Likely Stories and Snow, Glass, Apples, by Neil Gaiman
Title: Snow, Glass, Apples
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Colleen Doran
Title: Likely Stories
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Mark Buckingham
Genre/ issues: Horror. Illustrated stories. Fairytale retelling. Urban horror.
Shop local where you can: For Australian readers, you can find this book on Booktopia, or support your local independent bookstore. US readers, check out Bookshop.org.
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It’s Sunday, I’ve just had a Covid test so I’m isolating until I get the results (something new and different for me!) so instead of working on my NaNoWriMo project, I’m working my way some comics and graphics that I’ve collected but not yet gotten around to reading. Holy crapballs, these two are stunning!
Not for children nor the faint of heart, Snow, Glass, Apples is a retelling of the Snow White story completely unlike the Disney fairytale you’re used to. It’s not like any version, really. A chilling reimagining of a familiar tale, with the most breathtaking illustrations by Colleen Doran. I’m feeling a little off-kilter after finishing it, and I guess that’s the point. If you’ve not seen this masterpiece, I’d highly recommend it. Warning – very adult. This is not for the children obsessed with fairytales in your life. It depicts (spoilers ahead – skip to next paragraph if you don’t want to know!) sex, vampirism including a child vampire sucking blood from her father’s nether regions, slaughter and a being burned alive. I told you, chilling. But utterly beautiful and compelling.
Likely Stories is an anthology of 4 creepy stories, artfully illustrated in traditional comic strip panel style by Mark Buckingham. I’d seen an animated version of Feeders and Eaters once, and had heard Closing Time as an audio story, but the other 2 were new to me. Disturbing and leaving you a bit on edge in that signature Gaiman style, this is a wonderful collection – as long as you’re ok with that lingering wondering following you around for days after you finish reading. I think I need to find something a bit more uplifting to finish off my weekend!
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