Book Details

  • Title: Cinders
  • Author: V.M. Sawh
  • Genre: Fiction, Gothic Fairy Tale
  • Publication Date: 21 November 2013
  • ISBN or ASIN: B00GW8G990
  • Number of Pages: 28
  • Minimum Audience Age: 16

Book Themes

(Note: 0=none, 1=a few, 2=considerable, 3=pronounced, 4=excessive)

  • Sexual themes: 3
  • Religious themes:
  • Violence, self-harm, etc.: 2
  • Crude language, expletives, swearing, etc.: 1
  • Other adult themes: 1


In this dark reimagining of the Cinderella mythos, Rella is the last virgin in France’s most infamous brothel, the Black House. Suffering under the cruel torture of her Stepmother and wicked Stepsisters–Anastasia and Drucilda–Rella dreams of the day when she can escape. She gets her chance when the flamboyant Godfrey brings Stepmother a unique opportunity to satisfy her taste for revenge. Godfrey has put together a devious plot to infiltrate the Royal Palace using an elaborate disguise and glass slippers designed for murder. All he needs now is the right girl to play the part.

Rella is desperate to escape the whips and chains of her existence. Now to get her chance, all she has to do is be willing to murder the Prince…

Good Tales for Bad Dreams brings you this delightfully wicked interpretation of Cinderella. Be sure to strip bare your assumptions and leave your scruples at the door. Take a walk on the dark side of make-believe.

“The author uses words in a masterful and poetic way. This gives the work a classic, timeless feel. The author weaves a dark and magical mood throughout the tale… If you are looking for a sensual re-imagining of the classic Cinderella tale, then this short story would be a good choice.”- From the official review of “Cinders” by V.M. Sawh.

“Cinders by V.M. Sawh is short, dark, and interesting.”- Heather Osborne, reviewed on behalf of Readers’ Favorites

“Masterful and Poetic”
“…the author gives the work a classic, timeless feel… and weaves a dark and magical mood throughout the tale… If you are looking for a sensual re-imagining of the classic Cinderella tale, then this… would be a good choice.”
– From the official review

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One thought on “Featured Book: “Cinders” by V.M. Sawh”
  1. Oh, my! Glass slippers made for murder make me think of Cinderella meets James Bond 😛 What a wicked retelling of this fairytale!