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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume I {Classic Tales of Horror Retold} (Books 1-3 and The Final Chapter) (Paranormal)

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For the ten generations since the evil first came to Woodcutter's Grim, the Guardians have sworn an oath to protect the town from the childhood horrors that lurk in the black woods. Without them, the town would be defenseless...and the terrors would escape to the world at large.

Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume I (Classic Tales of Horror Retold) is a compilation of the first three novellas in the series and The Final Chapter.


Papa (Book 1) {romantic horror}

A wickedly horrifying rendering of the classic children's story "Hansel and Gretel", in which modern revenge is served up sweet...

Less than a year after Randall Park left his family for elementary school teacher, Amy, the unthinkable happens--his ex-wife and two children are killed in a car accident. Ever since the accident, Amy has had terrible nightmares in which Rand's son and daughter return to exact revenge on their father and Amy herself (the wicked step-mother) for abandoning them. When Rand convinces her to come away with him for a healing respite to an isolated cabin in the woods, Amy's guilt-filled nightmares turn into pure horror.

Blood of Amethyst (Book 2) {romantic horror} 

A blood-curdling answer as to why the childhood-nightmare creature Rumpelstiltskin so wanted a child of his own...

Amethyst Phillip's father--her only family--disappears in Woodcutter's Grim's evil woods. Town Sheriff and Guardian Gabe Reece sends out a search party and eventually they find the body, completely drained of blood. A devastated Amethyst refuses to do anything but carry on all by herself in the isolated area she grew up. 

But something strange is happening, and Gabe realizes it every time he drops by to check on the woman who's held his heart for long years. She's grown pale, cold. She's sleeping all the time, waking only in the night, when her taste for blood overwhelms her. Then Gabe becomes aware that something in the woods is calling to her, something that's stealing her life...

Gabe will face his deadliest foe yet when the woman he loves falls prey to a nameless creature who wants her very soul.

Dancing to the Grave (Book 3) {romantic horror}

Loosely based on "The Pied Piper of Hamelin". The children of Woodcutter's Grim are changing... and only one person, music teacher Diane Anders, realizes the truth. Can she and her husband, Kurt Jones, a member of the ancient lineage of the Protectorate's Chosen Seven, save them and the future of their town?

The Amethyst Tower (The Final Chapter) {romantic time-travel horror}

Loosely based on "Rapunzel". The isolated maiden meets her knight in a time-traveler who's come into the future to rescue her from the Warlock Lord holding her captive in the amethyst tower. Where else but in the fairy-tale-horror town of Woodcutter's Grim?

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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 8, 2018, 18:16
    Recommended Read from Dark Angel Reviews
    2008 Dream Realms Award Winner
    5 star review from Howling Good Books
    5 star review from BTSemag
    5 star review from Linda's Reviews
    4 1/2 star review from Siren Book Reviews
    Best Book of 2010 Nominee from Siren Book Reviews

