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The Bloody Chamber: 75th Anniversary Edition

 

Blood-Chamber

For the 75th anniversary of her birth, a Deluxe Edition of the master of the literary supernatural’s most celebrated book—featuring a new introduction by Kelly Link

Angela Carter was a storytelling sorceress, the literary godmother of Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Audrey Niffenegger, J. K. Rowling, Kelly Link, and other contemporary masters of supernatural fiction.

In her masterpiece, The Bloody Chamber—which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan’s 1984 movie The Company of Wolves—she spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition.

“A wonderfully written book, ironical, cerebral, elegant . . . distinguished by bold, inflected language and ornate, indeed often bloody, imagery.” —Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review

“The tales are retold by Angela Carter with all her supple and intoxicating bravura.” —The New York Review of Books

“She was, among other things, a quirky, original, and baroque stylist, a trait especially marked in The Bloody Chamber—her vocabulary a mix of finely tuned phrase, luscious adjective, witty aphorism, and hearty, up-theirs vulgarity.” —Margaret Atwood, The Observer

“She writes a prose that lends itself to magnificent set pieces of fastidious sensuality . . . dreams, myths, fairy tales, metamorphoses, the unruly unconscious, epic journeys, and a highly sensual celebration of sexuality in both its most joyous and darkest manifestations.” —Ian McEwan

 


 

Selected Writings

nights

Nights at the Circus

Sophi Fevvers—the toast of Europe's capitals, courted by the Prince of Wales, painted by Toulouse-Lautrec—is an aerialiste extraordinaire, star of ...
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magic

The Magic Toyshop

One night Melanie walks through the garden in her mother's wedding dress. The next morning her world is shattered. Forced ...
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Blood-Chamber

The Bloody Chamber

The Bloody Chamber 75th Anniversary Edition For the 75th anniversary of her birth, a Deluxe Edition of the master of ...
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book cover for the US 2007 edition of Wise Children

Wise Children

In their heyday on the vaudeville stages of the early twentieth century, Dora Chance and her twin sister, Nora--unacknowledged daughters ...
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infernal

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

The transformation of Desiderio's city into a mysterious kingdom is instantaneous: Hallucination flows with magical speed in every brain; avenues ...
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book cover: Saints and Strangers

Saints and Strangers

Saints and Strangers (also published as Black Venus), is an anthology of short fiction. Angela Carter takes real people and ...
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fairy

Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales

Once upon a time fairy tales weren't meant just for children, and neither is Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales ...
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book cover: Burning Your Boats

Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories

This volume presents Carter's considerable legacy of short fiction gathered from published books, and includes early and previously unpublished stories ...
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