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The Corn Maiden
01 Nov 2012 * EBOOK * £4.49 * 9781781850510

A taut novella combining folklore, adolescent insecurity and blood sacrifice, plus six other, nightmarish, stories.

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 384 pages
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The Corn Maiden: And Other Nightmaresby Joyce Carol Oates

From the towering imagination of literary icon Joyce Carol Oates comes an unbearably taut tale combining folklore, adolescent insecurity and blood sacrifice, and six other, nightmarish, stories.

Twice nominated for the Nobel Prize, Joyce Carol Oates presents an unbearably taut and terrifying tale combining the fury of folklore and adolescent insecurity.

Marissa is an innocent girl, with hair the colour of corn-silk. She does not hold others in strange thrall, as some young women do, she obeys her parents, she does not stay late after school, lingering on her walk through the swaying heads of maize. She is the perfect sacrifice.

The Corn Maiden is a novella, followed by six other nightmares.

Joyce Carol Oates is the winner of a host of prizes, including the National Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has written more than 70 books, and is Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University.

Joyce Carol Oates is a literary giant of our time. She has twice been nominated for the Nobel Prize, and is the winner of the National Book Award.

This chilling collection sustains her reputation as one of the world’s greatest writers of suspense.

Paperback reissue of Joyce Carol Oates's powerful story collection in line with stunning new packaging.

MARKET: Alice Munro; Angela Carter; Margaret Atwood.


PRAISE FOR JOYCE CAROL OATES:
'Oates's brand of horror has never required the invocation of other worlds: This world is terrible enough for her. Everything she writes, in whatever genre, has an air of dread, because she deals in vulnerabilities and inevitabilities, in the desperate needs that drive people [...] to their fates. A sense of helplessness is the essence of horror, and Oates conveys that feeling as well as any writer around' New York Times Book Review.
'Both haunting and sublime' Literary Review.
'An unsettling read worth every resulting jump in the night ... [Oates is a] literary goddess' Daily Mail.
'As usual with Oates, it is horribly readable, but driven by something disturbingly like genuine misanthropy' Sunday Times.
'Oates chillingly depicts the darkness lurking within the everyday' Sunday Express.
'A writer of extraordinary strengths'
Guardian

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