I have heard a couple people talk about how a lot of the new re-tellings of the classic fairy tales are so much darker then the originals. I guess they must think that the Disney versions, or the little pretty picture books are the originals, because seriously, the original tales could almost all be part of a Halloween Horror Fest. For example
Cinderella - A tale of a girl who works hard and finally gets the prince and palace she deserves...or is it a tale of how even after getting her prince and crown, a flock of birds comes and pecks the step-sisters and step-mothers eyes out. This of course after the step-mother aids her girls in mutilating their own feet for a chance at the prince. That's happily ever after for you.
Sleeping Beauty - A lovely story of a princess woken up by true loves kiss...awwww. Wait, there is more. Yep the rest of the story is about how the princess Ogress of a mother attempts to eat Sleeping Beauty's children, and not being happy with that, tries to eat her too! Yay cannabalism.
Hansel and Gretel - Speaking of cannabalism, what is with fairy tales and child eating witches hmmm? Here we have two sweet innocent kids, who not only get abandonded, but then live through the terror of the witch's house, where one child has to sit by helplessly as her brother is fattened up to be eaten, Talks about your dread and horror.
Rapunzel - Rapunzel, Repunzel let down your golden hair...ooops another evil witch, and depending on the story several princes died, or in a "happier" version the poor princes gouges his eyes out on thorns. Of course we then have the requisite wandering in the desert wilds until they find each other, and hopefully a good phsyciatrist.
The Red Shoes - If you want a good old fashioned horror story, look no further then this moralistic beauty. The poor girl in this story is punished for her vanity by being forced to dance with no rest, and then to try and get some relief she chops her own feet off. She then in pennance allows her self to be viewed and humiliated as a lesson to the other until she dies. Happy Times.
Grimm's Fairy Tales as our traditional book of horror every Halloween. Happy Reading Everybody!