    5 Stars! “The book I read is in actuality the first two books in the series along with some extra stories (which is the first volume of the series collection). I have to say, this scared me. The stories are all entwined, mentioning various characters and events throughout the volume. The horror is well written, where the things that go bump in the night are there and disguised as family, friends and stories you grew up on. The town’s fear feels very real and translates into sensory details. I couldn’t put this down, and I know I’m going to have a hard time getting it out of my head. Highly, highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good scare.” ~BTS eMag
    5 Paw Prints! “This is an anthology loosely based on fairy tales, which have a twist of the unexpected. These are definitely not our children’s fairy tales. Papa: Loosely based on Hansel and Gretel, this tale is one of horror, loss, and love. Blood of Amethyst: This is a Rumpelstiltskin that will make your hair curl as the clues work themselves out, and we find out just why Rumpelstiltskin wants a baby! Dancing to the Grave: This is a tale of mayhem and an interesting look at The Pied Piper. The Amethyst Tower: Prince has known there is much expected of him. He has known that since the day that he was born. But his dreams of his love, with Rapunzel-like hair, that is locked in a tower somewhere within the confines of his strange town make him wonder if he will ever be what the world need. WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES by Karen Wiesner is a thrilling collection of tales to read on a dark stormy night. The stories flow into one another so that it seems as though they’re just one story instead of an anthology. If you are looking only for a Happily Ever After, then be forewarned that not all of these tales may qualify, but they all lead the reader through the twisted streets of a town that is steeped not only in superstition but also in fairy tales. Beware the streets of Woodcutter’s Grim on All Hallow’s Eve, lest the creatures that prowl the night come to bear witness to the deals you strike with their devil. This is definitely a book that I will reread! And one I recommend to any parent who enjoyed the original tales before they were remade for children. This loosely based set of stories brings to mind just how creepy the original tales were!”
    ~Howling Good Books
    5 Stars! “This is the second novel of Karen Wiesner’s that I’ve read (though she has MANY many more) and I must say, I enjoyed it just as much! Her writing style is easily recognisable, and brings this collection of stories to life. Woodcutter’s Grim is a series of short stories, all based on the fairytales everyone’s heard. But what makes this volume fascinating is that each story has one--or several--very unexpected twists that makes it entirely unique! If you like to see fairytales in a darker context, a horror twist, something very different to the ones you heard in your childhood, this is definitely the book for you. Karen Wiesner’s skill in character development, unique character voices and realistic dialogue, and exposition that paints a vivid picture of the book’s world make Woodcutter’s Grim an awesome read!” ~Author Jenna Whittaker
    5 Stars! “I freely chose to review this book as I wanted to know what happened next in the series. I liked that Ms. Wiesner chose to let readers know what happened to all the Shaussegeny family's curse as more parents, siblings and mates united. For ten generations, evil appeared in Woodcutter's Grim and all of the townsfolk kept their distance from the woods and the family, but [in “Moonlight Becomes You”, Book 4] Lance chose to flee and get as far away as possible from his destiny. In the end, he had to return and embrace the curse. From fighting a Sea Witch in the lake [in “Bewitched”, Book 5] to fighting for their chosen mates [in “One Night of Eternity”, Book 6], the family endures the pain and death to claim their mates! I loved that [in “Beauty is the Beast”, Book 7] Ransom tried to find a cure for his family and chose not to give in to the evil curse, but will the family have the curse removed from them all or is Ransom doomed to fail? I truly hope that the story continues as I fell in love with the whole family!” ~Linda’s Reviews
    Highest Rating! "Welcome to Woodcutter's Grim, where your own horrors come to life and the evil ones follow the classic children’s fairy tales, adding a little blood and death in the mix. The ancient Seven Guardians will do anything in their power to keep everyone in this little town alive, but when evil ups the ante will, it be enough to keep everyone safe? Papa is one wickedly twisted story that runs parallel with Hansel and Gretel, but it's ten times more exciting. I loved this story from beginning to ending. Rand and Amy are having one heck of a time with the death of Rand's kids and Amy is having a much harder time yet because she feels somewhat responsible for their deaths. I was so happy that they were able to work on their love and relationship, even when they were being chased by the evil. I also loved that Rand gets to play the hero. It makes the story that much better. I have to tell you, the horror elements in this story were both bone-chilling and exciting at the same time. I read page for page, as fast as I possibly could. Ms. Wiesner knows how to mix horror and romance