Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales

Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales

Author: Melissa Marr

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 356 pages

Language: English

ISBN: 9780316212946

Published: October 22nd 2013

The best writers of our generation retell classic tales. From Sir Edmund Spenser's "The Faerie Queene" to E. M. Forster's "The Machine Stops", literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, today's most acclaimed award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories and use their own unique styles to rebuild these timeless stories, the ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them, the ones that have become ingrained in modern culture, and the ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these twelve stories and boil them down to their bones, and reassemble them for a new generation of readers. Written from a twenty-first century perspective and set within the realms of science fiction, dystopian fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction, these short stories are as moving and thought provoking as their originators. They pay homage to groundbreaking literary achievements of the past while celebrating each author's unique perception and innovative style.

Introduction: Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales (2013) • essay by Tim Pratt and Melissa Marr
That the Machine May Progress Eternally (2013) / shortfiction by Carrie Ryan, inspired by E.M. Forster's The Machine Stops
The King of Elfland's Daughter (2013) • interior artwork by Charles Vess
Losing Her Divinity [Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz] (2013) / shortfiction by Garth Nix, inspired by The Man Who Would Be King
The Sleeper and the Spindle (2013) / novelette by Neil Gaiman, inspired by Sleeping Beauty
Kai Lung's Golden Hours (2013) • interior artwork by Charles Vess
The Cold Corner (2013) / shortfiction by Tim Pratt, inspired by Henry James' The Jolly Corner
Millcara (2013) / shortfiction by Holly Black, inspired by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla
Figures of Earth (2013) • interior artwork by Charles Vess
When First We Were Gods (2013) / shortfiction by Rick Yancey, inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birthmark
Sirocco (2013) / shortfiction by Margaret Stohl, inspired by Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto
The Shaving of Shagpat (2013) • interior artwork by Charles Vess
Awakened (2013) / shortfiction by Melissa Marr, inspired by Kate Chopin's The Awakening
New Chicago (2013) / shortfiction by Kelley Armstrong, inspired by W. W. Jacob's The Monkey's Paw
The Wood Beyond the World (2013) • interior artwork by Charles Vess
The Soul Collector (2013) / shortfiction by Kami Garcia, inspired by the Brothers Grimm's Rumpelstiltskin
Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy (2013) / shortfiction by Saladin Ahmed, inspired by Sir Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene
Goblin Market (2013) • interior artwork by Charles Vess
Uncaged (2013) / shortfiction by Gene Wolf, inspired by William Seabrook's The Caged White Werewolf.