Another book from an author that I rarely hear mentioned in horror circles. She’s more known for her magical realism works but I firmly argue that this collection falls well within the borders of the horror genre. There’s werewolves, vampires, and even killer cats running around this whole thing.
This book is a collection of short surreal horror stories that are written deconstructions of classic fairy tales such as “Bluebeard” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Carter brings out the sexuality, body horror, and gender commentary that is inherent to the original stories but she ramps it up to eleven. The stories are sensual, weird, gory, and insightful all at once.
Several of these stories were also adapted into the surreal horror anthology flick, THE COMPANY OF WOLVES. It’s really fantastic and I highly recommend checking it out. It features my second favorite werewolf transformation scene of all-time (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is number one, of course).
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