The Collector of Hearts: New Tales of the Grotesque
Novelist, poet, dramatist and author of many of the best American short stories of our time, Joyce Carol Oates presents yet another aspect of her unbounded creativity in these mesmerizing tales of the grotesque--a follow-up to her highly acclaimed 1994 gothic short fiction collection, "Haunted." From the Kafkaesque "Scars, " to the ballad-like tale of erotic obsession that is "The Crossing, " to a fatal twist on the mother-daughter bond in "Death Mother, " Joyce Carol Oates presents horror that is both intellectual and visceral. Dream states, rampant evil, dizzying descents into madness, all are presented in spell-binding stories worthy to set alongside those of Edgar Allan Poe -- and far above all the rest.
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THE COLLECTOR OF HEARTS: New Tales of the GrotesqueUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Oates's newest collection (and, to nobody's surprise, second major work of fiction this year) intriguingly revisits the "gothic" terrain surveyed in such earlier volumes as Night-Side (1977) and ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sorell - LibraryThing
Collector of Hearts is another short story collection that centers around grotesque characters and plots. Despite the similarity with themes in Haunted, Collector of the Hearts pales in comparison. In ... Read full review