The collector of hearts: new tales of the grotesque
In these twenty-five gothic horror tales from the master of the short story, Joyce Carol Oates explores the waking nightmares of life with eyes wide-open, facing what the bravest of us fear the most. From the Kafka-esque "Scars" to a ballad like tale of erotic obsession in "The Crossing, " to the mother-daughter bond given a fatal twist in "Death Mother" the stories in The Collector of Hearts illuminate the mysteries of the human experience -- both intellectual and visceral. It is a stunning and richly diverse anthology of mood and menace -- haunting, elegiac, and compulsively readable.
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Lorraine called goodbye after her as always but Tippi scarcely glanced back, and
her voice was flat, almost inaudible — "Bye, Mom." "TIPPI AIN HERE MISSUS
TOO BAD! BYEBYE!" The ugly jeering words echoing in Lorraine Lake's head.
And what else had the hand-puppet said, his stunted arms flailing and his mouth
working lewdly— "MISSUS I BEEN HERE BEFORE YA! AN' I GONNA BE HERE
WHENYA GONE!" It was not possible to believe that Tippi had said such things.
Had he glanced into his rearview mirror in impatience, or derision? — he would
have seen only my fallen figure, at the side of the road. But probably he didn't so
much as glance back. I limped home crying, bleeding badly from my right knee
and leg. My jeans were tattered, soaked with blood. What have you done! You
bad girl, what have you done to yourself! I never doubted it, wouldn't have
needed to be told by my parents that, yearning after B , I'd deserved the fall. The
bleeding and ...
More admirers, more almost-familiar faces loomed near. Members of the
Foundation, their friends and family members; other women who were to speak
this evening, whom Celeste knew very well — except, damn it, laughingly she
forgot their names! She'd been hoping for a few minutes to relax and glance
through her speech before the program began at eight o'clock — it was seven-
forty now — but evidently that wasn't to be. She heard herself speaking gaily,
bubbling with her old ...
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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
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