Twice cursed

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From the fun of the fair to the depths of hell, experience sixteen more curses in this sequel to the bestselling Cursed: An Anthology . A blend of traditional and reimagined curses from fairy-tales to Snow White, from some of the best names in fantasy.


Take a trip to a terrifying carnival and uncover the secrets within, solve a mysterious puzzle box and await your reward, join a travelling circus and witness the strangest ventriloquist act you've ever seen.

In this follow-up to the bestselling Cursed: An Anthology, you'll unearth curses old and new. From a very different take on Snow White, to a new interpretation of The Red Shoes, the best in fantasy spin straw into gold, and invite you into the labyrinth.

Just don't forget to leave your trail of breadcrumbs...

Featuring stories from:
Joanne Harris
Neil Gaiman
Joe Hill
Sarah Pinborough
Angela Slatter
M. R. Carey
Christina Henry
A. C. Wise
Laura Purcell
Katherine Arden
Adam L. G. Nevill
Mark Chadbourn
Helen Grant
Kelley Armstrong
A. K. Benedict
L. L. McKinney
Introduction / by Marie O'Regan & Paul Kane
The bell / Joanne Harris
Snow, glass, apples / Neil Gaiman
The Tissot Family Circus / Angela Slatter
Mr. Thirteen / M.R. Carey
The Confessor's tale / Sarah Pinborough
The old stories hide secrets deep inside them / Mark Chadbourn
Awake / Laura Purcell
Pretty maids all in a row / Christina Henry
The viral voyage of Bird Man / Katherine Arden
The angels of London / Adam L.G. Nevill
A curse is a curse / Helen Grant
Dark carousel / Joe Hill
Shoes as red as blood / A.C. Wise
Just your standard haunted doll drama / Kelley Armstrong
St Diabolo's Travelling Music Hall / A.K. Benedict
The music box / L.L. McKinney.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This follow-up to O'Regan and Kane's Cursed (2020) shares the same basic premise as the first anthology: it contains a wide array of genre stories dealing with some person or group of people who are, in a word, cursed. The anthology is made up mostly of relatively recent stories, with a few exceptions, such as Neil Gaiman's almost 30-year-old "Snow White" retelling, "Snow, Glass, Apples," and Sarah Pinborough's 2009 "The Confessor's Tale," a story previously featured in a Hellraiser-themed anthology by the same editors, explaining the surprising and, to an unknowing reader, jarring appearance of the Cenobites. Overall this is a solid anthology, varying widely in tone and theme from other fairy-tale retellings (including another "Snow White") to the fairly humorous, like M.R. Carey's curse-afflicted support group in "Mr Thirteen," to bleaker entries like Adam LG Nevill's grim cycle of bloodthirsty, occult landlordship in "The Angels of London." This anthology should more than satisfy established genre fans and general readers alike."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Dark magic runs rampant through this star-studded sequel to O'Regan and Kane's Cursed anthology. "The Bell" by Joanne Harris makes a fitting opener, warning readers to be careful of acting without knowing what the consequences will be. Some of these 16 tales are direct spins on familiar stories--among them "Snow, Glass, Apples," Neil Gaman's take on "Snow White"--while others are entirely new: one of the more surprising is "A Curse Is a Curse" by Helen Grant, which reveals a shocking truth about the Wall that encloses the heroine's village. Another standout, "Shoes as Red as Blood" by A.C. Wise, examines the brutal fates that often befall women and girls in fairy tales. The members of the support group in M.R. Carey's "Mr Thirteen" suffer from physical curses, while the characters of Joe Hill's "Dark Carousel" are haunted by a cycle of violence. A handful of stories take a lighter approach: the circus provides refuge for the cursed in Angela Slatter's "The Tissot Family Circus," while the heroine of "St. Diabolo's Traveling Music Hall" by A.K. Benedict uses curses to aid abused women. The anthology ends on a strong note with L.L. McKinney's incredibly unsettling "The Music Box." Fans of eerie fairy tales and dark fantasy won't want to miss this. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Blessing and cursing -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction, English.
Fantasy fiction, American.
Short stories, English.
Short stories, American.
Fantasy fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher London :Titan Books,2023
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Bell.
Snow, glass, apples.
Tissot Family Circus.
Mr. Thirteen.
Confessor's tale.
Old stories hide secrets deep inside them.
Pretty maids all in a row.
Viral voyage of Bird Man.
Angels of London.
A curse is a curse.
Dark carousel.
Shoes as red as blood.
Just your standard haunted doll dreams.
St Diabolo's Travelling Music Hall.
Music box.
Contributors O'Regan, Marie, editor.
Kane, Paul, 1973- editor.
Harris, Joanne, 1964- Bell.
Gaiman, Neil. Snow, glass, apples.
Slatter, Angela. Tissot Family Circus.
Carey, M. R., 1959- Mr. Thirteen.
Pinborough, Sarah, 1972- Confessor's tale.
Chadbourn, Mark. Old stories hide secrets deep inside them.
Purcell, Laura. Awake.
Henry, Christina, 1974- Pretty maids all in a row.
Arden, Katherine. Viral voyage of Bird Man.
Nevill, Adam L. G. Angels of London.
Grant, Helen, 1964- A curse is a curse.
Hill, Joe. Dark carousel.
Wise, A. C. Shoes as red as blood.
Armstrong, Kelley. Just your standard haunted doll dreams.
Benedict, A. K. St Diabolo's Travelling Music Hall.
McKinney, L. L. (Leatrice L.). Music box.
Language English
Description 349 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 9781803361215
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