together so you are scared and yet happy that the couple is in love. Wow, Blood of Amethyst was a great, blood-curdling story. We get to learn a little more about the wicked ways of the town known as Woodcutter's Grim and also the Guardians sworn to protect this little town. I once again was amaze at the depth of horror I felt when Ms. Wiesner described the wicked evil that lurked out in the woods. Rumpelstiltskin is the classic tale this one is based on and I will never forget the pictures that came to mind while I read this story. I loved how Gabe was so excited about his life with Amethyst and their new baby to be. The contract between the loving, caring man and the sheriff and guardian of the town was a great addition to the story. We get to see two great sides of the sexy man. Dancing to the Grave was a great love story with a twist of evil demise thrown in along the way. In this story, we get to see Diane and Kurt healing and loving each other again after a mistake six months earlier split them apart. With the loss of their baby, Kurt tried to find a way to heal without Diane. Now that they've reunited, they love each other more than before, but the mistake is still hanging about and they both still think about it quite a bit. It gets put on the back burner quickly when the children at Diane school start to get sick and miss class. Then, when they do return, we see some exotic behavior from the children. Poor Diane can't stop sneezing, and to make matters worse, the new band teacher is a little on the 'weird' side and might have it out for Diane. I think the turning point for me was when Kurt was hurt guarding the woods and when he returned home, Diane was able to make him feel better. I was hoping I knew where the story was going and was excited that Ms. Wiesner would throw that little curve ball in to make the story so much more exciting. This story gave me major goose bumps when I realized that this was based on the classic story The Pied Piper of Hamelin. You can't miss the great story. The Amethyst Tower by far was my favorite. I had goose bumps pretty much during the whole story. Prince is expected to find Rapunzel and save her. His dreams are starting to take a toll and time is running out before he dies, only to be born again, and start the search for her over again. Poor Rapunzel she is locked away in her tower with no choices and the nasty father of her gave me the creeps. Once again, I have to give Ms. Wiesner props for such a wonderful and scary story. She has re-written Rupunzel and has done it beautifully. I also loved this story because Prince was the son of Gabe and Amethyst and had such a special yet horrible life. And just wait till you read the last page. It was the best in the whole book. WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, Volume I by Karen Wiesner is a spooky read that will have you re-thinking classic fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and Rapunzel. I was instantly sucked into this book from page one and spent my whole afternoon engrossed in these scary tales. I would like to applaud Mrs. Wiesner for her graphic imagination that had her intertwine romance and horror around every corner. One minute I was smiling because there was a bit of romance, then the next I was scared and had goose bumps! I hope she continues to write these types of stories because I would love to get my hands on another one of these books. I will recommend this book to everyone that I can." ~Dark Angel Reviews
    4 1/2 Stones! “There's a town somewhere in America where evil lurks. Escaping through a portal in time, the darkness torments the town of Woodcutter's Grim by performing acts of mischief and harm by warping those fairy tales most of us grew up reading and enjoying. But, though the townspeople feel this evil in their being, the Protectorate works tirelessly to keep the evil behind the scenes. It is up to them to protect the people from the evil as well as figure out what mischief is being conducted. Getting right to the point: This is a must read! Being one of those people who've grown up on fairy tales such as Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and the likes, I found it so very intriguing how the author not only reminds the readers of past tales, but incorporates the same look, feel and even more emotion for a modern-day audience with a very modern approach to each. This is not a story for kids! There is love, romance and steamy scenes that play so well into these stories. I loved the characters and how each played into the overall story, how each story played into the overall book. Karen Wiesner has taken me for a ride into her world and I have to admit, I was saddened to leave Woodcutter's Grim when I finished the book. Karen made my blood boil, my nerves fray and even more importantly, my heart ached for her characters. I would suggest all read this as soon as possible. By all means, sit in your favorite chair on a nice night and let Karen take you for a ride! This is one of those books I would love to have in hard cover, sitting on my bookshelf to pull out at any time to sit and enjoy.” ~Siren Book Reviews
    4 Stars! "In Wiesner's well-written stories, familiar fairy-tale characters come to life as horrific monsters in a fictional town with a terrifying life force of its own. Characters are well drawn, but beware the clever townspeople, because everyone is suspect. Although each delightfully haunting tale can be read as a stand-alone, they are interrelated." ~Romantic Times BOOKreviews
