Once upon a time, a merchant had three daughters, and none of them with the same mother—rather, he had two daughters and a granddaughter, and all three hated and feared him.
(A novelette of about 11,600 words—about 40 minutes, for the average reader.)
Warning: Contains mature themes related to those found in the "Donkeyskin" folktale.
Keywords: dark fantasy, fairy tale, fae, novelette, folktale, female protagonist, beauty and the beast, retelling, new adult
CARRALEE BYRD is a Christian author of dark fantasy for adults. She’s been a storyteller since she was little, when she freaked out her mother with stories about the bad man who tied up Grandmother and left her in the closet. Her mother never did figure out where the stories were coming from, and the author’s imagination never has stopped freaking out her mother. Carralee Byrd writes more balanced (but still fairly dark) fantasy as Misti Wolanski.
(A novella of about 23,000 words—about 1.5 hours of reading time, for the average reader.)
Warning: Contains mature themes as found in the original “Sleeping Beauty” folktale.
Keywords: dark fantasy, fairy tale, fae, novella, folktale, female protagonist, cinderella, retelling, new adult