark and twisted, I’ve always adored Little Red Riding Hood for some reason. I don’t know why but yeah – and I just read Rosamund Hodge’s retelling of Beauty and the Beast & I HAVE NO WORDS LEFT!!!! <3 It was something else :D :D EVERYONE SHOULD READ THAT!!!

  31. The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer is my favourite retelling of a fairy tale.

  32. The Lunar Chronicles is my favorite fairytale retelling :3

  33. Giaochau N.

    I love the Lunar Chronicles!!! I can’t wait for the Snow White retelling in the series.

  34. Cassie Hileman

    I like East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters is good, too.

  35. I love fairytales and fairytale retellings, so it’s tough to pick a favourite, but the one I seem to like most at the moment is Gena Showalter’s Alice in Zombieland.

  36. My favorite is Rapunzel

  37. My favorite is Beauty and the Beast.

  38. LadyVampire

    My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. And I really enjoyed Robin McKinley’s retelling of this story in her novel “Rose Daughter”.

  39. my favorite re-telling is: “beauty” by robin mckinley

  40. My favorite fairytale has to be Beauty and the Beast. Yes, Disney completely glossed over the fact that it’s essentially Stockholm Syndrome, but I always found the original story fascinating and terrifying (imagine your siblings leaving you with a monster). I wrote a paper on fairytales last year, and I absolutely love the dark twisted ones. However, I also like light versions of them like The Faerie Tale Collection by Jenni James

  41. Hillary R.

    My favorite retelling would be Tangled the movie. Does that count? I think it’s slightly different from the Rapunzel I grew up with and I just think it’s full of adorableness :)

  42. My favorite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast! The Disney version is wonderful, and I also like the retelling done by Robin McKinley.

  43. Sissy Mack

    I always found “The Fisherman and His Wife” to be cautionary. As a child, I was careful not to ask for more than I thought was reasonably deserved because I feared everything I loved would disappear if I was selfish. This attitude has influenced my personality in some positive, but mostly negative, ways…I NEVER dare to dream to big.

  44. My favorite tales are Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen, as well as The Twelve Dancing Princesses! My favorite retelling is Juliet Marillier’s Heart’s Blood, which is Beauty and the Beast!

  45. I really love the Beauty and the Beast narrative. Most of Robin McKinley’s books, not just Beauty and Rose Daughter, have some form of this story. I think my favorite is The Blue Sword. Or maybe Sunshine. Or maybe…everything!

  46. I still remember the old record my Mother had from her childhood. It was a recording of The Girl with the Red Shoes. Hearing the story read aloud with the voice of a girl crying out in fear and truly unable to stop dancing or take off the shoes… it was awful in that horrifying fairy tale way. I’ve never forgotten it though it’s been over 30 years since I last heard the recording. For me that will always be far creepier and scarier than any horror I have ever seen on TV or read in a book.

  47. Stephanie @ A Dream Within A Dream

    My favorite fairy tale has always been Beauty and the Beast! I can’t wait to read this – it sounds like something I’m going to love!!

  48. Of Beast and Beauty, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast :D

  49. alicia marie

    My favorite fairy tale is probably Rapunzel, and my favorite retelling is either the Lunar Chronicles or any of Jackson Pearce’s retellings :)

  50. Sweetly which is a retelling

  51. I like the original The Little Mermaid. She actually gets her tongue cut out! It’s so creepy and different from the Disney movie! :D

  52. Cinderella retellings usually catch my attention.

  53. What a fantastic book! My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella. I really enjoy the different versions of this fairy tale.

  54. Becky M. Burt

    Merlin, a bewitched knight in shining armor, embarks on a journey to rescue a beguiled, damsel in distress in a nightmare of cold, damp castles with dreary, dark dungeons and fire breathing dragons sleepless in my dream catcher of favorite fairy tales!

  55. I have always been a big Beauty & the Beast fan! I also have always enjoyed many of the Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland ( Zombieland) and Rapunzel retellings.

  56. I still love a Cinderella story. I can take care of myself, but having a strong man around never hurt.

  57. Roxanne Davis

    Rapunzel has always been a favorite of mine.

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  59. I think my favorite would be Hansel and Gretel.

  60. Jasmine Baggenstos

    I’m kind of partial to Hansel and Gretel. No matter what version you read, it’s still a fairly disturbing story.

  61. I loved Hansel and Gretel as well. Talk about creepy!

  62. Hi all, apologies for the delay in announcing the giveaway winner! The winner of GRIM, by random draw, is…. Hillary R.! Congrats Hillary, please check your email for a message from me :)
    ~Amy from Harlequin

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