A {{short story}} anthology by Creator/AngelaCarter based around the [[{{Grimmification}} gothic retelling]] of old {{fairy tale}}s.

* The title story is a retelling of "Literature/{{Bluebeard}}".
* "The Courtship of Mr. Lyon" and "The Tiger's Bride" are based on "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast".
* "Puss-In-Boots" is a bawdy commedia piece, inspired by "Literature/PussInBoots".
* "The Erl-King" is based on the legend of "Literature/TheErlKing".
* "The Lady in the House of Love" is "Literature/SleepingBeauty" [[RecycledINSPACE ...with vampires!]]
* "The Snow-Child" is "Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs", minus the dwarfs.
* "The Werewolf" and "Film/TheCompanyOfWolves" are takes on "Literature/LittleRedRidingHood" [[RecycledINSPACE ...with werewolves!]]
* "Wolf-Alice" has elements of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast", "Literature/LittleRedRidingHood" and ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''.
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!! ''The Bloody Chamber'' contains examples of:


* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: GenreSavvy Puss-in-Boots is well-aware of this trope and suggests that the best way to woo an unattainable woman is to "convince her her orifice will be your salvation, and she's yours!"
* AllMenArePerverts: A common theme in Carter's stories, but taken to an extreme in "The Snow Child". There is a very unpleasant scene in which a [[spoiler: dead adolescent girl is violently raped by a sobbing man]], just because he can. It is awful.
* BalefulPolymorph: A major plot point in several of the tales.
* BeardOfEvil: The Marquis in The Bloody Chamber. Makes sense as he's based on Bluebeard.
* BigDamnHeroes: The heroine's mother in "The Bloody Chamber".
* ConspicuousGloves: In "The Tiger's Bride", the Beast wears an UncannyValley disguise to hide his appearance, which consists of very stylish (but outdated) clothing that is much too large for a normal person along with a handsome (too handsome) paper-mache mask over this face. The outfit includes enormous kid gloves that hide his paws.
* DisappearedDad: In "The Bloody Chamber".
* [[spoiler: FullyEmbracedFiend: "The Tiger's Bride" ends with the female protagonist willingly transforming into a tiger herself.]]
* {{Grimmification}}
* HumanoidAbomination: The Erl-King could be argued to be this. Appearing as a peculiar green tree-like man that represents the feral side of humanity, he has a tendency to [[spoiler: kidnap young girls, rape them and [[BalefulPolymorph transform them into songbirds]]]], as well as being able to control the forest and its inhabitants. He is also not a nice guy.
* KarmicDeath: The Marquis again.
* KneelBeforeZod: The Marquis commands his bride to kneel before him before he presses the blood-stained key into her forehead, leaving a heart-shaped mark like the [[NameOfCain Brand of Cain]] upon it.
* LighterAndSofter: If this trope can apply within a work, then "Puss-in-Boots" fits, being a Restoration sex comedy amidst mostly Gothic horror. "The Courtship of Mr. Lyon" is also not a horror story.
* [[spoiler: LoveRedeems: A surrogate-maternal version of this occurs at the end of "Wolf-Alice", wherein Alice's act of kindness toward the Duke heals his soul and allows him to regain his reflection.]]
* MamaBear: The heroine's mother in "The Bloody Chamber".
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted in "The Lady In The House Of Love" - the hero's virginity is mentioned several times, and hinted to give him VirginPower.
* MissingMom: "The Courtship of Mr Lyon" and "The Tiger's Bride".
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: In "The Lady in the House of Love".
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Werewolves figure in several stories.
* ParentalAbandonment: Crops up a lot in the form of MissingMom and DisappearedDad.
* RetiredBadass: The heroine's mother in "The Bloody Chamber". She had already dealt with pirates, nursed back to health a plague ravaged village, and singelhandedly shot and killed a maneating tiger, all before she was even ''18''. She comes out of retirement at the very end of the story.
* WickedCultured: The Marquis.
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