    4 Lips! “Karen Wiesner writes four chilling books that are all written around your favorite fairy tales. Papa, Book 1 is based around the characters Hansel and Gretel. Blood of Amethyst, Book 2, is based off of the evil Rumpelstiltskin. Dancing to the Grave, Book 3, is based around The Pied Piper of Hamlin. Last but not least The Amethyst Tower, Book 4, is based around the beautiful Rapunzel. Karen also writes the stories around Halloween and that gives the stories a much scarier feel when you are reading them. Readers, this fantastic book should be read around Halloween. Don't forget, though, when you turn your lights out you may hear things that go bump in the night. Great job, Karen. I love how you combined romance and horror into these wonderful short stories. I really enjoyed your book, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to review it!”
    4 Cups! ""Papa": This story, like the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, has a macabre and disturbing undertone. The characters of Rand and Amy become unwitting pawns to his dead wife's deal with evil. This really makes you think twice about reading those innocent little fairy tales to your children. "Blood of Amethyst": Rumpelstiltskin comes to life and wants fresh blood in this story with a vampire flare. Gabe and Amethyst are both completely devoted to their respective lives, and this leads them on a path of pain and despair. I found this to be the saddest story of the series, but very poignant. "Dancing to the Grave": This story gives you one more reason to intensely dislike rodents, and is probably my favorite book in the series. Diana and Kurt are equally strong and interesting characters. Their story is one of love, and a devotion to fight together in order to save their marriage. "The Amethyst Tower": The weight of the world rests on one man's shoulders, and he is slowly crumbling. This tale is the last in a wonderfully spooky series, and it does not disappoint. Prince is pushed to the edge, and not knowing if he will survive keeps you guessing right up until the end. The Woodcutter's Grim Series takes childhood fairy tales to the extreme. They are all somewhat creepy if you really think about them. It is no wonder kids have nightmares after hearing them. I enjoyed them all, but Book 3 is my favorite with its equally strong characters. The ending ties them all together, and leaves just enough to the imagination. You are just waiting for the low eerie music to start playing before the curtains falls. Sleep tight!" ~reviewed by Lototy for Coffee Time Romance
    4 Stars! “These four frighteningly amazing stories put a whole new twist on some old fairy tales. WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, Volume I has four romantic horror stories that are all loosely based on fairytales. The stories were written very well and they captured my imagination with their imagery and the descriptive scenes. Papa was a clever twist on the tale of Hansel and Gretel. In this story, Randall had left his wife for Amy and found out later that his ex-wife and their two kids had died in a tragic accident. Since then Amy has had horrible dreams of the kids coming to take revenge on them for what they had done. I was completely engrossed in this story and the story definitely held some surprises that kept me on my toes. This was a true horror story that will keep you up at night and make sure you never think about the story of Hansel and Gretel the same way again. Blood of Amethyst was a romantic and chilling tale that tested the strength of a man's love for a woman and how far he would go to protect her. In this story Gabe will face one of his greatest challenges yet to save the woman he loves from the evil monster who wants her soul. This was one of my favorites not only because of Gabe (who is amazing by the way), but because it had one of my favorite fairy tale characters, Rumpelstiltskin. I also liked learning more about the creature behind this heinous act and how he fit into everything. Dancing to the Grave was loosely based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin and was a thrilling mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. This was one of the more exciting stories of the four, and I really liked how Diana and Kurt worked together and how the author was able to turn the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin into an adventure filled thriller with a bit of romance as well. The Amethyst Tower is based on Rapunzel and in this version her knight in shining armor happens to be a time traveler. These two were fun to get to know and this was one of my absolute favorite retellings of this story. The characters were well written and the story kept you interested with the different twists and turns. I really liked the fact that the hero was a time-traveler. It was an interesting twist to the story. All of these stories kept me riveted to the pages and anxious to see what would happen next. Fans of wicked romances with mystery and danger lurking in every page will love this series!” ~The Romance Reviews
