November 2011

Silver Birch, Blood Moon

Must-read fairy tales for adults!

If you absolutely love fairy tales but can’t stand the overused helpless maiden, heroic young lad, and gruesome stepmother tropes, Silver Birch, Blood Moon is a compilation that you must read. My sister recently purchased the book and leant it to me to read over my birthday weekend, and it was one of my highlights this year, for sure.

With authors like Tanith Lee and Neil Gaiman included, you might think that the anthology, compiled by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, might be all gruesome horror or at least scary; on the contrary, while some of the stories definitely have these elements, the tales range from the macabre to the romantic; the empowering to the dazzling, to simply the morbidly realistic.