The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Author(s): Angela Carter

Adult Fiction

We grow up on fairy tales but it is only later we realise what we have been fed. Angela Carter saw the power of these dark stories - stories in which objects betray, children threaten, men turn into animals and women are unsafe. Erotic, subversive, ancient, modern- the tales in this book pulse with a vivid, radical imagination.

Turn the key, enter the chamber. Carter untwists our old tales and offers them up with sensuality, depravity, humour - and a mirror held up to ourselves.


"From familiar fairy tales and legends Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories."

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Fairy tales retold and interwoven by a master of seductive, luminous storytelling

The glittering, dark, subversive fairy tales in The Bloody Chamber number among Carter’s greatest works. Joyful and wicked, gothic and rich, these feminist morsels are more than just re-tellings: they are reinventions, perfectly crafted and exquisite. –Steph, The Book Grocer


'Magnificent set pieces of fastidious sensuality' - Ian McEwan 'Angela Carter has extended the life and richness of the fable form itself partly through language that is both pellucid and sensual, but chiefly through imagination of such Ariel reach that she can glide from ancient to modern, from darkness to luminosity, from depravity to comedy without any hint of strain and without losing the elusive power of the original tales' - The Times 'The Bloody Chamber's interweaving of retold fairy tales demonstrates Angela Carter's narrative gift at its most mocking and seductive' - Observer 'Extraordinary and beautiful' - Peter Redgrove

Angela Carter was born in 1940 and read English at Bristol University, before spending two years living in Japan. She lived and worked extensively in the United States and Australia. Her first novel, Shadow Dance, was published in 1965, followed by the Magic Toyshop in 1967, which went on to win the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. She wrote a further four novels, together with three collections of Short Stories, two works of non-fiction and a volume of collected writings. Angela Carter died in 1992

General Fields

  • : 9780099588115
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Arrow
  • : 0.135
  • : September 1995
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 12mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Angela Carter
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : English
  • : 823.9/14
  • : 176
  • : Modern fiction; Short stories