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Inspired by Eastern European and Russian superstitions and folklore, here are twelve tales; darkly delicious imaginings for the adult connoisseur of bedtime stories.Be drawn into a world where the boundaries between the everyday and the unearthly are snakeskin-thin, where the trees have eyes and the night has talons, where demons, drawn by the perfume of human vice and wicInspired by Eastern European and Russian superstitions and folklore, here are twelve tales; darkly delicious imaginings for the adult connoisseur of bedtime stories.Be drawn into a world where the boundaries between the everyday and the unearthly are snakeskin-thin, where the trees have eyes and the night has talons, where demons, drawn by the perfume of human vice and wickedness, lurk with intents malicious and capricious.Tread carefully, for here the dark things best left behind in the forest may seep under your door and sup with you; the lover at your window or in your bed may have the scent of your death already on their breath.Whispered to you from the edges, from the haunted mouths of those who see more than you or I, here are twelve tales of lust and rivalry, of envy and deceit, and of secrets gouged from the darkest depths of the human heart.From the vivid imagination of Emmanuelle de Maupassant, here are her Cautionary Tales – eerie, bawdy, darkly humorous and erotic....

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cautionary tales voices from the edges Reviews

  • CC
    2019-03-23 15:46

    4.25 Stars This is an anthology consisting of twelve tales primarily about greed, lust, deceit, jealousy and death rooted in Eastern European and Russian superstitions. Each tale is told from the point of view of the evil onlooker, whether it be some sort of demon or spirit. When certain acts are committed, these creatures are invited to play into the human realm to maintain a sense of morality. From the beginning, the tone is cloaked in malevolence and foreboding. While the foreword reads as an ominous yet provocative ode, the verses are woven into the topic of each tale; thereby, creating a cohesive and underlying theme of trickery throughout the book. Besides being familiar with tales such as the Brothers Grimm, I haven’t read anything like The Cautionary Tales. The writing is truly lyrical – at times eerily so, but the imagery and emotion are evocative and quite tangible in that we all have our own weaknesses. In reading other work by this author, she continues to captivate me with her bewitching prose and I look forward to enjoying more by Emmanuelle de Maupassant.

  • T.S.
    2019-02-23 15:55

    * * * * I give Cautionary Tales 4 stars! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Not for the faint of heart or the easily offended. Luckily, I don’t belong in either of those groups. I got such a kick out of Cautionary Tales and I believe anyone with a dark and somewhat raunchy sense of humor will, too. What I Liked:• I hope the author didn’t intend me to take the work too seriously. The concept of demons and the souls of the departed peeking at us through windows, awaiting our inevitable mistakes, was told with such a lilting twist that I laughed aloud as often as I cringed. Don’t expect horror. It’s more like dark comedy. • The author is not lacking for confidence and it makes the book. The stories are told without apology; whether we’re watching a widower coupling with his neighbor before his wife’s body is cold or a demon coupling with a roomful of unsuspecting, horny maidens. The tales are straightforward, erotic in a fierce and at times unsettling way, and unafraid to delve into the depths of human vice.• The author has some serious storytelling skills and can get a lot done in a short span of time. The tales are short and told in the folk tale tradition. I found them to be like potato chips; just one more, and another, until the bag was empty and the book was done. What I Didn’t Like:• I found the opening poem – portions of which are carried throughout as they relate to each tale – long and a bit heavy handed.• There are definitely some heavy topics touched on in these tales. While it is the nature of folk tales to be light in spite of the serious lessons they teach, and while I understand that these tales are not meant to have real “morals” for life outside the book, my feminist sensibilities were tweaked here and there. Women are often seen punished somehow for their sexuality. However, as I stated before, the book is not for the sensitive or the impressionable. It’s for adults with a dark sense of humor. So, I feel the author’s only obligation is to entertain; which she does. Would I Recommend This and to Whom:For mature audiences who don’t take fiction too seriously. Dark and raunchy sense of humor required. Favorite Quotes:• “And we, from within the sigh of the trees, and the soft moss underfoot, and the calling of night birds, watched him as he watched, gazing where he should not.”• “We who are beyond the mortal world see many things from the edges; we hear the subtle shifts of rhythm in the beat of a blackening heart.”

