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Review: Wonderland: An Anthology edited by Marie O’Regan & Paul Kane

Wonderland is an anthology that brings back the magic, the macabre, and the mayhem to Alice and Wonderland.


Join Alice as she is thrown into the whirlwind of Wonderland, in an anthology that bends the traditional notions of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel. Contributors include the bestselling M.R. Carey, Genevieve Cogman, Catriona Ward, Rio Youers and L.L. McKinney.

Within these pages you’ll find myriad approaches to Alice, from horror to historical. There’s even a Wild West tale from Angela Slatter, poetry, and a story by Laura Mauro which presents us with a Japanese folklore-inspired Wonderland.

Alison Littlewood, Cavan Scott and Catriona Ward make the more outlandish elements their own, while James Lovegrove instead draws on the supernatural. Cat Rambo takes us to a part of Wonderland we haven’t seen before and Lilith Saintcrow gives the legend a science-fiction spin. The nightmarish reaches of the imagination are the breeding ground for M.R. Carey’s visions, while Robert Shearman, George Mann, Rio Youers and Mark Chadbourn’s tales have a deep-seated emotional core which will shock, surprise and tug on the heart-strings.

So, it’s time now to go down the rabbit hole, or through the looking-glass or… But no, wait. By picking up this book and starting to read it you’re already there, can’t you see?


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Wonderland: An Anthology travels in so many different directions. Whether it’s a story that fixates on the wondrous portals in the form of rabbit holes, or the mysterious creatures that populate Wonderland. If you like any of the authors, this anthology is a sure bet. You may recognize the contributors from books of their own featuring zombies, survival stories, and fantasy worlds. This anthology makes you recall your first experiences with Alice and Wonderland.

I read Alice for the first time in high school, but I knew about the story before that. For many, the Disney film might have been our first brush with Alice. But what Wonderland: An Anthology brings is a myriad of different images. It captures the escapism, the wacky, and the wondrous. The darkness, the possibility of a lack or rules, and the adventure. Or it could be Alice’s rebellious spirit, her curiosity, or determination. You’ll love reading your old favorite authors, while being curious yourself about the new words.

Find Wonderland: An Anthology on Goodreads, Amazon (UK) (US), and The Book Depository.


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