Books of 2013 is a feature for highlighting books coming out this year that sound interesting. Today’s featured book is the upcoming anthology Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales edited by Paula Guran.

Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales edited by Paula Guran

I actually hadn’t heard anything about this book until I got one of those emails from Amazon trying to get me to buy something. Normally I disregard those emails, but this time I looked at it because the subject “New from Tanith Lee” caught my eye. I hadn’t heard anything about a new book by her so I was curious and opened the email to see what it was about. While the book isn’t actually written by Tanith Lee, it contains one of her short stories, and I was immediately intrigued by it. I LOVE retold fairy tales, plus this book contains short stories by both authors whose work I’ve been wanting to read and some authors who have written books I really enjoyed (such as Cinda Williams Chima, Ekaterina Sedia, and Jane Yolen).

Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales will be available in October.

About Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales:

Eighteen extraordinary authors devise all-new fairy tales: imaginative reinterpretations of the familiar, evocative new myths, speculations beyond the traditional realm of “once upon a time.” Often dark, occasionally humorous, always enthralling, these stories find a certain Puss in a near-future New York, an empress bargaining with a dragon, a princess turned into a raven, a king’s dancing daughters with powerful secrets, great heroism, terrible villainy, sparks of mischief, and a great deal more. Brilliant dreams and dazzling nightmares with meaning for today and tomorrow…

“The Giant In Repose” by Nathan Ballingrud
“Eat Me, Drink Me, Love Me” by Christopher Barzak
“Tales That Fairies Tell” by Richard Bowes
“Warrior Dreams” by Cinda Williams Chima
“Blanchefleur” by Theodora Goss
“The Road of Needles” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
“Below the Sun Beneath” by Tanith Lee
“The Coin of Heart’s Desire” by Yoon Ha Lee
“Sleeping Beauty of Elista” by Ekaterina Sedia
“Egg” by Priya Sharma
“Lupine” by Nisi Shawl
“Castle of Masks” by Cory Skerry
“Flight” by Angela Slatter
“The Lenten Rose” by Genevieve Valentine
“The Hush of Feathers, the Clamour of Wings” by A.C. Wise
“Born and Bread” by Kaaron Warren
“The Mirror Tells All” by Erzebet YellowBoy
“The Spinning Wheel’s Tale” by Jane Yolen