The Bloody Chamber

Angela Carter, Helen Simpson

fiction fantasy horror short stories
dark mysterious medium-paced

149 pages | first published 1979

Angela Carter was a storytelling sorceress, the literary godmother of such contemporary masters of supernatural fiction as Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Audrey Niffenegger, J. K. Rowling, and Kelly Link, who introduces this edition of Carter's most celebrated book, published for the seventy-fifth anniversary of her birth.

In The Bloody Chamber - which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves - Carter 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.

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Moods

dark 96%
mysterious 68%
adventurous 28%
emotional 28%
reflective 28%
tense 28%
funny 24%
challenging 16%
sad 16%
inspiring 8%
lighthearted 4%

Pace

medium 45%
slow 29%
fast 25%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 35% | No: 10% | N/A: 5%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 57% | No: 26% | Yes: 10% | N/A: 5%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 55% | It's complicated: 30% | No: 15%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 73% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 10%

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