Black Venus (short story collection)

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Black Venus
Hardback edition cover
Author Angela Carter
Original title Saints and Strangers
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Anthology
Published 1985 by Chatto & Windus
Media type Print
Pages 121 pp
ISBN 978-0-7011-3964-3
OCLC 15631047

Black Venus (also published as Saints and Strangers) is an anthology of short fiction by Angela Carter. It was first published in the United Kingdom in 1985 by Chatto & Windus Ltd. and contains a collection of eight stories, the majority of which are concerned with re-imagining the lives of certain figures in history, with a particular emphasis on some well known through literature.

The "Black Venus" of the title story is Jeanne Duval, the lover of poet Charles Baudelaire.[1] The anthology's contents are also reprinted in the volume Burning Your Boats, which features all of Carter's short fiction.[1]


  1. “Black Venus”
  2. “The Kiss”
  3. “Our Lady of the Massacre”
  4. “The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe”
  5. “Overture and Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night's Dream
  6. “Peter and the Wolf”
  7. “The Kitchen Child”
  8. “The Fall River Axe Murders”[2]


  1. ^ a b Jan Dalley (30 July 1995). "A saint more beastly than beautiful. Burning Your Boats: Collected Short Stories by Angela Carter". The Independent. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Carter, Angela. Black Venus. Chatto & Windus Ltd., 1985, p. 6.