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By Melissa Marr, Tim Pratt

The top writers of our iteration retell vintage tales.

From Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene to E. M. Forster's "The computing device Stops," literature is stuffed with horny, lethal, and downright twisted stories. during this assortment, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favourite vintage tales, those that experience encouraged, awed, and enraged them, those that experience develop into ingrained in sleek tradition, and those which were too lengthy neglected. They take those tales and boil them all the way down to their bones, and reassemble them for a brand new iteration of readers.

Written from a twenty-first century point of view and set in the geographical regions of technology fiction, dystopian fiction, delusion, and sensible fiction, those brief tales are as relocating and concept frightening as their originators. They pay homage to groundbreaking literary achievements of the earlier whereas celebrating every one author's designated conception and leading edge sort.

Today's such a lot acclaimed authors use their very own particular kinds to rebuild the twelve undying stories:

Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene - Saladin Ahmed

W. W. Jacobs's "The Monkey's Paw" - Kelley Armstrong

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" - Holly Black

"Sleeping attractiveness" - Neil Gaiman

The Brothers Grimm's "Rumpelstiltskin" - Kami Garcia

Kate Chopin's The Awakening - Melissa Marr

Rudyard Kipling's "The guy Who will be King" - Garth Nix

Henry James's "The Jolly nook" - Tim Pratt

E. M. Forster's "The computer Stops" - Carrie Ryan

Horace Walpole's The citadel of Otranto - Margaret Stohl

William Seabrook's "The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban" - Gene Wolfe

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Birth-Mark" - Rick Yancey

And six illustrations by way of Charles Vess

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