Seven unsettling works from one of our greatest literary imaginations.
A precocious eleven-year-old, in thrall to the mysterious black sheep of the family, climbs into his sky-blue Chevy to be driven to an uncertain, unforgettable, fate.
A university student becomes obsessed with the murder of a female classmate as her own sense of self deteriorates.
A recent widow grieves inside her lakefront home and fantasizes about transforming into a great flying predator – unerring and pitiless in the hunt.
These meticulously crafted, deeply disquieting stories confront the dangers that surround us, and the dangers that lurk within.
Head of Zeus * Horror
11 Jan 2018 * 256pp * £7.99 * 9781786693990
'As usual with Oates, it is horribly readable, but driven by something disturbingly like genuine misanthropy'
'Oates chillingly depicts the darkness lurking within the everyday'
'These lured me in one by one. All were people focused, with a very strong sense of time and place and so very visual ... Groups should enjoy mulling over the way Oates so subtly drops ideas and moralities into her seemingly simple tales'
'A luscious smorgasbord of sinister stories whose characters are – or end up being – devastated, deranged or destroyed. Oates writes, with unnerving precision, about fears that lurk within each of us, and her work exposes the complexity and fragility of the human mind. The result is an anthology that is shocking, startling and unmissable'
'Oates displays all her customary craft and intellect ... She is at her most macabre here'
Joyce Carol Oates, literary icon, is the author of more than 70 books, including the bestselling novels We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde. Among her many honours are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the National Book Award. Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Follow Joyce on @JoyceCarolOates
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