Artworking Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber
‘There is a striking resemblance between the act of love and the ministrations of a torturer.’
—Angela Carter, ‘The Bloody Chamber’
Not to dismiss happy endings and heroines… but The Bloody Chamber breathes from deep within its crimson heart. There’s closure — ‘Bluebeard’ gets what’s coming to him — but variegated desire ruptures the time of the text, opens a hidden door to a forbidden place… and it’s leathery dark in there. Carter doesn’t just give me censures and reversals, she delivers visceral fascination.