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, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite
classic 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 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.
Stories include: “Sir Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene” by
Saladin Ahmed; “W. W. Jacobs’ The Monkey’s Paw” by Kelley Armstrong; “Joseph
Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla” by Holly Black; “Sleeping Beauty” by Neil Gaiman; “The
Brothers Grimm’s Rumpelstiltskin” by Kami Garcia; “Kate Chopin’s The Awakening”
by Melissa Marr; “Rudyard Kipling’s The Man Who Would Be King” by Garth Nix; “Henry
James’ The Jolly Corner” by Tim Pratt; “E. M. Forster’s The Machine Stops” by
Carrie Ryan; “Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto” by Margaret Stohl; “William
Seabrook’s The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban” by Gene Wolfe; and “Nathaniel
Hawthorne’s The Birth-Mark” by Rick Yancey. Download and start listening now!