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"an anthology of fairy tale stories with a modern twist"

Woodcutter's Grim is an anthology of fairy tale stories with a modern twist.

Welcome to Woodcutter's Grim, a town with a lot of history. For many generations the Guardians have protected the town of Woodcutter's Grim from the horrors of the Black Woods.

Papa is the first story, based on Hansel and Gretel. Randall Park was trying to make a life with his new wife when his kids and ex wife are killed in a car accident. His wife becomes terrified and begins to have nightmares. Luck befalls them and he takes her to Woodcutter's Grim to relax, not knowing what awaits them there.

The second story is Blood of Amethyst, a retelling of Rumplestiltskin. Amethyst Phillips begins to look and behave very strangely after searching for her father in the Black Woods. Her boyfriend, Gabe Reece is a Guardian, and its up to him to figure out exactly what happened in the woods before it's too late.

Dancing to the Grave is based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The children are not the same and it seems as if the only one who notices this is Diana Anders, a local teacher. It is up to Diana and her husband Kurt, to save the town's future.

The Amethyst Tower is loosely based on Rapunzel. Her prince is actually a time traveler, who must rescue her from the evil Warlock Lord. These stories could only lead you to Woodcutter's Grim.

The anthology was very well put together and each story was like a book all by itself. The storyline was well developed and resolved at the end. The stories are definitely for adults, and were written in a way that made me care for all of the primary characters. The dialogue was realistic, and I was entertained by each story. Some elements were a little harsh, but it set the tone of the anthology wonderfully.

Reviewed by Breia Brickey
Posted September 6, 2008

SUMMARY

Award-winning author Karen Wiesner is the founder of Jewels of the Quill, an award-winning group of authors in all genres banded together to promote their books. The group also does anthologies together. Woodcutter’s Grim Series--Classic Tales of Horror Retold is a compilation of the first two novellas in the series that Karen contributed to Jewels of the Quill anthologies, plus two bonus stories in the series never before published! Includes "Papa" (Book 1), "Blood of Amethyst" (Book 2), and two bonus, never-before published stories: "Dancing to the Grave" (Book 3) and "The Amethyst Tower" (The Final Chapter)

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Woodcutter's Grim Series
(Classic Tales of Horror Retold)
by Karen Wiesner

Whiskey Creek Press
September 1, 2008
Available: September 15, 2008
ISBN #1603132562
EAN #9781603132565
Paperback
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