Friday, October 23, 2020

Review: Slippery When Wet's Classic Fairy Tales of Murder and Mayhem by Linda Vanek


Genre: Fairy Tale/Humor/Satire/Short Story Collection


“Bluebeard's naive bride is only a cover for his truly brutal fetishes. Rapunzel is the unbalanced spawn of an opium-addicted mother. The Wolf is the least of Red Riding Hood's problems. Meet Sleeping Beauty's twin henchman sons. A product of incest when her own half brother comes upon her helplessly passed out in a coma and takes advantage. Discover the real price Rumpelstiltskin charges for spinning straw into gold.

If you enjoy dark humor with your incest, torture, cannibalism, dismemberment, and other medieval pastimes you've come to the right place. These are extremely gruesome adult retellings of classic fairy tales more than just fractured. These stories are deeply dark with twisted sexual encounters and the women in these fairy tales are not the tenderhearted pushovers as in modern-day fairy tales.

So come down to the dungeon, settle onto your Judas cradles and break out your heretic forks. A delectable feast for true horror fairy tale fans. This book will haunt your dreams if not give you vivid nightmares. Each story and many characters are tied together all into one dysfunctional kingdom with a viciously abusive king and many murderous, lascivious and just plain monstrously evil people. This book includes Bluebeard, Rumpelstiltskin, Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel and more. A wicked read.”


“Originally from Chicago, Linda has been writing horror and thriller short stories for years and formerly published stories in pulp fiction magazines such as Murderous Intent Magazine under a pen name. She is also a composer, rock guitarist and singer in the classic rock style band Slippery When Wet and uses the stage name Linda Vee Sado.”


If you like dark and twisted, this might be right up your alley. Each of the stories in this collection takes a classic fairytale as the foundation and rewrites it, staying true to the basic story while adding some off-the-wall twists to end up with a story that you’d never want to tell the kids that the originals were aimed for. But for adults who know the real world isn’t quite like it is depicted in fairytales, you’ll hopefully laugh at these dark and demented tales. Hopefully they won’t feel too familiar to real life.

Buy now from:            Amazon US        Amazon UK


Some adult themes.

Format/Typo Issues:

The number of proofing errors (homonym issues, missing or extra words and other typos) wasn’t enough to impact the ranking, but it went right up to the line and didn’t quite cross it. If you’re bothered by typos, beware.

Rating: **** Four Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 25-30,000 words

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