Eight short works of fiction by one of Britain's greatest and most original writers.
Angela Carter was born in 1940. She rd English at Bristol University and from 1976-8 was fellow in Creative Writing at Sheffield University. She lived in Japan, the United States and Australia. Her first novel, Shadow Dance, was published in 1965, followed by The Magic Toyshop (1967, John Llellwyn Rhys Prize), Several Perceptions (1968, Somerset Maugham Award), Heroes and Villains (1969), Love (1971), The Passion of New Eve (1977), Nights at the Circus (1984, James Tait Black Memorial Prize) and Wise Children (1991). Four collections of her short stories have been published; Fireworks (1974), The Bloody Chamber (1979, Cheltenham Festival of Literature Award), Black Venus (1985) and American Ghosts and Old World Wonders (1993). She was author of The Sadeian Woman- An Excercise in Cultural History (1979), and two colections of journalism, Nothing Sacred (1982) and Expletives Deleted (1992). She died in February 1992.
"Black Venus displays the superbly witchy Angela Carter at her best... Whatever her subject Miss Carter writes like a dream - sometimes a nightmare. And as the voices call out, the images blaze, one is saved from an excess of fantasy by earthy realism, a sudden bark of humour" Sunday Telegraph "The "radicalised" Carter tells her tales of terror ferociously, with black brilliance. Black Venus is shot with dazzling lightning. It is thunderous and magnetic; irresistible even when it seems most repellent" Courrier Mail "Earthy, bawdy and bizarre in turn, there is a fine intelligence at work here" Daily Telegraph "She was one of the century's finest writers, and her stories are among her finest works" -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett Sunday Times "Angela Carter has language at her fingertips" New Statesman