When we were little, our mother would read bedtime stories to us from the old book of fairytales her mother told her at bedtime.
She’d sit on the edge of the bed and open a huge, frayed, rectangular hard-cover book and tell us what happened to Hanzel and Gretel. Or what happened to Little Red Riding Hood.
The book had lovely script font and haunting and amazingly detailed illustrations.
I couldn’t get enough of those creepy, not-quite-sensical storylines….
These 25 stories don’t have your typical happy endings. They’re rather gruesome and shocking tales sometimes.
Originally, fairytales used to be aimed at both adult and child alike. Children were expected to grow up much more quickly in those days. They weren’t emotionally sheltered like they have been for the last 25 years.