  • Frank Lee
    2019-03-04 22:48

    Folk tales are universal, of course, and wherever they come from - whatever period - they feed us a helping of those things which most occupy and tease the restless human imagination: take your pick of the seven deadly sins. The eternal game of wits between devils and angels never seems to get old no matter how old the stories themselves become. At most, they're simply reinvented from culture to culture and generation to generation. But the stories in Cautionary Tales aren't centuries old folk tales. Emmanuelle de Maupassant merely seduces you into believing they are.Her writing has poise and elegance by the truckload, and with Cautionary Tales, she strikes a tone that drives the stories as if they were contemporary renderings of tales out of some antique oral tradition. Taking a surprisingly fresh approach, she has superimposed scenarios of her own invention over East European traditions and superstitions. She has created a new and original mythology of demons and village maidens that feels immediately familiar, but sets them loose in narratives that are fresh and engaging.As a writer firmly rooted in the deeper regions of erotic tradition, the sensual nature of these stories is palpable, even at its more terse and implicit moments. These tales follow no formula but their own, just as any well-told story should. Cautionary Tales is a beautifully ambitious undertaking, and Emmanuelle de Maupassant's entire concept and execution are a refreshing surprise in the kind of story collection that only comes along once in a very great while.

  • Sandro Dadiani
    2019-03-11 19:08

    Occasionally, I like to close my eyes and jump into the unknown. I expect to be disappointed more often than not, and I am fine with that, appreciating their author's effort and dedication, if not the content.However, there are those rare times, those once-in-a-moment occasions when you dive in and find the water refreshing, crystal clear and full of life.Cautionary Tales: Voices from the Edges is such a book, although perhaps my analogy collapses with the clarity aspect, as this is a dark tome, full of twisted demons and, in some instances, even more twisted humans.These pseudo folk-tales (for they are wholly original, not a retelling of any classics I have heard of) have attitude, morals and a slightly bawdy undertone; not in a Victorian seaside postcard way, but in a very real and human way. One could read into these many elements of 'the human condition'; the hypocrisy and debauchery that we all conceal within, but in truth, I believe that these Slavic folk-tales were written as a series damn good yarns, meant to tease and titillate rather than arouse, to intrigue and entertain rather than to stimulate.This is not a book to read cover-to-cover, but rather to dip into and absorb. A quick (Cautionary) tale of adultery, death or promiscuity snatched from this book before bedtime is unlikely to give you nightmares, but remember - a shape-shifting, salivating changeling may just be peering through your bedroom window as you read Ms de Maupassant's excellent contribution to the genre.

  • Peter Timbrell
    2019-03-08 14:45

    Emmanuelle de Maupassant is one of my favourite writers. I was first hooked within an hour of reading The Gentleman's Club and my appetite for her writing has since become unquenchable. So onto her latest offering, Cautionary Tales: Voices from the Edges. The concept of using nature's voice offering commentary adds an interesting dimension to each of the stories which were inspired by the work of Homer, Chaucer, Boccaccio, Angela Carter and Fay Weldon.Each tale is, as anyone who may have read Ms Maupassants work, beautifully crafted, evocatively constructed and sensually delivered. I didn't so much read it, I absorbed it. Her work is like the richest of tiramisu, it has to be savoured. It's a work that should be read in the middle of winter, seated close to a roaring fire, book in one hand and a glass of something in the other. An evocative proposition would be to pass the book around a group of friends and each would read a tale to the group. The end result would be a guaranteed, lust-fuelled romp in front of the same hearth.Emmanuelle paints such vivid images and her characters became so real I felt them. I love the fact that they were not all perfect in form, but she portrayed them with such clarity and compassion that I envied the deviants who had their wicked way with them.I bought a copy of Cautionary Tales to sit alongside The Gentleman's Club. Two wonderfully crafted pieces of erotica from the pen of an author I hold in the highest regard.

  • Julia Rist
    2019-03-08 23:07

    I had the chance to review an ARC of Cautionary Tales, and what a treat it was. You know when you read a classic/watch an old movie/visit some stately home, and are left with that mixture of pleasure from the experience, and regret because they don't write books/make movies/build places like those any more? Well, there is still hope. For books, at least. This is an old-fashioned book, in the best of ways. Really, really old fashioned...think The Decameron, or the Brothers Grimm before they got dumbed down for public consumption. Old, old tales told by the fire, while the candles die down and the shadows dance on the rafters, and the audience huddles down, spellbound.Because Emmanuelle de Maupassant truly weaves a spell with each story. She starts the usual way: "once upon a time there were two sisters..." and off she goes. She gets the voice so right, so fairytale-like, you just follow along, enchanted by the sense of place, the rich folklore of the stories. When things start to go wrong (they are cautionary tales, after all) you cannot look away: you witness the monsters and ghosts and envious sisters and jealous husbands, and you shudder with fear and secret thrills. The voices, the secret eyes and ears of the spirits from the prologue, appear, here and there, as a Greek chorus, smirking at the follies of mere mortals, throwing a knowing look in your direction, Reader, making sure you are still there, covering your eyes but still watching through your fingers.

