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The Magic Toyshop - Angela Carter

After studying The Bloody Chamber during A Level Literature and enjoying the blend of feminism, the Gothic and fairy tale weaved together by Carter’s beautiful prose, I decided to give another of her novels a try. 355 more words


Burning Your Boats, by Angela Carter

‘My mother said: “Child, if such folks awe you, then picture them on the lavatory, straining, constipated. They will at once seem small, pathetic, manageable.” And she whispered to me a great, universal truth: “

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The Times described Heroes and Villains as ‘an unashamed fantasist, a fabulist of daemonic energy’ – and it really is. This is an incredibly loaded book and every time I’ve tried to review this I’ve ended up word-vomiting a bad fragment of one or one hundred failed essays that could be written about it. 1,490 more words


SPOTLIGHT: "The Lady of the House of Love" by Angela Carter

Dark reworkings and reimaginings of fairy tales have become en vogue within the last few decades as artists seek to take the sun-dappled, enchanted scenery that we heard of whilst being put to bed and transforming it into a nightmare landscape of blood and terror.  1,155 more words


Sneaking In A Few More Lucky Finds...

I always find that around Christmas time my book-buying calms down a bit – probably a combination of anticipating nice parcels under the tree, and not wanting to risk picking up something I might be given! 416 more words

Three-Minute Horror Film - "You're a Germ" by Wolf Alice

This post first appeared in District of Wonders – Newsletter, Tuesday 1st December 2015

I recently stumbled upon a music video that doubles as one of the best short horror films I’ve ever seen. 232 more words