A master storyteller pays homage to the horror genre via a collection of superbly twisted tales. Oates, an author who has consistently displayed a decided penchant for the peculiar and the macabre in her mainstream fiction, gives free rein to the dark side of her imagination, producing 16 gruesome, titillating, and bizarre short stories. These spine-tingling, surrealistic yarns represent yet another aspect of Oates' unparalleled literary genius and remarkable versatility.
Deliciously creepy stories to read in bed. The first one, titled the same as the book, Haunted, is particularly spooky, and the spookiness goes on from there, only getting better and better. Although she is an excellent writer, in every way, I am really fond of Oates's rendering of scary stories. They remind me of story telling around a campfire late at night. If that's your cup of tea, you'll love this book!
Typical "scary" Oates tales--loved it. This is from the back cover:
"Oates paints a rogues' gallery of demons with broad, bold strokes and phosphorescent luminosity."--Boston Globe
Novelist, poet, dramatist, and author of many of the best American short stories of our time, Joyce Carol Oates shows yet another aspect of her unbounded creativity in these tales of the grotesque. 'Haunted' collects sixteen tales that range from classic ghost stories to portrayals of chllling psychological terror--complex, multilayered, and gripping fiction that is very scary indeed. This collection plunges the reader into nightmare worlds where violence slips in unexpectedly, where reality turns into a
fun-house mirror, and where American culture goes awry in shocking, provocative ways.
A master storyteller of the dark side, Joyce Carol Oates presents horror that is both intellectural and visceral. Her favorite themes are given a surreal twist in these stories, which demonstrate the many shades of gothic horror. In 'Haunted', Joyce Carol Oates writes with the skillfully controlled prose, tightly woven plots, and deep psychological insight that have characterized her finest work.
"Intriguing...gleefully entwines the horrific and the homespun...serving up choice macabre moments."--The New York Times Book Review