  • Sharon Twiz
    2019-03-13 16:00

    I have a little envy at the reader that has yet to read this delightful book for they have such a treat in store. I would like to read it for the first time again anew and savour each story over.This is something special; the intro sets the tone for the stories that are to follow. Each carefully chosen word leaves a haunting aftertaste. The forward, a story in itself possesses a haunting quality that chanted and followed me for days… At the edges… in the dark… It’s as if Emmanuelle’s creation is alive with a heartbeat running through it. It is quite extraordinary. I’ve never read anything like it. It’s fun, creepy, bawdy and richly dark, using Slavonic demons to tell delicious Fairy tales for adults and the writing is superb. I love how the forward, cleverly interlaced throughout the well-titled chapters becomes part of the book. My biggest complaint was that it was all finished too quickly. There are phrases in the forward that stay in your mind and torment you long after the final chapter is finished. I am not easy to please but this book charmed me and I do not doubt that once it finds its readership it will take on a life of its own but don’t read my words read Emmanuelle’s.

  • Dennis Cardiff
    2019-03-24 18:56

    "Hear our stories, learn from our errors.We too, were once flesh and blood.Take heed: remember the old ways." Emmanuelle de Maupassant is an enchantress with words. I already knew this from reading The Gentlemen's Club. Reading her stories lulls the reader to other times, other places where the unnatural becomes natural, where ghouls and ghosts watch your every move and will exact punishment or retribution when deserved. The characters come to life on the page with no wasted words.I felt that I was sitting at a fireside hearing these cautionary tales told by a respected elder. Although fiction, my disbelief was suspended. While reading I was tempted to look over my shoulder, question every sound and inspect every shadow. This book is a masterpiece of storytelling, I recommend it to all adults who don't mind being scared out of their wits.I was offered an ARC on the understanding that I would review it honestly.

  • Lizzie
    2019-03-06 22:06

    This is a very well-written and fun read! At times it had me raising an eyebrow, and at times it brought on a giggle. It is written in the style of old folk tales. Each one is only a couple of pages, so you never get bored, and the characters are such that you find yourself sympathizing with them at the same time you hope they get their comeuppance! If you enjoy fairy-tale type stories with mischief, mayhem, and a bit of the bawdy thrown in, then be sure to check this out!

  • Joann Herley
    2019-03-23 16:58

    Cautionary Tales - a collection of delightfully wicked tales. They are told by the demos themselves as they watch and partake in the human world. I enjoyed each one, but my favorite was Against Miserliness. I think it best we never go to bed with a string tied around our toe.

  • Cyrene Olson
    2019-03-06 19:43

    Uncaged Book Reviews:I really like this author’s style of writing as it’s quite dark and witty. This is a new author to me that has a few books out already. I hope I have the pleasure of reading more of her books. Reviewed by JenniferMore at

  • Terrance Shaw
    2019-03-09 19:10

    This extraordinary collection of short tales is, at once, a celebration of the simple beauty of language, a colorful and sometimes terrifying glimpse into the grimly fatalistic heart of Slavic folk culture, and a highly satisfying work of sensually charged entertainment. These twelve stories range pleasingly in mood and atmosphere from the mysterious and macabre—reminiscent of Angela Carter’s treatments of traditional folk and fairy tales—to the broadly humorous, bawdy romps in the spirit of Boccacio, populated with loutish peasants, dirty old men, promiscuous milkmaids, and horny demons in varying degrees of malevolence, ghouls, ghosts, vampires, elemental sprites, and throngs of things that go bump in the magical night.Yet, as the collection's title suggests, no story here is without an overt moral component, an appropriate comeuppance for bad behavior, just desserts for greed, lechery, and deceit, unfaithfulness, cruelty, murder—the whole catalog of sins, mortal and venial. The tales are narrated with the occasional poetic aside by the souls of the dead, collectively observing the realm of the living, commenting on human folly, sometimes with sadness, more often with a sort of wearily superior resignation as if to say ‘we see it all so clearly, yet the living make the same foolish mistakes again and again, and we, poor spirits, not wholly beyond care, can only watch, having forever lost the ability to intervene.’Emmanuelle de Maupassant’s language is elegant and direct, never simplistic or condescendingly obvious in spite of occasionally meandering towards preciousness, at times a little too dainty—at least to my taste. The style is consistent—very important!—concise and to the point without venturing off on tangents. Throughout, I was happily reminded of those wonderful—and wonderfully old-fashioned—fairy tale collections from the earlier years of the last century (are there any readers here old enough to remember the original Childcraft series?) genuine literature that never patronized or talked down to its intended audience, never insulted the reader’s intelligence or dumbed down its content to accommodate the attenuated attention spans of addle-brained TV addicts.The author has done a great deal of research into Slavic folkways, customs and cuisine, and clearly loves the material she is working with—an affection that shines through on every page.Recommended.

