The Ash-Boy by Christopher Fowler
This grisly and rather depressing take on Cinderella
must be read to fully experience the story's demented heart. Impailings, incinerations, dismemberments, disease and gender bending...all these things coexist comfortably within the pages of The Ash-Boy
. In addition there's omnipresent sense of sadness and misery that's abundant in just about every paragraph. Imagine a tale penned by Hans Christian Andersen
as he was sitting inside a slaughterhouse, watching an orphanage across the street burn to a smoldering heap of lifeless rubble...That's the sensation I get after reading The Ash-Boy
Read it. Soon.