    4.25 Stars Overall! “Papa, Book 1: 5 Stars! This story gave me the exact same eerie feeling that I experienced as I watched the movie titled (based on a video game) Silent Hill. This tale is the first of a novella series about the Great Evil that dwells in the town of Woodcutter's Grim and its surrounding woods. The Great Evil likes to manifest itself in dark, twisted versions of fairy tales. My advice is to not read this story at night if you are alone. Blood of Amethyst, Book 2, 4 Stars! Ever wonder why Rumpelstilskin wanted a child of his own? This story gives and answer that will send chills up your spine. Sheriff Gabe Reece had a small role to play in the previous tale, but this time the Guardian takes center stage. Readers learn a little about the town's past, as well as the responsibilities that rest upon the shoulders of Gabe and the Brethren. An intriguing read. Dancing to the Grave, Book 3, 4 Stars! Though this series is basically a blending of romance and horror, the author leaned toward using mystery and suspense in this particular tale. The Brethren have been minus one member since the night of Prince's birth. By the end of this story, the seat will be filled and the Brethren undergo a change or two. Chills never raced down my spine while reading this one, but the suspense kept my eyes glued. The Amethyst Tower, The Final Chapter, 4 Stars! This exciting time-traveling romance ties up all the prophecy's loose strings nicely. After I finished reading this book and its addictive stories, I was left wanting more. Four novellas were just not enough to satisfy my craving for Woodcutter's Grim. To my delight, I have been told that the author has another set of stories set within the Woodcutter's Grim Series. (Volume II contains a four-book [novellas] miniseries dealing with a curse on the Shaussegeny family. These stories are also loosely based on classic fairy tales.) The chills just keep on coming!” ~Huntress Reviews
    “I don't like short stories. To me, short stories have always seemed like an easy way out. Someone comes up with a good kernel of an idea, and just writes that, without fleshing it out all the way into a story. I'm always left frustrated. Why did they make that decision? How is that they reached this age and didn't know something that was crucial to the story? What happens next? They never have closure; to me, it seems the story usually stops without being finished. That is not what happens here. Karen Wiesner has written four stories that are fully formed short stories on their own. They are linked by the setting, Woodcutter's Grim, and many of the characters carry from one story to the next, but different people get to shine in each story. Karen Wiesner here has called what we normally call fairy tales, “classic tales of horror.” This choice really emphasizes that most people don't realize how scary and frightening children's songs, television shows, and stories really are. For example, did you know that ring around a rosy is a song about dying from the bubonic plague? Do you realize that Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water, and Jack fell down and hit his head so hard that it split his head open? Think about how frightened Jill must have been as she ran to fetch the nanny. The stories in this book: Papa, Blood of Amethyst, Dancing to the Grave, and The Amethyst Tower are all re-tellings of fairy tales. It seems that evil took hold of the town Woodcutter's Grim one day, and the evil likes to possess the town and its inhabitants and force people into reenacting fairy tales. This isn't a happy possession; no Cinderella or Snow White here. The problem is that the evil has begun to seep outside the town limits and the town's protectors aren't able to keep the evil restricted to Woodcutter's Grim anymore. In the first story, Papa, the evil reaches out and grabs someone with a tenuous connection to Woodcutter's Grim, and forces them to re-enact Hansel and Gretel. Rand and his wife Amy are struggling to deal with the death of Rand's first wife and his two children. Amy has fallen into a deep depression, which Rand tries to fix by taking a vacation weekend in Woodcutter's Grim. Needless to say, it does not go well. This story introduces us to the evil of Woodcutter's Grim. Blood of Amethyst, Dancing to the Grave, and The Amethyst Tower are all set in Woodcutter's Grim, explain the hold that evil has on the town, and gives us a look into three other couples. Blood of Amethyst explains what Rumplestiltskin really wanted with the baby he tried to steal from the princess. In Dancing to the Grave, we learn how the Pied Piper enthralled the town's children. The Amethyst Tower is an explanation of why Rapunzel's hair grew that much, how the prince found the tower, and what happened when they climbed down her hair. The overarching story of the evil of Woodcutter's Grim, introduced in Papa, is explained and dealt with in the remaining stories. All four have elements of horror but also a healthy dose of romance between our protagonists. In each, they struggle with the evil that threatens to overtake and destroy their relationships and their lives. These women almost lose their Prince Charmings through depression, infidelity, the death of a parent, etc.—things we can all relate to. In this book, not only does love prevail, but good triumphs over evil and you get two happy endings for the price of one.” ~Happily Ever After Reviews
