Black Venus (short story collection)

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First edition (publ. Chatto & Windus)

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.

Stories included are "Black Venus", "The Kiss", "Our Lady of the Massacre", "The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe", "Overture and Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Peter and the Wolf", "The Kitchen Child" and "The Fall River Axe Murders".

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]