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"Snow, Glass, Apples" is a 1994 short story written by Neil Gaiman. It originally appeared in the anthology Love in Vein II, edited by Poppy Z. Brite. It was later released as a benefit book for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.[1]

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Plot

The story retells the famous fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves from the point of view of Snow White's stepmother, who is traditionally the villain of the piece but is here depicted as struggling desperately - and ultimately, unsuccessfully, as the "happy ending" takes place on schedule - to save the kingdom from her unnatural and monstrous stepdaughter.

The story incorporates themes of vampirism, incest, pedophilia, and necrophilia.

Publication

"Snow, Glass, Apples" is included in Gaiman's collection, Smoke and Mirrors.

It was adapted by the author into an audio drama, which was produced by Seeing Ear Theatre in 2001, starring Bebe Neuwirth. (This was the second of two collaborations between Gaiman and Seeing Ear Theatre, following Murder Mysteries, and the two adaptations have been released together on CD under the title Two Plays for Voices.)

References in other media

The story is also referenced in the 2002 Tori Amos song "Carbon".

A similar revisionist take on the story of Snow White as a tale of vampirism can be found in the short story "Red As Blood" by Tanith Lee, found in the 1983 story collection Red as Blood, or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer.

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