Marie O-Regan & Paul Kane [eds] - Cursed (Titan, March 2020)
Marie O-Regan & Paul Kane - Introduction
Jane Yolen - Castle Cursed (verse) Christina Henry - As Red As Blood, As White As Snow Neil Gaiman - Troll Bridge Catriona Ward - At That Age Jen Williams - Listen M. R. Carey - Henry and the Snakewood Box James Brogden - Skin Maura McHugh - Faith and Fred Karen Joy Fowler - The Black Fairy's Curse Christopher Golden - Wendy Darling Charlie Jane Anders - Fairy Werewolf vs Vampire Zombie Michael Marshall Smith - Look Inside Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple - Little Red Angela Slatter - New Wine Lilith Saintcrow - Haza and Ghani Christopher Fowler - Hated Alison Littlewood - The Merrie Dancers Tim Lebbon - Again Margo Lanagan - The Girl From the Hell Jane Yolen - Castle Waking (verse)
About the Authors About the Editors Acknowledgements
Blurb: ALL THE BETTER TO READ YOU WITH It's a prick of blood, the bite of an apple, the evil eye, a wedding ring or a pair of red shoes. Curses come in all shapes and sizes, and they can happen to anyone - not just those of us with unpopular step-parents ..... Here you'll find unique twists on curses, from fairy tale classics to brand new hexes of the modern world - expect new monsters and mythologies as well as twists on well-loved fables. Stories to shock and stories of warning, stories of monsters and stories of magic. EIGHTEEN TIMELESS FOLKTALES. NEW AND OLD
Paid visit to once frequent pulphack-dem hang-out, the Notting Hill Book & Comic exchange on Pembridge Rd last Thursday. Shop now occupies two premises, one devoted (mostly) to comics with a few rows of horror, SF and Western paperbacks. Distressing to report that the wonderful paperback graveyard downstairs in original shop has long been obliterated, and stock is now comprised almost entirely of the recent and near pristine. Came away with an uncorrected proof of Cursed (due March 3) so journey not entirely in vain. Can't win them all.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.