A few days later, Claire at Paperback Reader posted a review of Gaiman's short story "Snow, Glass, Apples". Since she was kind enough to post this link to the story, I decided to read it.
"Snow, Glass, Apples" has all the elements of a classic Snow White tale - a princess, a stepmother, apples, dwarfs, a magic mirror, and a prince. Gaiman, however, adds a few twists. Some blood, a vampire, snow, necrophilia...you get the picture! Plus, the story is told from the perspective of the stepmother.
Here are a few quotes from the story:
"Her eyes were black as coal, black as her hair; her lips were redder than blood. She looked up at me and smiled. Her teeth seemed sharp, even then, in the lamplight."
"The years passed by slowly, and my people claimed that I ruled them with wisdom. The heart still hung above my bed, pulsing gently in the night. If there were any that mourned the child, I saw no evidence: she was a thing of terror, back then, and they believed themselves well rid of her."
"I saw one snowflake land upon her white cheek, and remain there without melting."
This was an enjoyable departure from my Norton Book of America Short Stories and The Best American Short Stories of the Century. While it didn't exactly convert me into a fantasy fan, I'll certainly consider reading more of Gaiman's work...especially if it just drops into my lap like this story did.
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