Flamethrower Fairy Tales

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Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
These forty modern fairy tales for grownups explore issues of truth, power, and love in a proudly vulgar, unpretentious display of wild sex, gore, and dark humor. Although filled with zombies, excrement, and, yes, flamethrowers, the collection reflects the author's familiarity with the fairy tale genre and his desire to push it in new directions.
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Words: 40,400
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476012636
About Robert Seidel Costic

Robert S. Costic is a writer living in Washington, DC. He has written a collection of fairy tales, "Flamethrower Fairy Tales," of which two have appeared in the literary journals ImageOutWrite ("Lydia of the Bears") and Off the Rocks ("Ascension"). His other ebooks include translations of fairy tales by Theodor Storm and Friedrich Hebbel, a novella, "Kepler's Revenge," a polemic on politics and music, "Sound's Weight," and a collection of aphorisms, "Lightning Words."

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Review by: The Merchant of Venice on April 01, 2015 :
If you are looking for short stories with a pitch-dark humor, you are in for a treat with Mr. Costic’s Fairy Tales!

I admit I am unfamiliar with this genre but these stories have the peculiar ability to induce broad range of emotions on the readers.

Violent dialogues are my favorite. In a few words, the characters ferociously “jump off” the page.

I was also fascinated by the element of surprise: some of the stories conclude with macabre or unexpected twists.

The Flamethrower Fairy Tales are to prescribed for the open minded, hard-stomached and sarcastic reader.
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Review by: blobmonster on Feb. 18, 2014 :
Wow. Really enjoyed this collection of fairy tales gone wild.

I only made it as far as the second story before my mind began to melt. In this story a little girl takes magic mushrooms until a flower queen flies away with her. What the hell? Was this some sort of allegory? Was the point simply to defy narrative expectations? I didn't quite get it, but I definitely liked it.

My favourite story was probably Marcy the Zombie Killer. It's one of several stories that does feature an actual flamethrower. It reminded me a bit of a Johnny Ryan cartoon.

The themes shift slightly as you read through the book. The filthiest stories are grouped towards the middle. In the final third there are strong queer themes. There's a lot of great ideas here. I highly recommend it.

It's probably unfair to criticise such a fun collection but I do feel as though the standard of the stories is a little uneven. Some could probably do with a bit of work so they can sit more comfortably alongside the others.

I give this a healthy five stars!!!
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Review by: Andrew Helegda on Sep. 26, 2012 :
Tales of horror, terror, and farce. This collection is drenched in humor on the surface, with an under-layer of meaning and wisdom.
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Review by: Andrew Helegda on Sep. 26, 2012 :
Tales of horror, terror, and farce... This collection is drenched in humor on the surface, yet posses an under-layer of meaning and wisdom.
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