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In Sleeping Beauty's Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales

In Sleeping Beauty's Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales

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by Mitzi Szereto, Tobsha Learner

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A traditional source of sexual titillation for adult readers, fairy tales historically featured licentious themes before being cleaned up for the consumption of children in modern times. Seasoned erotica author Mitzi Szereto restores the explicit sex in the 15 tales in this provocative book — and adds a few surprises of her own. Here the bawdy humor of French


A traditional source of sexual titillation for adult readers, fairy tales historically featured licentious themes before being cleaned up for the consumption of children in modern times. Seasoned erotica author Mitzi Szereto restores the explicit sex in the 15 tales in this provocative book — and adds a few surprises of her own. Here the bawdy humor of French fable meets the sublime eroticism of ancient Chinese myth as a far from virginal damsel weds a Prince Charming with a shoe fetish; Little Red Riding Hood discovers Grandma’s bed is open to any stray wolf; and a Japanese monk stumbles onto an S/M scene behind a forbidden door. Each tale is prefaced by a brief introduction telling its history and the sexual culture in which it was originally composed.

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"Who can resist the erotic origins of fairy tales, from Little Red to Rapunzel's long braid? Szereto knows her way around the mythic scholarship and the most outrageous sexual deviations in Pandora's Box."—Susie Bright

"Like Rollins (see The Empress's New Lingerie, reviewed above), Szereto explains that the sexual content of most fairy tales was deleted by the likes of the Brothers Grimm to make them more family-friendly. Instead of researching and restoring the original erotic elements of each tale, however, the author chose to work from the clean versions and eroticize them as she saw fit, making the stories her own. The writing is sometimes uneven, as she attempts to maintain an antiquated fairy-tale narration but includes some modern phrases. While some of her rewrites take the obvious route (the above-mentioned shoe fetishism of "Cinderella"), each story contains some surprising new aspects, and none seems clich d or unoriginal. The results, in fact, are sexy and often quite humorous Rapunzel, for example, becomes a "rapstress," enticing a horseman with her rhymes. The tales chosen by Szereto, who has published four volumes of erotica under the pen name M.S. Valentine, are quite diverse, and she includes an introduction explaining the origin and history of each. Enthusiastically recommended." --Amanda Glasbrenner, "Library Journal"

"A deliciously fresh and sexy look at fairy tales. Szereto takes our modern, sanitized versions and gives them an earthy twist."-- Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author

“opens whole new perspectives into the lands and lusts of fairy tales. After reading this enchanting book, you might wish to read bedside tales to adults, rather than mere children…”- Maxim Jakubowski, editor, the Mammoth Book of New Erotica

"Making their way into the spotlight again, classic fairy tale characters like Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, just to name a few, are brought back to life in Mitzi Szereto's delightful collection of erotic fairy tales. Mitzi takes these stories back to their roots and re-creates them with an intriguing mixture of humor, satire and wit. I particularly like the way she preserved the tale's original disposition, giving a mysterious, Eastern flair to stories like The Goblin of Adachigahara and The Magic Muntr.

Deserving a write up all their own, the bonus introductions written for each story were a brilliant touch. Mitzi relates the history of her fairy tales in fascinating detail. As with her stories, this background information is delivered in Mitzi's clever and humorous, tongue-in-cheek manner, which is a real pleasure to experience.

In her Romp Through the Classics, Mitzi Szereto breaths life into even the most ancient tales dating back to a time before recorded history. Fairy tale lovers will definitely want to add her rousingly fun and entertaining book to their collection."--NANCY MADORE, Bestselling Author of Enchanted; Erotic Bedtime Stories for Women

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Mitzi Szereto is an author and anthology editor of erotic and multi-genre fiction and nonfiction. She has her own blog Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog (mitziszereto.com/blog), and a web TV channel Mitzi TV (mitziszereto.com/tv), which covers the quirky side of London. Her books include The Wilde Passions of Dorian Grey, Red Velvet and Absinthe, Thrones of Desire, Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, and Normal for Norfolk: The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles. She divides her time between Atlanta and London. Darker Edge of Desire "Diverse, edgy, and infused with fantasy and horror, this chilling anthology of incendiary short stories is certainly not your typical Halloween romance anthology, but it will appeal to fans of the dark, erotic, and forbidden who don’t expect traditional love stories or “happily ever afters.”" —Library Journal “Worthy of note is Gary Earl Ross’s ‘Sister Bessie’s Boys,’ a delicate story about growing up, overcoming loss, and truly attempting to know other people. Another strong story is Szereto’s own ‘The Dracula Club,’ about a Dracula-obsessed American who follows her dreams to Transylvania and finds more than she expected. The most Gothic of the successful stories, Jo Wu’s ‘Devoured by Envy,’ charts ballerina Giselle’s self-destructive obsession with a man who refused her sexual overtures and married another woman." —Publishers Weekly "Darker Edge of Desire does not provide us with experimental horror nor does it give us neatly wrapped stories. What it does provide is excitement, scads of it. This book is really excellent, each story as delightful as the last." —Fresh Fiction

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In Sleeping Beauty's Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Ambit More than 1 year ago
My review copy of Mitzi Szereto's erotic fairy tales came sizzling through my letter box in time for me to read over the Christmas period. Of course I was travelling around the UK visiting relatives and many an eyebrow lifted at the sight of the book along with its saucy cover image. For the more prudish relative I explained that I was doing research because each tale has the historical background of the literary and folklore in fascinating detail before we are treated to a fictionalized interpretation by Mitzi herself. Prurient relatives begged to have a read for themselves. I have known since my English Literature classes that unadulterated versions of Chaucer (such as the Miller's Tale) and Shakespeare were more ribald than young eyes were allowed to see. Unlike many historical tomes on the subject, Mitzi Szereto's prologues to each tale is just long enough to be of academic interest yet short enough to whet appetites. The story telling is pretty much in the style of the tales you would have heard as a child but with the naughty bits included and with a more subtle adult vocabulary. In some tales such as Rapunzel, a contemporary feel sneaks in. In most of the stories there are twists you don't expect. Right from the first story, Cinderella, the Prince on finding the delicious young girl, enjoys her in a most surprising way. Little Red Riding Hood, too is given a treatment beyond the obvious. Reading all fifteen tales along with the vastly informative introduction, will both educate, tease your lateral thinking and excite you. Readers are reworded with not instant but satisfying gratification. Congratulations to Mitzi Szereto and Cleis Press for this delightful addition to anyone's erotic bookshelf.
obxwriter More than 1 year ago
Reviewd by Douglas Quinn, author of Pelican Point: a Webb Sawyer Mystery etal. The author of a dozen+ books and creator and host of Mitzi TV, Mitzi Szereto, now brings us a seductive selection of (in)famous Fairy Tales with a titillating twist of Mitzeroticism. Szereto explores the erotic origins of Rapunzel's curly locks, Beauty's sleeping habits, along with thirteen other arousing tales that would make the Brothers Grimm grimace. While I personally found Szereto's erotic fairy tales entertaining (more naughty than erotic, actually), what I enjoyed more were the historical essay introductions for each story as presented by the author. They were well-researched and academically informative. Those who would like to revisit their childhood stories told in a more ribald manner will enjoy In Sleeping Beauty's Bed. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sucks! And not in a good way! The promise made, is not fullfilled! Well writen, boaring stories!