Disquieted Dreams Press
on Sep. 3, 2011 :
The first story in the collection "The Zombie King " blew my mind and put in me in the mood for some good old fashioned mashups-I read it eagerly and flipped to the next page ready for more. Unfortunately from there the stories became a little too modernized and a few of them felt forced. I recommend purchasing the book because it is definitely worth a read but I wish I could say all of the stories held the same natural flow as the first.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)
on July 11, 2011 :
I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of the idea of a mash-up, and I’d be lucky to rate a mash-up a two or three on that basis alone. I like my Austen pristine and unfouled by the undead. Shakespeare and Dickens had ghosts and don’t need zombies. The classics should remain classic. On the other hand I love the idea of fairy tales being presented with a much darker twist, especially after reading the more grim original versions of the Grimm Brothers and Tanith Lee’s gothic spin on things in her “Red as Blood” collection, many years ago. Besides, it’s not like they haven’t been warped in many other ways I’ve found much more difficult to stomach. I mean how many different versions of Cinderella, modern or medieval, are there out there exactly – everything from Ella Enchanted to Cinderelmo. It really can’t hurt to let horror enthusiasts have their go at it too (although I suppose you could say the same thing about “A Christmas Carol” – I don’t think there’s a bad sit-com out there that hasn’t mucked around with that plotline for their Christmas episode.)
Perhaps I was spoiled by reading Tanith Lee’s version of these tales, but when I read the first one, I was a little disappointed. No reflection on the writer’s skills, as the stories were well done, but it really was a simple matter of a zombie being substituted for the frog in the tale and otherwise it was essentially the same story. I was hoping that the theme of the story would be kept, but that the entire atmosphere of the story would change to reflect the horror aspect – which obviously wasn’t the writer’s intention. I still enjoyed the story, but it didn’t match my expectations, which I could also say about a couple of the other stories. The second story (as well as the majority of the others) was more to my liking – an additional twist to the tale with black humour and a modern spin. My favourite tale was the third, perhaps because of the extra eerie feel it had that I was looking for.
I liked all of the tales to varying degrees – most of the modernized ones had biting humour to them (pun intended), but I don’t think this collection quite won me over to the whole mash-up concept. The stories were fun with sufficient gore and action (check out Cindy Rallie), but I was hoping for something a little more jarring. Despite the changes, most of the stories still felt too familiar – then again, maybe I’ve been desensitized by too much zombie horror. If you are a mash-up fan with a fondness for zombies and fairy tales you will love this collection.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)