There’s only a week left until Chris Colfer’s first novel The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell hits shelves, and for those of you who miss hearing his golden voice every week, EW has an exclusive aural treat. The audiobook version of The Land of Stories will also be available on July 17, and it features the Glee star reading his own work.
Described as a “modern-day fairy tale,” the book will focus on twins Alex and Conner, who leave the real world behind and find themselves in a land where they come face-to-face with the fairy-tale characters — witches, goblins, trolls — they’ve always read about.
See below for a never-before-heard snippet!
Read along with Chris:
Suddenly, a piercing scream sounded across the land. All three of them jerked their heads toward it.
“Let me go!” a woman screamed.
“What’s going on?” Alex asked.
Soon they heard a galloping horse approaching and felt the thumps of its hooves through the ground. Coming toward them at full speed from the distance was a familiar cream‑colored horse.
“It’s Porridge!” Conner said. “And Goldilocks!”
Goldilocks and Porridge were charging toward the Thornbush Pit—and they were dragging Queen Red Riding Hood behind them!
The twins and Froggy all stood motionless at the sight of it. They thought their eyes were playing tricks on their brains.
“Do you see this, too? Or am I imagining it?” Conner asked.
“I order you to release me at once!” Red Riding Hood said. Her dress was so big and layered that she wasn’t harmed from being dragged, but she was extremely aggravated. “Do you have any idea what my soldiers are going to do to you once they catch you?”
“Oh, shut up, you red‑hooded harlot!” Goldilocks said.
She and Porridge stopped a short distance from the twins and Froggy. Goldilocks hopped down and then dragged Red Riding Hood past them to the Thornbush Pit. She vaguely recognized the twins.
“I remember you,” Goldilocks said.
“Hi there,” Alex said.
“Do you need a hand?” Conner asked.
“Nope,” Goldilocks said. “Just taking out the trash.”
I love when Colfer does the Red Riding Hood voice. What are your thoughts?
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