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.
Head of Zeus * Crime Fiction
01 Jun 2013 * 384pp * £7.99 * 9781908800664
'Even within the wild and tangled menagerie that comprises our literary landscape, Joyce Carol Oates is a startling creature, possessed of a speed and talent that hints at the uncanny ... The Corn Maiden provides further confirmation of a unique writer's restless, preternatural brilliance'
'For horror stories to be truly horrific, the reader has to care. Oates feels this deeply in her writing and delivers with style'
Independent on Sunday
'Oates has a talent for creating suspense and surprise, while apparently withholding nothing'
'Oates unerringly manages to unsettle the reader, preying deftly and mercilessly on our deepest anxieties'
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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