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Head of Zeus
Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense
Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates

From Joyce Carol Oates, literary icon and author of Blonde, now a major motion picture, six feverishly unsettling tales of suspense.

A woman sits naked except for her high-heeled shoes, 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.

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.

Reviews for Joyce Carol Oates:

'A writer of extraordinary strengths.' Guardian
‘Oates chillingly depicts the darkness lurking within the everyday.' Sunday Express
'Both haunting and sublime.' Literary Review
'Splendidly chilling.' Financial Times
'Visceral, psychologically involving, and socially astute.' Booklist
'Few writers better illuminate the mind's most disturbing corners.' Seattle Times

Head of Zeus * Fiction
12 Jul 2018 * 352pp * £4.99 * 9781788543675
'Consummately well-written, stylistically dashing... Forthrightly nightmarish'
Kirkus Reviews
'Oates' spookiness is visceral, psychologically involving, and socially astute'
'Oates perfectly captures the atmosphere of fear and well-meaning misunderstanding'
The Times
'Oates chillingly depicts the darkness lurking within the everyday'
Sunday Express
'A writer of extraordinary strengths'
'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
Joyce Carol Oates
Joyce Carol Oates
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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