In this anthology, 20 authors explore the dark and hidden meanings behind some of the most beloved Mother Goose nursery rhymes through short story retellings. The dark twists on classic tales range from exploring whether Jack truly fell or if Jill pushed him instead to why Humpty Dumpty, fragile and alone, sat atop so high of a wall. The authors include Nina Berry, Sarwat Chadda, Leigh Fallon, Gretchen McNeil, and Suzanne Young.
Now, I'm particularly partial to this anthology because one of my stories is in it. My nursery rhyme? Hey Diddle, Diddle. If you've ever wondered why that dog was laughing, the cat was playing a fiddle, and a cow jumped over the moon -- well, all shall be explained in "I Come Bearing Souls." For more clues and to see some of my inspiration images, check out my Pinterest Board.
In the meantime, please consider picking up your copy now. These spooky tales are perfect to get you in the Halloween spirit - PLUS, proceeds from the first 5,000 will be donated to charity. So let's make sure those first 5,000 copies FLY off the shelves, okay?
What was your favorite Mother Goose rhyme? If you could write your own dark retelling, which rhyme would you choose?