Grim: Dark Fairy Tales for the Psychologically Minded
Joseph Burgo, author
From the author of VACILLIAN and THE LIGHTS OF BARBRIN, these three novella-length tales probe psychological themes latent in the classic Grimm versions. Rather than presenting two-dimensional "good" heroines pitted against "evil" step-mothers, GRIM portrays fully realized characters grappling with shame and self doubt, suffering at the hands of mothers best thought of as narcissistic in modern terminology. Due to their dark themes and some graphic sexual material, these tales are not for the faint of heart and unsuitable for children.
Three classic fairy tales—the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel—get a more sinister retelling in this three-novella collection by Burgo. Cinderella grapples with depression and a sense of dread about getting what she thought she wanted, Snow White’s mother hones her psychopathic tendencies to try to kill her daughter, and Rapunzel must deal with mommy issues and self-worth. Burgo creates strong narratives that add nuance and sophistication to these tales; the titular grimness manifests as sexual violence, rape fantasies, and ruthless seductresses. For portions from a male point of view, Packer makes a spectacular narrator with a resonant English accent and brooding tone reminiscent of Christopher Lee in his Hammer Films days. He does create believable and complex female character voices, but it seems strange to choose a male reader for a production that focuses on nearly all female protagonists. A New Rise paperback. (BookLife)