Everyone loves a good story, and it's probably fair to say that mostly everyone in their childhood was exposed to fairy tales, whether through children's books or classic Disney films. It's also no secret that these stories, although expunged of these elements with time and through countless folkloric retellings, were much more....unsettling, when they were originally written. The Brothers Grimm are responsible for a lot of these horrific elements, but in some cases, even their incarnations are much nicer than the originals. Almost every classic fairy tale you know includes some gruesome, disturbing, or macabre plot element in it's original form. Here are 11 unbelievable stories behind your favorite fairy tales.
We apologize if we've shattered any cherished childhood memories. Did those stories creep you out as much as it did us? Let us know in the comments!