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Chaosium’s Once Upon An Apocalypse Now Available!

Posted on October 17, 2014 by Flames


Fairy tales are fantastical tales in which anything—absolutely anything—can happen. Most fairy tales don’t involve fairies. Some have morals, some don’t. Some are for kids, some aren’t. The oldest were told by adults to adults.

Fairy tales are populated by the weird and the bizarre. Elves and dragons, bridge trolls and deep-sea mermaids, sprites and goblins, talking animals and talking trees and sometimes, even fairies. There are no limits to what can be used in a fairy tale, or to what a fairy tale can be about.

Once Upon an Apocalypse contains fairy tales about zombies. Or, in some cases, zombie stories with fairies, or even fairy tales in which zombies also appear.

If you’ve never read real fairy tales then you might ask: “Wait, aren’t fairy tales cute stories about talking bunnies and Disney characters?” The answer is yes and no.

Not the old ones. If you never read the Brothers Grimm are you in for a shock! The ‘fairy tale ending’ we’ve come to know is a far cry from what Jacob and Wilhelm were writing back in early nineteenth century. Things tend to end very, very badly for the characters—even the good guys. Not all of the stories in Once Upon an Apocalypse are scary. Some are hilarious, some are tragic, and some are disturbing. However each contains a spark of real magic—that special element separating these stories from others of the horror genre.

In fairy tales absolutely anything can happen. There are no rules and there are few happy endings. These are fairy stories, and they’re zombie stories, and they are absolutely magical.

And we mean that in the least-comforting way possible.

Once Upon An Apocalypse is now available in PDF format at!


Forward by Jonathan Maberry
Wednesday’s Goats by Justin Short
Ali Baba and the Forty Zombies by Suzanne Robb
Steadfast in the face of Zombies by Trisha Wooldridge
The Oven by Sean Eads
The Seven Ravens by Celeste Hall
The Undead Rose by Christopher Peruzzi
Undead and the Shoemaker by T. Fox Dunham
And the Beast by Rachel Kenley
Alice’s Undead Adventures by Amber Keller
Mary Had a Little Limb by Wendy Dabrowski
Cinders by Katherine Marciniak
Thumbelina’s Bloodbath by Herb Shallcross
The Zombie Bridegroom by Sheri White
Matches by Randy Lindsay
Pin by John Boden
Seven by K. H. Vaughan
Giuseppe Cavaletta and His Aunts by Jeffrey C. Pettengill
Foxy and Wolf by Brian M. Sammons
The Pied Piper of Cottageville by Tracy L. Carbone
Metzger of the Acres by Sean Logan
Little Red Survivalist by Benjamin T. Smith
Four and Twenty by Stephen D. Rogers
More Than Watchmen Wait for the Dawn by Joe McKinney

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