  • Erin Sandlin
    2019-03-09 15:55

    When I first began reading this collection, I felt at home. The stories take a narrative form and elements from the Slavic tradition, whence come many of our most treasured fairy tales. The characters were earthy, and simply delineated. Though they were not imbued with complex desires or deeply layered motives, they served their purpose eloquently--to caution against the panoply of human folly and action within a cultural context. De Maupassant artfully draws the marrow from the bones of this narrative form in all its chilling, seductive majesty, liberally spicing her stories with language and metaphysical forms common amongst the cultural tales that inspired her. I found myself thoroughly engaged, and enjoyed each story, with its main characters, its demons and monsters, sketches of simple, close-knit communities, in which the repercussions of socially impolitic behavior could be dire. My childhood is littered with memories of folktales. Commonly misnamed as fairy tales by our society, these stories were not the sanitary, Disney-fied narratives so many of us have come to think of as representative of the genre. Rather, they were dark, blood-soaked, and frankly terrifying. I'm sure you're wondering why any parent would allow their child to read such things. The truth is that these tales were crafted for children, as well as adults. They were ways for the young to explore the consequences of behaviors that went against the prevailing social mores--greed, betrayal, infidelity, impiety, impurities of a wide array. But they also offered children a view of how they might go their own way, so long as their hearts remained pure and steadfast. I particularly enjoyed the spirits and non-human characters, because they were not directly imbued with any sense of justice or mission of redress. They simply acted as their natures dictated, drawn by the perfume of vice and wickedness to their victims. These stories were earthy, salted with a luscious eroticism, but particularly circumspect in its presentation. They permitted me to laugh, to draw in my breath in startlement, and served as medium for meditation on how we, as humans, have utilized Story for the purposes of social equilibrium in other ways.

  • Andrew Chapman
    2019-03-03 23:08

    This book is a collection of short stories, all written by the same author. The stories are all based on local folklore with each one concentrating upon a different spirit or creature. The beginning of each new story comprises of a paragraph explaining the creature in detail before then entering the story. I thought this a bit strange at first but it’s brilliant. Without the explanation (unless you already know of the creature) the story itself wouldn’t make as much sense as you wouldn’t know its’ character.The stories are mostly quite gruesome; much like folklore stories are but there is also hilarity and a bit of a “tongue-in-cheek” attitude to them. I grew up with stories of local ghosts and demons; most of which led to several people meeting a grisly end. This book evoked the same level of wonderment and eeriness that the tales from my grandparents did.At the first reading the tales in this book are all separate and could have been collected from inspiration throughout European folklore. The author is very clever though and has subtly woven the stories together which I found delightful.I won this book in a competition and I am totally impartial in my review. It’s not the sort of book I would normally buy and that’s a shame as this was definitely my kind of book and has taught me to be more open in my choosing of books.

  • A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
    2019-03-01 15:56

    *Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.This is an anthology of stories based on superstitions and folklore. I was familiar with none of them and found them to be quite interesting. And they are most definitely not Disneyed-up. They contain sex and horror and are not for the faint-hearted. Well-written and creative, they will both titillate and horrify usually in the same story. If you enjoy having the creepy and the scary make the hairs on your body stand on end then by all means read this at night. However, if you prefer not to jump at unexpected noises and have your heart beat out of your chest then it might be best to read this in the day. Bright sunlight recommended.Each of the titles gives the main point being addressed in the tale. Ewwww, is my main reaction to all of these but they are so wonderfully written that I can’t take off points for grossing me out. Very few of these have a happily ever after, so be warned.Foreword: Voices From the Edges ~ Written in poem form. Poetry is not my thing.Against Murder Against FaithlessnessAgainst Indolence Against Deceit Against Envy Against Miserliness ~ This one is my favorite.Against Blind Rivalry ~ This is my 2nd favorite.Against Prolonging the Torment of Grief ~ This is my least favorite. Against Greed and Ingratitude Against Lechery Against Trickery in Love Against Caution

  • Fionna Guillaume
    2019-03-21 19:41

    I devoured this book - just as avidly as sneaky demons devour their human toys in this darkly delicious collection of original fairy tales. These stories, inspired by Slavic folklore, are much more than cautionary tales (although they do make up a thorough list of what-not-to-do's). With the eyes of restless spirits we watch people being overtaken by their baser natures - and getting their just comeuppance. Sexual frissons and horrified tremors take turns throughout, making me shiver in all my favorite ways. These are old-school fairy tales, not the Disnesy-fied fluff we feed to children. Sex, danger, violence, and human nature all contribute to their depth. The writing is superb; I felt transported to an older, more sophisticated, more eloquent state of mind. If you love the taste of beautiful words, your palate will be more than satisfied. And also your curiosity will be whetted by these glimpses into Eastern European culture and superstition of long ago.Just don't forget the old ways...

  • Grumpy Writer
    2019-03-03 22:59

    I was lucky enough to catch a very early draft of Ms de Maupassant’s “Tales”. It is a delightful collection of gruesome ghouls and saucy spectres doing what they do best.The sexual undertones are masterfully entwined within the tale, and the body of each short story is so beautifully written that you will forget these are newly written tales and not adaptations of centuries-old Eastern European lore, such is their construction. This is a skill particular to the author, who seems able to manipulate language to create a genuinely ‘old’ flavour – ‘The Gentlemen’s Club‘, which I reviewed a while back, being another such fine example.This occasionally saucy and often dark page-turner will make you both smile and grimace – often during the same sentence.

  • R.V. Raiment
    2019-03-07 18:53

    It was a pleasure to read a book which contains Literature (with a capital L) that is at once beautifully and intelligently written. Fairytales that are not written for children, based to some extent on Eastern European tales, this is a darkly comic and delightful read. The erotic element is fairly mild, but the book provides good, adult fun with a charming bawdiness that is too rare in our currently rather prurient times. If you are looking simply for 'stroke fiction', this may not be the book for you, but if you enjoy reading beautifully written, carefully crafted and well-researched literature, I strongly recommend it.

  • Charlie B.
    2019-02-21 20:45

    Do you like creepy stories? How about if we add a dab of humour too. perhaps a little smattering of morals?Emmanuelle De Maupassant's collection of eastern European tales will give you all that and more. if your a little nervous maybe you'll not read it before bedtime, if your the sort of person that switches on the light when you hear a strange noise in the night, or maybe pulls the covers up a little higher then this book might not be good for you either.A little something unusual, nicely written with some extra's that are just as creepy, but fear not dear reader, these are only stories after all,.....aren't they?

  • Samantha MacLeod
    2019-02-26 16:42

    When I was 12 or so, a copy of The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm found its way into my dad and step-mom’s house. This was not the Disney version.In these fairy tales, the little mermaid was spurned by the prince and turned to seafoam. Cinderella’s wicked stepmother and sisters were given red-hot iron shoes, and forced to dance until they died. And, in at least one story, children were slaughtered and baked into a pie.Needless to say, I loved the book.And I’ve never found anything quite like those stories, with their dream-like settings, brutal, capricious justice, and graphic violence.Until I picked up de Maupassant’s Cautionary Tales.Narrated by the restless spirits of the dead, these are dark, serious fairy tales. Each story is a warning – against greed, deceit, and even caution – yet they all feel fresh and surprising.I loved Cautionary Tales even more than the Brothers Grimm collection, because the good Brothers, whether through careful editing or just 19th century German sensibilities, totally ignored human sexuality. De Maupassant, however, embraces sexuality in all its forms, from human to demonic, from the dangerous seduction to the poignant pain of lost love.Over the course of these short, stand-alone tales, de Maupassant weaves a beautiful world, drawing on Slavic traditions and incorporating her deep knowledge of the culture. These stories transport you to the kitchens, bathhouses, and terrifyingly deep, dark forests of folklore…and the real world seems that much more nuanced and interesting when you return.Now if you’re excuse me, I’m off the search the forests for a certain flower. Or at least a well-endowed demon…

  • Terri Oconnell
    2019-03-02 18:09

    I loved all these quick short stories that were easy to read a few at a time The author made each story unique and come alive for the reader. Some stories were down right creepy and others were entertaining. This would be a great book o read around a adult only campfire.

