Haunted: tales of the grotesque

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Dutton, 1994 - Fiction - 310 pages
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Each of the sixteen stories collected here bears the unmistakable stamp of Joyce Carol Oates. Like its classic antecedents--most notably Poe's Tales of the Grotesque--this collection offers not sensationalized fantasy but a nightmare vision of horror that is not only intellectual and visceral, but true.

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Review: Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque

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Pretty boring until the last story ... then it turned to disgusting! "Haunted" is definitely a misnomer. Given the chance to read it again for the first time, I would respectively decline. Not even close to her usual quality. Read full review

Review: Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque

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This collection of 16 short stories should give JCO fans the daily required allowance of Oates--all the nutrients of real life--without all the added sugar! This is NOT your honey bunches of Oates ... Read full review


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Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 in Upstate, New York. She attended Syracuse University and graduated as Valedictorian. She then attended University of Wisconsin where she earned an M. A. By the time she was 47 years old, she had published at least that many separate books, including 16 full-length novels and more than a dozen collections of short stories. Some of her works were done under the pseudonym Rosamund Smith. She has also written numerous poems collected in several volumes, at least three plays, many critical essays, and articles and reviews on various subjects while fulfilling her obligations as a professor of English at the University of Windsor, where with her husband Raymond Smith she edited the Ontario Review, which the couple has continued since moving to Princeton in 1978. She has earned a reputation as indubitably one of our most prolific writers and very likely one of our best. Her fiction alone demonstrates considerable variety, ranging from direct naturalism to complex experiments in form. However, what chiefly makes her work her own is a quality of psychological realism, an uncanny ability to bring to the surface an underlying sense of foreboding or a threat of violence that seems to lurk just around the corner from the everyday domestic lives she depicts so realistically. Her first six novels, including Them (1969), which won the National Book Award, express these qualities in varying ways. she is also the recipient of an NEA grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Lifetime Achievement Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature. Her title Give Me Your Heart made the New York Times Best seller list for 2011.

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