    "WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES is a collection of classic horror stories retold with a modern flair. "Papa" ( Hansel and Gretel), "Blood of Amethyst" (Rumpelstiltskin), "Dancing to the Grave" (The Pied Piper of Hamlin) and "The Amethyst Tower" (Rapunzel) are classic fairy tales with a new twist. The entire anthology is set in present times as well as having elements of history thrown in. Woodcutter’s Grim is a town that has been plagued by evil for ten generations. They have also been protected by the Guardians for just as long. Without the Guardians, the terrors found in the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim would put the town and the world at risk. This anthology was very well put together and each story was like a book all by itself. The storyline was well developed and resolved at the end. The stories are definitely for adults, and were written in a way that made me care for all of the primary characters. The dialogue was realistic and I was entertained by each story. Some elements were a little harsh, but it set the tone of the story." ~Paranormal Romance Reviews
    "This was a great set of stories all set or based around the town of Woodcutter's Grim--a place that I would not recommend living in or visiting at anytime...especially Halloween. This was a nice scary read with all the stories having a modern fairy tale twist. "Papa" is the opening story in this book about Woodcutter's Grim. This story is based on the classic tale Hansel and Gretel. Instead of a story for children to teach them some morals, this is horror pure with a hint of romance. The suspense builds throughout the whole tale with every twist and is sure to give any reader more and more goosebumps as things unfold. It is already clear from this first story that Woodcutters Grim is not a place where you can spend a nice quiet holiday. The second story the author offers up is called "Blood Amethyst". This story is similar to the tale of Rumplestiltskin with a horrible scary twist. After this second story, it is clear that the author has a knack for writing a good horror story with a pinch of romance that lightens the mood a little. "Dancing to the Grave is the third story in the Woodcutters Grim Series collection. This never before published tale is based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The characters were likable...and the storyline was clever and interesting... The last part in this collection is "The Amethyst Tower" and is based on the story of Rapunzel but it is set in the future...[with] some interesting pieces to add to the story of Woodcutter's Grim... All in all, this collection of stories about Woodcutters Grim is a great set of stories. With every tale connected to each other and all set around Halloween, this was a scary piece of work. Paranormal romance and full of horror, this is a book that shouldn't be read late at night. Things that go bump in the night would be afraid of Woodcutter's Grim. The author can write a good story and, even though these tales are all part of a series, they also stand alone very well. If you like something unusual, love and little mystery, then this is something worth having a taste of." ~Front Street Reviews
    "Instead of spending your Halloween handing out Trick-or-Treat candy or watching reruns of classic horror movies, spend it with a fantastic novel of four romantic horror stories and a glass of mulled cider. Enjoy a spine tingling experience with the awesome genius of Karen Wiesner. She has taken four of the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales and rewritten them in her own unique style turning them into new modern horror tales. Each tale is terrifying and weaves perfectly into the next." ~Writers Unlimited
    ""Papa": A very dark take on Hansel and Gretel, "Papa" will chill the soul. This tale introduces readers to the town of Woodcutter’s Grim and the evil and sets up some of the characters, primarily the Guardians, who will create the thread between the stories. "Blood of Amethyst": Rumpelstiltskin comes to life in "Blood of Amethyst". A bleak and scary tale, "Blood of Amethyst", provides more background information on the town, its history, and its future. "Dancing to the Grave": Denied what it wants, the evil of Woodcutter’s Grim has returned to attack the town’s lifeblood…their children. "Dancing to the Grave" is a modern and definitely darker take on the Pied Piper of Hamlin tale. Diana is a strong woman who has weathered some very hard times. Diana’s relationship to Amethyst ties this tale to the previous one and sets up the final denouement. "The Amethyst Tower": The final chapter of the series, "The Amethyst Tower" brings Rapunzel to life. The innocent fairy princess will either be saved or sacrificed, ultimately restoring or dooming the world. A world-weary knight must find the castle, destroy the beast, and save the princess.A bit grimmer than Grimm's fairy tales, WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES will take you on a chilling journey through the darkness of night. Take a ride with author Karen Wiesner to see if the characters make it to the light." ~Romance Reviews Today
