Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales

By Melissa Marr, Tim Pratt

The top writers of our new release retell vintage tales.

From Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene to E. M. Forster's "The computer 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 glossy tradition, and those which have been too lengthy neglected. They take those tales and boil them all the way down to their bones, and reassemble them for a brand new new release of readers.

Written from a twenty-first century standpoint and set in the geographical regions of technology fiction, dystopian fiction, fable, and sensible fiction, those brief tales are as relocating and proposal scary as their originators. They pay homage to groundbreaking literary achievements of the prior whereas celebrating every one author's designated notion and leading edge kind.

Today's such a lot acclaimed authors use their very own targeted types 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 good looks" - 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 fortress 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 means of Charles Vess

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