Recent editions of Grimm's Fairy Tales have taken the tales back to their roots, which are rather gruesome. Characters get hacked, die, and even get eaten by other people.
Turns out a LOT of tales from centuries gone by were like that.
The 17th-century Italian poet Giambattista Basile served up a tasty collection (read: gross) in his The Tale of Tales.
The book is out in a new edition and headed for the movie screen; translator Nancy Canepa visits with highlights.