  • LaGina
    2019-02-22 19:46

    What a great way to put a new spin on a fairy tale and folklore. I think this would have to be my #1 read from this author as of right now. I really hope she can bring me some more folklore with her brand of twist to it that will keep me craving more.

  • L.H. Brown
    2019-03-02 17:03

    Not really my kind of thing, but overall rather enjoyable.Perfect for Halloween 👻

  • Brienne Dubh
    2019-03-15 20:50

    As regulars to Escapology Reviews will remember, I enjoyed the f*** out of Maupassant’s ‘The Gentlemen’s Club’. I knew that ‘Cautionary Tales’ was going to be different, but I had no idea what to expect, and I’ve been burned too many times by a much-awaited latest novels to get my hopes up. So, without giving away any spoilers before you’re read my review, I’ll merely say that I now want to marry Emmanuelle and have her word babies.A beautifully crafted collection of folk tales plucked straight from any oral literature and worthy of any Wise Woman of the Black Forest. Maupassant offers an array of rich characters and visceral, almost pungent scenes. Some fable, some horror, some pure schadenfreude; all thoroughly captivating.Submit as you’re taken by the hand and led through a peregrination of human folly and endeavour. Who could resist when the Will o’ the Wisp of humanity is your Pan’s Labyrinth-esque guide:“from birth to death,We see daily labours and bread,all between hearth and bed,We see love, and lust, and loathing,We know now what feeds upon it,Oh, too well we know.Hear our stories, learn from our errors.We too were once flesh, and blood:Ignoble impulses.‘Tis a folly all too human,to presume you know better.Take heed: remember the old ways.”All this book needs is a beautifully illustrated edition worthy of her heady and evocative world.Rating: 10/10 The water didn’t get time to cool nor the bubbles diminish before I finished devoured this book.Review By Vikki Heaven @ Escapology Reviews dot com

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-03 15:10

    If these stories were a movie, you would find that the old woman telling the tales is either one of the young, buxom protagonist of one of the stories, or one of the spirits that interjects throughout the narrative. And she would likely unwrap her babushka from her head and frighten you with some hideous demon feature. This isn’t a spoiler in any way, simply the image that came into my head as I was reading.These are fairy tales that will keep you up at night, partly out of fear as you wonder if the spirits are watching your every action, partly due to the erotic voyeurism of watching others make mistakes. The reader follows the spirits as they show us the errors of many human ways. Lust and greed lead people down many paths and some people pay for their actions as a way to teach others not to follow them. Cautionary Tales is quite different from de Maupassant’s novel, The Gentlemen’s Club, but equally rich in language that draws the reader into a frightening, lustful, and delightful experience.

  • Ian D.
    2019-03-05 22:01

    I enjoyed this collection of short stories. They read very like old fairy tales, told primarily in narrative and tending towards “get what you deserve” endings. These are definitely for grown ups - bawdy and in-your-face. Forget the monsters under your bed, be scared of those peering through your windows and spying on you every day...By echoing the style of more familiar fairy tales, Emmanuelle has had to use a similar voice in each one, but they all bounce along nicely. She also employed a sneaky trick to keep readers engaged, encouraging us to imagine we’re part of the supernatural audience watching the events unfold.I look forward to reading more of Emmanuelle’s writing in due course. This sample shows her to be a very competent and imaginative storyteller.I was offered an ARC on the understanding that I would review it honestly.

  • Paul Ramage
    2019-03-07 21:11

    As a lover of folk tales on the darker side, this for me is one of the stand outs of recent years. These are cautionary tales of the consequences of our mortal failings. Lust, greed, envy, all the staples are here and dealt with in a sure and deft hand. The tone is such that they could easily have been mined directly from the Baltics themselves, but are in fact all original tales.Told through the eyes of indifferent Watchers, they tell the tales with a sense of melancholy and bewilderment at our follies.These are scary stories with a small s, tales to make you laugh and tales to make you cry and every one left me with a smile on my face.

  • Tabitha Rayne
    2019-03-09 17:07

    So I have been reading traditional Fairy Tales recently and this collection would fit perfectly. It is a wonderful gathering of erotic and dark stories that truly feel is if they are of another era. As with Emmanuelle's Gentlemen's Club, I was completely transported into another world. Sometimes horrifying, sometimes gloriously seductive but always fascinating.Great stuff! I will look forward to the next book from Ms de Maupassant