Leading cultural historian and broadcaster Christopher Frayling reflects on gothic themes in literature, art and popular culture, through the lens of his friendship and correspondence with Angela Carter during her formative ‘Bath years’, during which she wrote most of her key works; The Bloody Chamber, The Sadeian Woman, The Passion of New Eve.
Inside the Bloody Chamber collects Frayling’s articles, essays and lectures written since then on various aspects of the Gothic—several in hard-to-find places, many never published before, but all revised for this new book. The subjects match Angela’s interests, are mirrored in the stories within The Bloody Chamber—and mesh with his memories of their time together in Bath in the 1970s.
Christopher Frayling was until recently Rector at the Royal College of Art and Chairman of Arts Council England and of the Design Council. An historian, writer and award winning broadcaster on radio and television, he has published eighteen books on the arts, design and film.He was once described as ‘the Kenneth Clark of popular culture’. In the year 2001, Christopher was knighted for ‘services to art and design education’.