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The Merry Spinster

(2018)
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From Mallory Ortberg comes a collection of darkly mischievous stories based on classic fairy tales. Adapted from the beloved "Children's Stories Made Horrific" series, "The Merry Spinster" takes up the trademark wit that endeared Ortberg to readers of both The Toast and the best-selling debut Texts From Jane Eyre. The feature has become among the most popular on the site, with each entry bringing in tens of thousands of views, as the stories proved a perfect vehicle for Ortberg's eye for deconstruction and destabilization. Sinister and inviting, familiar and alien all at the same time, The Merry Spinster updates traditional children's stories and fairy tales with elements of psychological horror, emotional clarity, and a keen sense of feminist mischief. Readers of The Toast will instantly recognize Ortberg's boisterous good humor and uber-nerd swagger: those new to Ortberg's oeuvre will delight in this collection's unique spin on fiction, where something a bit mischievous and unsettling is always at work just beneath the surface. Unfalteringly faithful to its beloved source material, The Merry Spinster also illuminates the unsuspected, and frequently, alarming emotional complexities at play in the stories we tell ourselves, and each other, as we tuck ourselves in for the night. Bed time will never be the same.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"Mallory Ortberg has a voracious appetite for poison apples, and a genius for finding the places in fairyland where all the bodies are buried. The Merry Spinster will ruin your most-loved fables, in the best possible way." - Charlie Jane Anders

"The secret to THE MERRY SPINSTER, I think, is that she never wanted to be your wicked stepmother--she was too busy. There are uncanny slivers of delight and recognition mixed here with the wit we all love Ortberg for, but here that wit is wielded with new force. If fairy tales are ways to describe the rules we don't dare put down on paper, in her hands they become ways to challenge those, or even to write new rules. I don't know if these stories are for bedtimes, but they are for us." - Alexander Chee

"A collection of stories delectable, formidable, and nimble. As a fantasist and short story writer, Mallory Ortberg is without peer." - Kelly Link

"Dear Reader: It would, truthfully, be simplest to call the stories in THE MERRY SPINSTER 'retellings, ' but that word does not adequately capture their dark alchemy. Mallory Ortberg has created a Frankenstein's monster of familiar narratives. . .[that swings] between Terry Pratchett's satirical jocularity and Angela Carter's sinister, shrewd storytelling, and the result is gorgeous, unsettling, splenic, cruel, and wickedly smart. I've never read anything quite like them, and I bet, Dear Reader, that you haven't either." - Carmen Maria Machado

"Dark and dreadful and persistently clever. Ortberg bloodily turns familiar tales inside out." - Rainbow Rowell

"Mallory Ortberg has the sloe gin wit of Dorothy Parker and the soul of a Classics nerd. It's like both of them sat next to each other in THE MERRY SPINSTER and gossiped away. The result is an absolute delight." - John Scalzi


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Hardback Editions

October 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Merry Spinster: Tales of everyday horror
Author(s): Daniel Mallory Ortberg
ISBN: 1-4721-5411-8 / 978-1-4721-5411-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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Paperback Editions

October 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Merry Spinster: Tales of everyday horror
Author(s): Daniel Mallory Ortberg
ISBN: 1-4721-5412-6 / 978-1-4721-5412-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corsair
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March 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
Author(s): Mallory Ortberg
ISBN: 1-250-11342-3 / 978-1-250-11342-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
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Audio Editions

July 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
Author(s): Mallory Ortberg
ISBN: 1-978607-77-6 / 978-1-978607-77-4
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
Author(s): Mallory Ortberg
ISBN: 1-978607-78-4 / 978-1-978607-78-1
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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May 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
Author(s): Mallory Ortberg
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
Author(s): Mallory Ortberg
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror
Author(s): Mallory Ortberg
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


March 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Merry Spinster: Tales of everyday horror
Author(s): Daniel Mallory Ortberg
Publisher: Corsair
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU