Booklist review of GRIM

Catching up on reviews for the Grim anthology…

Check it:

“Johnson’s anthology of retold fairy tales, most based on Grimm, should be wildly popular as the 17 authors include such well-known names as Ellen Hopkins, Julie Kagawa, Amanda Hocking, and Malinda Lo.”

FYI, Malinda, according to Booklist you are famous. That’s official.

“Many authors bring the tone and focus back to the original Grimm tales, and graphic gore abounds.”

Yay gore!

And hmm, wait, what’s this???

“Jon Skovron’s “Raven Princess” has delightful contemporary touches, such as a same-sex giant couple rearing an infant, and a Shrek-like ending.”

Delightful, people. It’s delightful. And has gay giants.

Publisher’s Weekly reviews GRIM

Here’s another great review of GRIM which you should all be getting because it is jam packed with awesomeness, gore, and hot pink on black.

“Johnson (The Gathering Dark) brings together 17 authors in a collection of reimagined fairy tales that hark back to their dark, edgy roots.”

And later:

“Overall, the stories are interesting, memorable, and ideal for readers who don’t require happily ever afters.”

Right, so I can’t resist pulling this, too:

“Standouts include Malinda Lo’s “The Twelfth Girl,” which sees “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” set at a boarding school; Jon Skovron’s “The Raven Princess,” which puts a charming twist on the story of a princess cursed to live as a bird; and Tessa Gratton’s “Beauty and the Beast” retelling, “Beast/Beast,” which gives the Beast a worthy adversary”

“The Raven Princess” is charming, people. Delightful and charming.

I know this is just a short story that I’m getting all worked up about. But I took serious stylistic chances with it. I got way out of my comfort zone. It’s nice when that works out. Because I gotta tell you, it doesn’t always.

Announcing GRIM, the Anthology

From Publisher’s Marketplace:

“CLAIRE DE LUNE and NOCTURNE author Christine Johnson, ed.’s GRIM, an anthology of dark fairy tale retellings, featuring stories by New York Times bestselling authors Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Julie Kagawa, and others, to Natashya Wilson at Harper Teen, in a nice deal, for publication in Winter 2014, by Caryn Wiseman at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (World).”

As Christine points out in the announcement post on her blog, it’s actually Harlequin Teen who’s publishing. But the rest is true 🙂

My humble contribution will be “The Raven Princess”, based on the Grim Brothers story “The Raven”. This might be the weirdest story I’ve ever written. And for those who know my work, that’s saying something.

I’m so thrilled to be included in this line up. Just check it out…


This antho is going to be bananas.