Reading Angela Carter's "Bloody Chamber" for my Uni course today, I remembered those immortal, acid lines from Charles Bukowski: " 'Well, shit,' someone said/ And that's what it was."
The introduction to the book says that many students find it shocking. I don't know what that says about me. I think it's a sterile, middle class bore from page 1.
"Let's re-present fairy tales in new and sensuous and surprising ways."
Actually, Angela, let's not.
The arts editor of Cosmopolitan must have loved this book when it first came out, all those years ago.