Twenty dark and ghostly faerie tale retellings from the NYT, USA Today and internationally bestselling authors in the award-winning Once Upon Anthologies series! Push open the creaky cellar door and prepare for chilling re-imaginings of Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks, Rapunzel, and Bloody Mary. Or breathe a sigh of relief with brighter twists on The Little Match Girl, Hansel & Gretel, and The Bremen Town Musicians.
But beware! Blood and revenge, creepy haunted houses, and evil magic lurk within the pages. Are you brave enough to venture in?
A HUNTER’S MEMORY OF WINTER - Annie Bellet
Ka is a hunter for hire. She'll kill anything, for a price. When her latest client wants her to kill a legendary being, she's up for the challenge. But this job will require more than just a bullet... for her prey is already dead...
HAUNTED - Kay McSpadden
The old Bayer house might be haunted, but that doesn’t keep the little golden-haired girl from going inside—again, and again, and again.
FAERIE SONG - Anthea Sharp
The Pipers have rid the city of vermin, but their music hides a dark magic that only one courageous girl can break.
FORGIVEN: A Djinn Wars Story - Christine Pope
Celia Graham might have survived a deadly plague, but that didn’t prevent her from becoming a ghost doomed to haunt her opulent home for all eternity. The situation becomes even more complicated when she encounters an unexpected house guest….
WHAT MAGIC LIES BENEATH - Shawntelle Madison
Long ago, a bog witch killed Everbelle’s brother. Now the memories of him haunt her—as well as his ghost. An opportunity arises to fix the past and bring everyone inner peace, but is Everbelle willing to sacrifice herself in the process?
THE GHOST OF BEILSTEIN CASTLE - Alethea Kontis
From a riverside castle in post-war Germany, a tormented young American widow recounts her ghostly adventures with a dead bride, a fiery-eyed hellfrog, and a lost treasure.
SNOW WHITE BETWEEN TIME - Julia Crane
Once the cursed apple has been eaten, Snow White awakens in a strange land. The sun and moon have disappeared, and her only friend is a red-eyed wolf. She must find a way to return to her former life or be forever stuck between worlds.
QUEEN JOANNA.- Kate Danley
Thrust into a loveless marriage of state, Queen Joanna discovers her new palace is home to dark secrets. When a ghostly face in the mirror confronts her with a dire warning, she must discover if she has been struck by madness... or awakened a curse.
RAPUNZEL DREAMING - Yasmine Galenorn
Sometimes beauty—and the obsession with that beauty—doesn’t fade. It just transforms with time…
WHAT TALES SPECTERS TELL - Kasey Mackenzie
Amelie Baudelaire faces off against the cruel Necromancer who saved her life two years earlier. Now that the life and soul of her most precious prize of all—her firstborn child—hangs in the balance, she’ll show her villainous savior just how much he’s underestimated her.
THE DEVIL’S DUE - Melissa Marr
Never cross a devoted sister, especially one fond of sword fights and sea-faring.
THE BREMEN SHIFTER BAND - Debra Dunbar
Geriatric shapeshifters in an assisted living facility discover with the help of Elvis’ ghost that they’re never too old to Rock and Roll.
THE BANSHEE OF LIATH WOOD - Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
In order to keep his home, Kye of Haebach Heath must enter one of the most haunted places in all of Eile in order to free a maiden from her dark curse.
THE GHOST QUEEN – Nikki Jefford
When the King of Gloria offers gold to anyone who can present him with the fairest bride in all the kingdoms, two young necromancers resurrect the loveliest woman to have ever lived. Can they fool the king and his entire kingdom?
IMMORTAL PORTRAIT - Colleen Gleason
When Frost Elite escort service's Shep arrives to meet a new client in the hills of Hollywood, he poses for a photograph with his client's camera. Unfortunately, this simple portrait taken by Mr. Dorian Gray might just mean his death...
TO BE REMEMBERED - Jamie Ferguson
After her brutal murder centuries ago, Ilona became a nyavka. She haunts the forest with her newfound sisters, luring men into the woods—and to their deaths. And then one day a young man comes into the forest on a mission that catches Ilona by surprise.
THE SOUL CAGES - Phaedra Weldon
When her treasure is stolen, the vengeful Sea Goddess destroys the country's ships and takes the souls of their crews. Only one woman can save them, but will she succeed, or be damned to live in the Sea Goddess' palace forever?
ELLA AND THE HAUNTED HOUSE - Sarra Cannon
Descended from a long line of ghost hunters, Ella is forced to spend her birthday in a haunted house with her horrible stepmother and stepsisters, but the night is redeemed when a handsome stranger arrives.
THE THORN KING - Alexia Purdy
Haunted by the ghost of his best friend, Riley decides to search for her once more. Heading through the scorched rose gardens where she disappeared, he finds himself in the domain of a malevolent creature cursed by a dark magic ready to claim him as well.
LITTLE FLAME - Devon Monk
Avens is not powerful, she is not a witch. But she is the last hope to save the world.
Don't miss all the Once Upon Anthologies! Once Upon A Curse, Once Upon A Kiss, Once Upon A Quest, Once Upon A Star, Once Upon A Ghost, and coming in 2021 Once Upon A Wish!
KEYWORDS: Ghost stories, fairy tales, retellings, ghosts, spooky stories, haunted house, witches, fantasy anthologies