In Sleeping Beauty's Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales - book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by 7Miles

Fairy Tales for Adults

This was not what I was hoping for when I ordered a book full of erotic fairy tales. That said, I have found it to be intriguing. It offers a new twist on traditional stories. If your looking for something with explicit language and is quite erotic this book probably won't satisfy. If you prefer having things more implied or if you are more interested in the history of fairy tales you will probably enjoy this book.
It was educational and thought provoking.
It wasn't arousing and used too many metaphors and euphemisms.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review

About author

The author Mitzi Szereto, in addition to writing In Sleeping Beauty's Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales, wrote other novels that include Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers, The Erotic Travel Tales, Getting Even: Revenge Stories, The New Black Lace Book of Women's Sexual Fantasies, and Dying For It. If In Sleeping Beauty's Bed entertains you then perhaps you will enjoy some of her other novels as well.

Content / Style / Audience

In Sleeping Beauty's Bed consists of 15 stories, each with a brief history of where they started and how they developed. I found the histories to be fascinating and the stories were short and easy to read. These stories include:

The prince has a shoe fetish and Cinderella learns about the wonders of parsnips. (25 pages)

The Magic Muntr
A man learns how to change places with a bird then proceeds to fly about the city peeking into the windows of young women. (16 pages)

The Goblin of Adachigahara
A man who stumbles into the dungeon of a kinky old woman. (11 pages)

It wasn't just the hair on Rapunzel's head that grew to amazing lengths! (14 pages)

The Swineherd
A man entices a woman by crafting devices for her in exchange for oral sex. (16 pages)

The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces
A man watches 12 young women do the forbidden and is paid in wet panties for his silence. (16 pages)

The Ebony Horse
A woman discovers she loves to be tied down and watched when the son of a sultan introduces her to a flying ebony horse. (25 pages)

Michel Michelkleiner's Good Luck
Michel is used by a band of robbers and finds it wonderful. (11 pages)

Punished Pride
A snobby woman is forced to work when she marries a poor man and is banished by her father. Later she discovers that her poor husband was actually a Czar teaching her to appreciate what she has. (26 pages)

A Tale of The Parrot
A woman sets out to heal a sick girl by feeding her sperm. (12 pages)

Little Red Riding Hood
Red was a nymphomaniac on the prowl for a woodsman when she caught the attention of a dirty wolf. (21 pages)

The Traveling Companion
Johannes and his companion enjoyed an erotic show put on by horny puppets. (27 pages)

The Turnip
A magic turnip becomes the curse of a man when it causes a growth that a king enjoys very much. (10 pages)

The Sleeping Beauty
It wasn't a kiss upon her mouth that awakened her. (19 pages)

The Twelve Months
A girl pleasures 12 magical men in exchange for favors. (24 pages)
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    • Erotica
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The book is well made. I've had it for over a year now and it still looks brand new. It's dimensions are similar to that of most novels so it doesn't stick out or get lost on a bookshelf. It is 316 pages long divided into 15 sections. The layout is very neat and orderly; giving a history of each story immediately prior to the rewritten story it pertains to. The order these stories are presented in doesn't really seem to matter. You can open the book up randomly and easy find the beginning of a story to read. Some people may be disappointed to learn that the cover is not as discrete as they would like. It depicts a scantly clad woman so this may deter some people from wanting to read this book in public.

Ultimately, this book is well made and easy to follow and understand.


I bought this book hoping that it would accomplish two things; to arouse and entertain me. Some of the stories were interesting and I do love a good fairy tale so it gets a silver medal there. It isn't my go to novel for a good time but I have reread some of the stories a few times. But for the second purpose it fell a bit short. For my favorite genre in erotic fiction this was disappointing. There were just too many euphemisms for my taste. Some people may prefer this mild and less intimidating style but I learned the hard way that it doesn't work for me.
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  • kkybf
    thanks for the review
  • petlove0311
    nice review
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  • November
    Thanks for the review. I've had this on my wish list forever. I like the short descriptions you gave of each story.
  • GONE!
    Thanks for the note on it using too many euphemisms. I hate when erotica does that!
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