We were in the mood for short stories to read in December and figured that a little strangeness would be perfect for the cold winter months. We picked two authors, one of which is Charlotte’s childhood favorite, who are known for writing weird and sometimes scary stories. We’re already looking forward to huddling under a blanket with a nice cup of tea no matter which you choose, but choose you must!
Someone Like You
‘Fantastic as Grimm, heartless as Saki’
These eighteen tales of the macabre show Dahl’s dark brilliance as a short-story writer. They are wicked (as an old man attracts the attentions of those more interested in his skin than his wellbeing), shocking (as distasteful bets are made – a daughter’s hand on the identity of a glass of claret, a finger risked for a Cadillac) and blackly humorous (as a cuckolded husband receives a chance to take his revenge out on his wife’s neck).
Someone Like You is as devilishly ingenious and suspenseful as writing gets.
The Bloody Chamber
Angela Carter was a storytelling sorceress, the literary godmother of such contemporary masters of supernatural fiction as Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Audrey Niffenegger, J. K. Rowling, and Kelly Link, who introduces this edition of Carter’s most celebrated book, published for the seventy-fifth anniversary of her birth.
In The Bloody Chamber—which includes the story that is the basis of Neil Jordan’s 1984 movie The Company of Wolves—Carter spins subversively dark and sensual versions of familiar fairy tales and legends like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Bluebeard,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” giving them exhilarating new life in a style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition.