Beware! This is not your normal fairy tale collection.
Author Ron Koertge recaps the action of some well-known tales, but he adds a twist...a dark, morbid twist. Readers will be hooked with the Once Upon a Time beginning, but they shouldn't expect the old standby ending of Lived Happily Ever After.
Each tale represented in the anthology highlights what, according to Koertge, likely happened after the last page was turned. Endings that include death, dismemberment, or lives continued but headed down the decidedly wrong path.
LIES, KNIVES, AND GIRLS IN RED DRESSES is 87 pages of free verse with intense black papercut illustrations. It plays off society's penchant for tidying up those fairy tales of old and taking off some of the "edge" that really made them tales to remember. Koertge's versions are not for the faint-of-heart or for those in search of the "politically correct."