Why did I love this book?
Several reviewers of my book referred to Angela Carter, so I decided to revisit my collection after many years.
A rich and chilling retelling of my childhood nightmare story Bluebeard heads Angela Carter’s collection. Carter delights in the gruesome and gory detail, the blood-soaked keys, the dripping corpses. When I was a child I was terrified of the illustration in my fairy tale book of a hanging row of girls in beautiful blood-stained gowns, I couldn’t read the actual story, I was too frightened, but time and again I returned to that vivid illustration, horribly fascinated. Now, many years later, I read The Bloody Chamber and understood the compulsive near-madness of the heroine. All of these retellings of fairy tales are well worth visiting.