"a woman-devouring Bluebeard"

The story of Bluebeard, La Barbe bleue, is a French folktale by Charles Perrault, first published in 1697 in a collection entitled Histoires ou Contes du temps passe.

Bluebeard tells the story of a wealthy aristocrat who has married several times, but all his wives have mysteriously disappeared.  His last wife, a local girl, eventually discovers his secret: the bodies of her predecessors hang from hooks in a blood-soaked room her husband has forbidden her to enter.  Upon discovering she has entered the forbidden room, he is about to kill her too when she is rescued by her brothers.