Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares

Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares

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A volume of six stories and novellas by the National Book Award-winning author of We Were the Mulvaneys includes the title story, in which the disappearance of a sweet blonde-haired child is linked to her mother's indiscretions, a too-obvious schoolteacher and an older student with a fascination for a Native American legend.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780802126023
Branch Call Number: OATE
Characteristics: 365 p

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ChristchurchLib Jul 13, 2014

"Author Joyce Carol Oates provides plenty of suspense and dread in each of the tales that compose this disturbing collection. The title novella, "The Corn Maiden," explores the relationship between innocence and evil when an 11-year-old girl disappears. Other stories portray love and sexual attraction gone astray, perverse links between twins, childhood trauma, and sibling rivalry. Oates' powerful examination of darkness in the human psyche will make you "turn on all the lights or jump at imagined noises" (Publishers Weekly). If you want more of this prolific author's suspenseful short works, you can find them in The Female of the Species, among others." Thrillers and Suspense July 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/2c47e9e5-d355-491f-87b1-c136ab375b01?postId=36471ee9-07d6-46ed-ba48-5fde3e03c300

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Sep 26, 2012

Joyce Carol Oates writes from the gut and her style reflects this. She also delves into the psychological aspects of horror and fear, and as such, her horror stories won't please or thrill everyone. If your sole idea of "good horror" is Stephen King, you may very well be disappointed, but give her a shot (especially if you like understated ghost movies).

debwalker Mar 10, 2012

"The irrational power of our subconscious narratives is what lends Oates’s horror stories such power, idiosyncrasy and strangeness. It is also, in some cases, what detracts from their full realizations as structured narratives. As with our own everyday nightmares, Oates’s stories too often don’t resolve but simply end, as though from the ringing of a bedside clock. Some of the pieces in The Corn Maiden are so genuinely frightening, however, this may not strike the reader as a shortcoming but a relief."
Andrew Pyper
Globe & Mail

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