Six terrifying tales to chill the blood from the unique imagination of Joyce Carol Oates.
A young boy plays with dolls instead of action figures. But as he grows older, his passion takes on a darker edge...
A white man shoots dead a black youth creating a media frenzy. But could it have been self-defense as he claims?
A nervous woman tries to escape her husband. He says he loves her, but she's convinced he wants to kill her...
These quietly lethal stories reveal the horrors that dwell within us all.
Head of Zeus * Fiction
05 May 2016 * 224pp * £18.99 * 9781784971014
'Oates is simply the most consistently inventive, brilliant, curious and creative writer going, as far as I'm concerned'
'A writer of extraordinary strengths'
'An unsettling read worth every resulting jump in the night ... [Oates is a] literary goddess'
'A collection that displays Oates’s ability to inhabit distinctive voices to chilling effect'
'At her best Oates is simply incredible'
'A revelation ... These tales clearly illustrate the author's great narrative and literary skills. Highly recommended'
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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