Two and Twenty Dark Tales
Two and Twenty Dark Tales

Two and Twenty Dark Tales

Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes

Edited by Georgia McBride, Edited by Michelle Zink, Foreword by Francisco X. Stork


340 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Paperback, Mobipocket, ebook: PDF, ebook: EPUB

Paperback, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $16.95)

Publication Date: October 2012

ISBN 9780985029418


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In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.


“Nancy Holder’s writing is taut and evocative, allowing a suspension of disbelief that makes this a thrilling read.”  —Booklist

“Michelle Zink’s methodical unfolding of events will draw readers in.”  —Kirkus

“The world Lisa Mantchev creates is theatrical and spectacular.”  —Fantasy Magazine

Author Biography

Georgia McBride is a speculative fiction writer and founder of She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Michelle Zink is the author of Prophecy of the Sisters and A Temptation of Angels. She lives in New York City. Francisco X. Stork is the author of Irises, The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, and Marcelo in the Real World. He lives in Boston.