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Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense
12 Jul 2018 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781788543675

This taut collection stands at the crossroads of sex, violence, and longing – and asks us to interrogate the intersection of these impulses within ourselves. Six feverishly unsettling works.

Fiction / FH (Thrillers)
Extent: 352 pages
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Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspenseby Joyce Carol Oates

A woman, naked except for her high-heeled shoes, is seated in front of the window in an apartment she cannot afford, as her married lover rushes, amorously, murderously, to her door.

An ageing, jealous wife crafts an unusual game of Russian roulette involving a pair of Wedgwood teacups, a strong Bengal brew, and a lethal concoction of medicine. Who will drink from the wrong cup, the wife or the dance student she believes to be her husband's latest conquest?

A former Sunday School teacher's corpse turns up and the blighted adolescent she had by turns petted and ridiculed confesses to her murder – but is he really responsible?

In a fantastic ode to H.P. Lovecraft, a young outsider is haunted by apparitions at the very edge of the spectrum of visibility after the death of his tortured father.

Revelling in the uncanny, this taut collection stands at the crossroads of sex, violence, and longing – challenging us to interrogate the intersection of these impulses within ourselves.

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.

Multi-awardwinning author – including the National Book Award and the O Henry Award.

One of the world's greatest writers of suspense.

MARKET: Alice Munro; Angela Carter; Margaret Atwood.


'The prolific Oates works her magic on a small canvas in this taut collection of short stories about ageing, jealous wives, lonely mistresses and a game of Russian roulette with poisoned teacups' Daily Telegraph

'Both haunting and sublime' Literary Review

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