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Haunted : tales of the grotesque /
Joyce Carol Oates.
New York : Dutton, c1994.
viii, 310 p. ; 24 cm.
0525936556 :
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New York : Dutton, c1994.
0525936556 :
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"A William Abrahams book."
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
World Fantasy Awards, USA, 1995 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1994-01-17:
Fiction machine Oates ( Foxfire ) industriously cranks out her 18th short-story collection, a wide-ranging offering of 16 grisly tales. She knows which literary buttons to push, and while there's certainly suspense in these selections, it's accompanied by the recognition of a tried-and-true formula at work. ``The grotesque always possesses a blunt physicality that no amount of epistemological exegesis can exorcise,'' writes Oates in an afterword, and this broad definition characterizes the multifaceted and invariably disturbing selections here. These include the previously unpublished ``Blind,'' a first-person account of an old woman who awakens during a thunderstorm to find herself blind and her husband dead; the similarly horrifying ``Poor Bibi,'' about a couple that mistreats a dog; and ``Accursed Inhabitants of the Bly,'' a reworking of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw . All the pieces here have a redeeming literary bent, although some are transparent in their motives. Undoubtedly a master of this form, Oates plies her craft like a skilled seducer, setting the mood and moving in for the conquest night after night after night. (Feb.)
Appeared in Library Journal on 1994-01-01:
From the first rank of American writers comes this anthology of 16 short stories and a short essay on the literary lineage of horror fiction and the grotesque. The stories, written between 1980 and 1993, are reprints. Oates pays curious homage to James and Poe; retelling James's ``The Turn of the Screw,'' she defuses the fright and makes the tale darkly comic. Likewise her ``The White Cat'' is more misadventure than horror with just a twist of Poe-like irony at the end. Some of these stories will disturb, some will require literary analysis to appreciate. Of special interest is her essay, which spans film, painting, and the theater seeking to identify the source of society's craving to be frightened. While all the tales are beautifully written, overall they are a departure from the genre and may leave horror enthusiasts disappointed. For literary collections rather than public library fiction collections.-- Robert C. Moore, DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Co. Information Svcs., Wilmington, Del .
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Kirkus Reviews, December 1993
Library Journal, January 1994
Publishers Weekly, January 1994
Booklist, March 1994
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Table of Contents
Hauntedp. 3
The Dollp. 26
The Bingo Masterp. 49
The White Catp. 72
The Modelp. 99
Extenuating Circumstancesp. 147
Don't You Trust Me?p. 154
The Guilty Partyp. 158
The Premonitionp. 172
Phase Changep. 188
Poor Bibip. 211
Thanksgivingp. 219
Blindp. 232
The Radio Astronomerp. 247
Accursed Inhabitants of the House of Blyp. 254
Martyrdomp. 284
An Afterword by the Authorp. 303
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