    5 Stars! ""Papa": A delightful tale. "Blood of Amethyst": Incredible storytelling. “Dancing To the Grave”: A deliciously spooky tale. “The Amethyst Tower”: A beautiful adult fairy tale. Retelling classic fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Rapunzel) has been done many times over the years. Few authors keep them classic yet scarier like Karen Wiesner has achieved with this collection; the audience will feel they are entering the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim and sense they may not get out. The key that makes this quartet superb is the feeling everything starts of normal like a second chance at love (“Papa” and “Dancing to the Grave”), a concerned lover (“Blood of Amethyst) or a hero rescuing his damsel in distress (“The Amethyst Tower). Then Ms. Wiesner deftly changes the venue in each into frightening fantasy novellas. This is an excellent anthology in which the readers will want more stops in Woodcutter’s Grim, sort of like a Hotel California adult fairy tale location." ~Harriet Klausner
    “This collection is made up of four stories that actually link together to create one whole. Each story is loosely based on a fairy tale. (One fairy tale has a mythology twist.) The first story “Papa” reminds me of a blend between the horror movie "Silent Hill" and the fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel". The second, “Blood of Amethyst”, makes me think of it as a blend between Stephen King's horror movie "Needful Things" and the fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin". The third story, “Dancing to the Grave”, blends the goat-god Pan and the fairy tale "The Pied Piper of Hamelin". The last, “The Amethyst Tower”, is a wild time travel fantasy with the fairy tale of "Rapunzel." All four stories are set at Halloween and EVERYTHING is a circle. I could not begin to guess which story is my favorite, but...the first tale sent icy chills down my spine. All-in-all, horror fans will find this the perfect way to spend a stormy night alone.” ~Huntress Reviews
    “A bit grimmer than Grimm’s fairy tales, WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES will take you on a chilling journey through the darkness of night. Take a ride with author Karen Wiesner to see if the characters make it to the light.” ~Romance Reviews Today
    "Karen Wiesner's anthology, WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, presents four tales based loosely on classic tales. Make no mistake however; these are powerful, contemporary tales of the paranormal, with a sprinkle of romance mixed in. In the first, "Papa" guilt and sorrow twist together, to add torment to the moralistic self-judgment of Amy; her feelings threaten to end the couple's heartfelt relationship until moving too close to a certain forest threatens far more. In the next, "Blood of Amethyst," the dedication, and determination of the hero, Gabe (easily the most appealing character in all the tales) are as pivotal as love. "Dancing to the Grave" is a standout strange tale even among these; in this story, community (and the fate of the children) becomes a driving force. Finally, "The Amethyst Tower," features the classic lovelorn heroine/captive in a completely unpredictable plot. Each of these, although presented as a twist on an old tale, features a very original plot and emotional characters in evocative situations. A haunting, dark quality pervades all four, adding to the plausibility of some otherwise bizarre events (not to mention characters). The haunting quality is often derived from recall of the past, or a specific character's reflection on the past. The slower times contrast sharply with the more spine-tingling times. These stories are an enjoyable read, although best perhaps NOT at bedtime!" ~Long and Short Reviews
    “Since I'm a big fan of retold fairy tales, I enjoyed these innovative variations on the theme very much. Although the stories could stand alone, they build upon each other to form a unified although episodic novel. This book contains genuine horror, so don't count on finding unequivocal happy endings. By the conclusion of "The Amethyst Tower," however, peace at last descends on Woodcutter's Grim.” ~author Margaret L. Carter

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Writers Exchange is a Christian publishing house, although we do publish many, many other genres and not all our authors are Christian:)

We have been publishing and selling books since 2000, but in 2017 we decided to sell MOST of our books exclusively from Amazon. A number of our books are also available from other retailers. We have made it very easy for you to find our books from whichever retailer you prefer, either in the "buy" links on each book page, but also by the Menu Item "Our Books by Retailer" which will show you our books at Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble and Kobo.

So what is here, that is not available at Amazon and other distributors?
* "Universe" pages that go into a lot more detail about the various fictional universes some of our authors have created,
* Free Short Stories by our authors (which will also be on our blog)
* upcoming: author interviews - which will also be on our blog (where you can get new content/releases emailed directly to you!)
* and other fun things as we think of them :)

We hope you enjoy!

If you wish to contact us by email (including for submissions), please email:

We have supplied the address as a graphic, to prevent bots, so you will have to type it into your email program manually :)

Our books are also sorted by size to make your buying decisions easier:

Word Count
words and over

40,000 - 99,000


17,500 to 39,999 words



7, 500 to 17,499 words


under 7,500 words

500 words or under