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American Gothic Tales - Bruce McAllister, Joyce Carol Oates
American Gothic Tales
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Joyce Carol Oates has a special perspective on the “gothic” in American short fiction, at least partially because her own horror yarns rank on the spine-tingling chart with the masters. She is able to see the unbroken link of the macabre that ties Edgar Allan Poe to Anne Rice and to recognize the... show more
Joyce Carol Oates has a special perspective on the “gothic” in American short fiction, at least partially because her own horror yarns rank on the spine-tingling chart with the masters. She is able to see the unbroken link of the macabre that ties Edgar Allan Poe to Anne Rice and to recognize the dark psychological bonds between Henry James and Stephen King. This remarkable anthology of gothic fiction, spanning two centuries of American writing, gives us an intriguing and entertaining look at how the gothic imagination makes for great literature in the works of forty-six exceptional writers. In showing us the gothic vision—a world askew where mankind’s forbidden impulses are set free from the repressions of the psyche, and nature turns malevolent and lawless—Joyce Carol Oates includes Henry James’s “The Romance of Certain Old Clothes,” Herman Melville’s horrific tale of factory women, “The Tartarus of Maids,” and Edith Wharton’s “Afterward,” which are rarely collected and appear together here for the first time. Added to these stories of the past are new ones that explore the wounded worlds of Stephen King, Anne Rice, Peter Straub, Raymond Carver, and more than twenty other wonderful contemporary writers. This impressive collection reveals the astonishing scope of the gothic writer’s subject matter, style, and incomparable genius for manipulating our emotions and penetrating our dreams. With Joyce Carol Oates’s superb introduction, American Gothic Tales is destined to become the standard one-volume edition of the genre that American writers, if they didn’t create it outright, have brought to its chilling zenith.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780452274891 (0452274893)
ASIN: 452274893
Publisher: Plume
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
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Bitter Scheherazade
Bitter Scheherazade rated it
0.0 Coincidences are Happening as We Speak
"The Last Feast of the Harlequin". A short story by Thomas Ligotti, a part of the American Gothic Tales collection. What is it that buried itself before it's dead? Alright, I confess. I haven't taken writing reviews very seriously - hell, writing in general is not done to the output that it ne...
Bitter Scheherazade
Bitter Scheherazade rated it
0.0 Saturday Short-Story Round-up: Part 3
So I found this, and that means that I now have a source of fanfiction that I can read that won't come off as being as unintentionally hilarious as a teenage girl writing herself into Harry Potter and making the entire conflict in the wizarding world condensed into the immortal war between the goths...
Bitter Scheherazade
Bitter Scheherazade rated it
0.0 One Short Story Today Because I Spent all Week Working + Finishing up S.
Bah, what did I manage to read this week? Ambrose Bierce? Good enough for me to warrant a full post! Yep, I actually finished S. an hour or so ago, but I figured that I wouldn't miss out on a routine I'm getting used to. Deal with it. "The Damned Thing" - Ambrose Bierce Fucking a. A p...
Bitter Scheherazade
Bitter Scheherazade rated it
0.0 Saturday Short Story Round-up - American Gothic Tales, Part 1
I think that I need one day a week to talk, briefly, about the shorts I have been reading during the week. So, in the spirit of that - I will introduce a new segment known as Saturday Short Story Round-Up! Wieland, or The Transformation (Chapter 19) - Charles Brockden Brown [spoiler] ...
Danielle's Reading Adventures
Danielle's Reading Adventures rated it
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I believe this is where I read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
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