One or two of these stories are as good as James’s and Conrad’s. None of them is conventional or commercial, the 25 of them add up to a magnificent achievement.
These are small, hard gems, full of the same rich emotion and startling observation that readers of Oates’s fiction have come to expect.
But no man joined Marilyn Monroe in her disguise as one of us in the Strand. No Leading Man, no dark prince. Like us (we began to see) this Marilyn Monroe required no man.
Because when asked what you were rebelling against you said with wonderful disdain, What’ve you got?
Because that was our answer too, that we had not such words to utter.
The Hungry Ghosts crackles with tension and wit, and its subjects—the foibles of academia and the literati—are tantalizing.
Here are five splendid stories, imagining five major American authors on the verge of death each rooted in biographical facts and presented in the authors own particular style that are harrowing, heartfelt, incredibly moving, that cut to the depths of the psyche, probing with such laser-lean, honed prose that it’ll take your breath away.
By Joyce Carol Oates Joyce Carol Oates, the “grand mistress of ghoulishness” (Publishers Weekly), showcases her mastery in four deeply disturbing novellas that will leave the reader both quaking and […]
By Joyce Carol Oates Originally published as the introduction to Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers, Edited by Joyce Carol Oates. In the old days, […]
A Novel of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates From a master “mind reader who writes psychological horror stories about seriously disturbed minds” (New York Times Book Review), comes an eerie, […]
By Joyce Carol Oates Illustrated by Dave Mottram Cherie loves being the only kitty in the Smith family . . . until the day a new kitten arrives. The New […]
By Joyce Carol Oates INSIDE THE MIND OF THE MANIAC Abandoned as a baby in a bus station locker, shuttled from one abusive foster home and detention center to another, […]
By Joyce Carol Oates Originally published in The New Yorker, July 28, 2015 For I will consider my Cat Cherie for she is the very apotheosis of Cat-Beauty which is […]
A novel by Joyce Carol Oates “A painful truth of family life: the most tender emotions can change in an instant. You think your parents love you but is it […]
A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates A dystopian novel of one young woman’s resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society, from the inventive imagination of Joyce Carol Oates. “Time […]
I was on suicide watch at the detention center but I would never hang myself with shoelaces!—that’s got to be a joke. I would never hang myself in any way, it’s an ugly death. I’ve been close to strangled and I know.
By Joyce Carol Oates An unprecedented collection of the best of Joyce Carol Oates’s short stories combined with eleven new stories. No other writer can match the impressive oeuvre of […]