Happy Birthday to Charles Perrault! A special fairytale-themed post!

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Hey guys! It was Charles Perrault’s 388th birthday this week! Anyone who knows this blog and is a regular reader will know that my love and appreciation for fairytales is strong and real. My own novel, The Blood Witching, was inspired by tales such as Snow White and folklore about witches and shape-shifters, whilst The Breathing Ghosts was influenced by Angela Carter’s short story, ‘The Lady of the House of Love’ (and, coincidentally, Poe’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher.’)

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(The dude himself- with awesome power hair)

So just who was Perrault? Perrault (1628-1703) was a lawyer-turned-French storyteller who brought tales such as ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Mother Goose’ to a wider audience, and he was also commemorated with his very own Google Doodle this week. So to celebrate him, his work, and for the love of all things fairytale, here is a special list of suggested reading for those who like their fairytales with an edge, and their tales with a twist…

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Fiction:

Angela Carter- The Bloody Chamber (actually, try ANYTHING she wrote, it’s all amazing)
Neil Gaiman’s ‘Snow, Glass, Apples’ from his short story collection Smoke and Mirrors
Laini Taylor-Lips Touch (I LOVED this! It’s been reviewed by me here)
Anne Sexton- Transformations (I even quoted a poem by Sexton at the beginning of The Blood Witching)
Holly Black- The Poison Eaters (reviewed by me here)
Charles De Lint- The Very Best of Charles De Lint (reviewed by me here)
Ovid- Metamorphoses
Terri Windling- Black Swan, White Raven
J.R.R. Tolkien- On Fairy Stories and Smith of Wootton Major
Leigh Bardugo- Shadow and Bone
Italo Calvino- Italian Folk Tales
Chretien De Troyes- Arthurian Romances (not quite fairytales, but still amazing!)

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Non-Fiction/Criticism:
Catherynne M. Valente- Indistinguishable From Magic
Marina Warner- Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale
Jack Zipes- The Irrepressible Fairy Tale

Enjoy- and remember, ‘those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.’- Roald Dahl.

PS. All images are creative commons licensed for commercial reproduction, via Google.

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