The Horror Honeys: Hardcover Thursday Jam - 'We are Golden'

Hardcover Thursday Jam - 'We are Golden'

Now I’m sitting alone
I’m finally looking around
Left here on my own
I’m gonna hurt myself
Maybe losing my mind
I’m still wondering why
Had to let the world let it bleed me dry

With a title like The Magic Toyshop, you'd think that Angela Carter's novel would be a mystical childlike journey through a world of enchanted toys. Instead, the book features two dead parents, a tyrannical puppet maker, his mute and terrified wife, a young girl who is discovering her sexuality, and also forced to perform in a play where she is almost raped by a giant swan marionette. So basically, if you were sucked in by the title alone and expecting something lovely... SORRY!

But The Magic Toyshop is also the perfect seriously fractured fairy tale for any horror lover. And the epically screwed up story provided inspiration for British singer-songwriter Mika's track, "We are Golden." The song is specifically written from main character Melanie's point of you; specifically about her experiences discovering herself and her sexual nature while trying to survive under her miserable uncle's thumb. 

So enjoy this week's novel-inspired honey jam, and pick up a copy of The Magic Toyshop while you're at it! ~RH