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A special edition of the best stories by Angela Carter, the master of fabulous, seductive, luminous storytelling

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY HELEN SIMPSON

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.

Reviews

Fairy tales reimagined for feminist times

Grazia

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, Observer

Magnificent set pieces of fastidious sensuality

Ian McEwan

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 is such an important book to me. Angela Carter, for me, is still the one who said: ‘You see these fairy stories, these things that are sitting at the back of the nursery shelves? Actually, each one of them is a loaded gun. Each of them is a bomb. Watch: if you turn it right it will blow up.’ And we all went: ‘Oh my gosh, she’s right—you can blow things up with these!’

Neil Gaiman, Daily Telegraph

A wonderfully written book, ironical, cerebral, elegant . . . distinguished by bold, inflected language and ornate, indeed often bloody, imagery

Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review

The Bloody Chamber's interweaving of retold fairy tales demonstrates Angela Carter's narrative gift at its most mocking and seductive

Observer

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9781784871437

    October 17, 2016

    Vintage Classics

    240 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099588115

    September 8, 1995

    Vintage Classics

    176 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook

    9781409015369

    October 31, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    176 pages

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