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The Evil That Men Do: Modern Fairy Tales For Grownups
Michael Sanders

ISBN 978-1944521035, January 2, 2017
Softcover, 290 pages, 6 x 9 in.

ISBN: 978-1944521059, May 13, 2017
Kindle edition

If you thought you knew your favorite fairy tales, then you’re in for an unexpected and astonishing surprise! Over a hundred years ago, the Grimm Brothers unearthed age-old fables of frightening worlds, dark forests and foreboding castles. Over the years, these lurid tales were domesticated into toothless bedtime stories for children, cleansed of much of the original fear and dread that made these tales so powerful and unforgettable.

In The Evil That Men Do, author and storyteller Michael Sanders transforms eight original fairy tales into a thrill ride, with twists and turns from the amusing to the macabre, reimagining them as contemporary stories, with everyday characters who come face-to-face with the evil that lives in the hearts of those around them.

The Evil That Men Do is a collection of fairy tales for our modern age, stories in which ordinary men, women and children must overcome human wickedness or else be destroyed by it. These are tales of villains and their victims entwined in plots that could have been taken from today’s headlines, yet stay true to the storylines of the original fables.

A set of clever takes on well-known stories . . . Sanders delights in juxtaposing the mundane and the mythic. The adherence to original storylines can lead to some convoluted twists. However, finding out how Sanders makes these plots work is half the fun.

Kirkus Reviews

The Evil That Men Do is brilliantly written in a way that will spark the brain cells and help the reader to have a deeper understanding of the original fairy tales as well as the world around them. The stories were so engrossing that it was sad to get to the end of them.

Manhattan Book Review

Sanders has created fairy tales for a new age that are set in today’s fast-paced, cruel world. Unexpected endings are standard fare.

San Francisco Book Review

Discussion and Reading at Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL, February 10, 2017

Pictures from the launch event at Hound & Quail, Honolulu, March 4, 2017