The details for Angela Carter Week can be found here, along with lots of good reading suggestions.
Up until today I had read only one work by Angela Carter (1940 to 1992, UK) her very famous and quite wonderful gothic story "The Bloody Chamber". I was happy to see Beauty is Sleeping Cat and Postcards from Asia were sponsoring a week devoted to her work and very happy I was not long ago given a copy of The Collected Short Stories of Angela Carter. Salmon Rushdie has written a very well done introduction that should be read by anyone into Carter. Rushdie loves her work and offers some very good reading suggestions for Carter neophytes like myself. I decided just to begin with her very first published short story "The Man Who Loved a Double Bass", from 1962.
The story centers on a bass player and his instrument. He calls her "Lola", he admires her shape, almost as if the large string instrument were a voluptuous woman. He takes Lola everywhere. When at a pub people are used to seeing Lola at the table with the bass player and his mates. Someone always buys Lola a drink and it is left untouched when they leave. The player had a beautiful silk cloth he polishes her with, almost as one would a beloved. Everyone respects the way Lola has become animate and accepts the bond some would find a bit unnatural, nearly sexual between the bass player and Lola. I do not wish to give away the close but this is Angela Carter's first story and the ending is dark, cruel, and heartbreaking. This is a powerful tale of obsession, maybe of madness. I will try to read more Carter Stories this week, focusing on the one's mentioned by Rushdie as her strongest work.
My thanks to Dalia and Caroline for hosting this event.