Twice Upon A Time: Fairytale, Folklore, & Myth. Reimagined & Remastered

 Fairytales don’t always happen once upon a time. Fables don’t always have a happy ending. Sometimes the stories we love are too dark for nightmares. What if waking Sleeping Beauty was the worse thing the Prince could have done? What if Rapunzel wasn’t in that tower for her own protection—but for everyone else’s?Assembled by The Bearded Scribe Press, Twice Upon A Time combines classics and modern lore in peculiar and spectacular ways. From Rapunzel to Rumpelstiltskin, this unique collection showcases childhood favorites unlike anything you’ve ever seen.Both traditionally-published and independent authors will take you on a whirlwind ride through fairytale and folklore, myth and majick. Cherished stories are revisited and remastered into newly-treasured tales of hope and heartache, of adversity and adventure.Featuring stories from Bo Balder, AJ Bauers, Carina Bissett, Rose Blackthorn, S.M. Blooding, Rick Chiantaretto, Richard Chizmar, Liz DeJesus, Court Ellyn, S.Q. Eries, Steven Anthony George, Dale W. Glaser, Jax Goss, K.R. Green, Kelly Hale, Tonia Marie Harris, Brian T. Hodges, Tarran Jones, Jason Kimble, Shari L. Klase, Alethea Kontis, Hannah Lesniak, Wayne Ligon, RS McCoy, Joshua Allen Mercier, Robert D. Moores, Diana Murdock, Nick Nafpliotis, Elizabeth J. Norton, Bobbie Palmer, William Petersen, Rebekah Phillips, Asa Powers, Joe Powers, Brian Rathbone, Julianne Snow, Tracy Arthur Soldan, C.L. Stegall, Brian W. Taylor, Kenechi Udogu, Onser von Fullon, Deborah Walker, Angela Wallace, and Cynthia Ward.

Edited by Joshua Allen Mercier. Cover artwork by Luke Spooner.

This was a pretty cool book, but I knew it would be from the description. Basically, it’s an anthology of fairy tales told in a new way. There’s Grimm Brothers of course, fables, myths, folklore – it’s awesome. Each tale is different and imaginative in a way that I didn’t know was possible.

My favorite story in this book was the Spear Among Spindles, which is the retelling of the Helen of Troy myth in modern day. I thought the way it was brought into the present was incredible and captivating and I didn’t want the story to end. I also really enjoyed Blood and water, which was dark and fascinating as well as the Princess in Peril. I am willing to bet that you will be just as entranced by this book as I was.

What I really appreciated about it was how stories we all know have been reimagined and retold in a completely fresh way – I think that has to be hard to do, but when it’s done right is just so darn good! These are stories that include romance, action, witches, dark creatures – it still manages to surprise you even with stories that are so familiar.

I’m on a lucky streak lately and I’m reading some really great books. I have to add this book to that list, because I’m going to give it 5 stars. Buy it for yourself, gift it to your friends, it’s a keeper!


Twice Upon a time is a collection of Fairytale Folklore with a darkness woven throughout. Unlike the happy tales we all know, each author tells the take in their own unique way. There are so many different tales told, giving each reader something to enjoy.

The first story was a bit too twisted for me. Luckily, it was a quick read and the next one proved to be much better. Some are so dark and full of horrendous acts, and some feature romance and suspense. The tale that stood out the most for me, and the one I enjoyed, was Wish Witch.

Wish Witch is a dark version of Aladdin. Tom is a drunk and wishes everyone that is “out to get him” is dead. He yells out the ways he wants them dead and that is exactly how each person has been found. The police believe he is a serial killer, but Tom eventually finds out that a witch/demon is actually committing the killings. They stop after his 7 wishes are done and Tom goes back to his drunk ways.

Overall, while the stories are not linked to one another, nor do they all have the same level of darkness, they do all work together to create an anthology that is different than most.