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Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense Hardcover – June 5, 2018
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"[A] cutting edge collection...full of rare, believable scenarios that can make the heart race or cause us to ponder our own mortality...Night Gaunts is like a paranoid daydream, yet one where it is satisfying to know that you can awaken with a sounder mind than before it began." ―Bookreporter
"Consummately well-written,stylistically dashing...forthrightly nightmarish" ―Kirkus Reviews
"Oates’ spookiness is visceral, psychologically involving, and socially astute." ―Booklist
Praise for Joyce Carol Oates:
“Few writers better illuminate the mind’s most disturbing corners.”―Seattle Times, “The 10 best mysteries of 2015,” on Jack of Spades
“Oates’s brand of horror has never required the invocation of other worlds: This world is terrible enough for her. Everything she writes, in whatever genre, has an air of dread, because she deals in vulnerabilities and inevitabilities, in the desperate needs that drive people . . . to their fates. A sense of helplessness is the essence of horror, and Oates conveys that feeling as well as any writer around.”―New York Times Book Review, on The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror
“Does any writer around do literary creepy like Joyce Carol Oates? . . . The stories always have an undercurrent of menace poised to break through at any moment.”―St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror
“A dazzling, disturbing tour de force of Gothic suspense.”―Boston Globe, on Evil Eye
“This writer is extraordinary not because she produces such huge amount, but because what she produces is so consistently good. And short stories show her invention, economy and control at its best . . . Oates perfectly captures the atmosphere of fear and well-meaning misunderstanding.”―Times (UK), on High Crime Area
“Oates creates worlds and minds as overwrought and paranoid as anything a female Poe could imagine, then sprinkles her trademark exclamation points licentiously through the interior monologues to heighten the intimacy between ecstasy and madness.”―Kirkus Reviews, on DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense
About the Author
- ASIN : 0802128106
- Publisher : Mysterious Press; First Edition (June 5, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780802128102
- ISBN-13 : 978-0802128102
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.7 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #242,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Joyce Carol Oates is a master at psychological terror, and I think this book, published when she was 80 years old (!!!), proves her extraordinary stature in this genre all over again.
There are six short stories in this collection:
• A kept woman whose lover, whom she fantasizes about murdering, makes her wait for him nude in high heels;
• A professor's wife who is enraged about her husband's affairs with young students and plots a bizarre revenge;
• A young boy who is belittled and sexually teased by his Sunday School teacher—something he can never forget…and then she turns up dead;
• A friendless, frumpy college girl who is unknowingly recruited for the most unethical, immoral scientific experiment you could ever imagine;
• The story of a cancer survivor's return to his small upstate New York hometown and his descent into madness…and then the most horrific and surprising thing happens.
• In a salute to horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, the title story of the collection, "Night-Gaunts," is the disturbing story of a child with unusual and vivid night horrors who turns those spectral visions into something else entirely.
This book is perfect for a cool autumn night. Just be sure to read it with all the lights on!
Top reviews from other countries
Those who are familiar with Oates’s works will know that you never really know what you are going to get, as she can change the way things are going in just one sentence, so here we have tales that we do not know the ultimate ending of as they are left at a place where we have to use our imagination to work out what will happen next.
With a woman sitting naked in an apartment that she cannot afford by herself, she is awaiting the arrival of her lover. As we read this, we see that both she and the man she is waiting for have something more on their minds than just a liaison. We meet a woman with murder on her mind, as she sits and drinks tea with the student, she believes her husband is currently sleeping with. With an experiment to try and create a hybrid creature, so we see what happens when ethics are broken and the unfettered ambitions of a professor are allowed to proceed, but what will the eventual outcome be?
With a boy becoming somewhat infatuated and obsessed with his Sunday School teacher, an author dying from cancer having to struggle through another author’s work to prepare it for printing, and then the weird story Night-Gaunts, this has more than enough to hold your attention and curiosity. Exceptionally well written as you would expect, there is a bit of something for anyone who likes things a bit more gothic, a bit darker, and certainly a bit weirder than most people. One thing I would caution anyone getting this to beware of though, that if you read all the stories back to back it can be a bit of an overload, and so it is perhaps best to read one or two at a time. These stories will certainly give you more than enough food for thought as we are reminded of the various elements that make up what it is to be human.