The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror

The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror Review

From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Adapted from her beloved "Children's Stories Made Horrific" series, "The Merry Spinster" takes up the trademark wit that endeared Ortberg to readers of both The Toast and her best-selling debut Texts From Jane Eyre. The feature become among the most popular on the site, with each entry bringing in tens of thousands of views, as the stories proved a perfect vehicle for Ortberg’s eye for deconstruction and destabilization. Sinister and inviting, familiar and alien all at the same time, The Merry Spinster updates traditional children's stories and fairy tales with elements of psychological horror, emotional clarity, and a keen sense of feminist mischief.

Readers of The Toast will instantly recognize Ortberg's boisterous good humor and uber-nerd swagger: those new to Ortberg's oeuvre will delight in her unique spin on fiction, where something a bit mischievous and unsettling is always at work just beneath the surface.

Unfalteringly faithful to its beloved source material, The Merry Spinster also illuminates the unsuspected, and frequently, alarming emotional complexities at play in the stories we tell ourselves, and each other, as we tuck ourselves in for the night.

Bed time will never be the same.

Title:The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Emily May

    There are two really great stories here, a couple of okay ones, many pages of beautiful/whimsical/amusing writing, several interesting ideas, and a whole lot of codswallop. Let's call it a 2.5.As with...

  • Melki

    "Had my own brothers lived," the king said, "they should certainly have tried to harm our own children and stifle our peace." His own brothers, however, had not lived. It was an important task of king...

  • Tori (InToriLex)

    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexActual Rating 2.5You should be a fan of the Grimm' Fairy Tales, in order to appreciate these short stories. I am really familiar with Disney's feel good fairy...

  • Jaksen

    I read the first few, skimmed the rest. I don't get any of it. Seems written by a writer who luxuriates in her own overblown cleverness.I don't mean to be unnecessarily cruel in my review, and the wri...

  • ??Rory??

    4 Stars! Review to follow....

  • Oriana

    Oh Mallory, oh Daniel Mallory, oh my goodness gracious how I adore you. This book tho... I don't know. It is incredibly well done, but that is not at all the same as saying I enjoyed it. Each tale sta...

  • Tiffany Huffman (perfictionist.tiff)

    Mallory Ortberg, author of Texts From Jane Eyre, has created another wonderfully unique book. This compilation of short stories retelling a variety of everyone's most beloved fairy and folk tales is n...

  • ak

    Received an ARC for free blah blah whatever disclosure.These stories are weird and queer and horrifying and are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea but if you like Mallory’s writing especially h...

  • Charlie Anders

    I blurbed this book, so just to add to what I already said ---- this is really something special, even after the other fairytale retellings I've read lately. I wasn't really prepared for quite how cre...

  • Sarah Marie

    The Merry Spinster: Tales for Everyday Horror by Mallory Ortberg3.75 starsMallory Ortberg’s short story collection focuses on the fairy tales of the past or beloved children stories and twists them ...