Night-gaunts and other tales of suspense
—Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- author.
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"The book opens with a woman, naked except for her high-heeled shoes, seated in front of the window in an apartment she cannot, on her own, afford. In this exquisitely tense narrative reimagining of Edward Hopper's Eleven A.M., 1926, the reader enters the minds of both the woman and her married lover, each consumed by alternating thoughts of disgust and arousal, as he rushes, amorously, murderously, to her door. In "The Long-Legged Girl," an aging, jealous wife crafts an unusual game of Russian roulette involving a pair of Wedgewood teacups, a strong Bengal brew, and a lethal concoction of medicine. Who will drink from the wrong cup, the wife or the dance student she believes to be her husband's latest conquest? In "The Sign of the Beast," when a former Sunday school teacher's corpse turns up, the blighted adolescent she had by turns petted and ridiculed confesses to her murder--but is he really responsible? Another young outsider, Horace Phineas Love, Jr., is haunted by apparitions at the very edge of the spectrum of visibility after the death of his tortured father in "Night-Gaunts," a fantastic ode to H.P. Lovecraft. Reveling in the uncanny and richly in conversation with other creative minds, Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense stands at the crossroads of sex, violence, and longing--and asks us to interrogate the intersection of these impulses within ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.

Item Details
Psychological fiction.
Short stories.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Other Authors:
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- Experimental subject.
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- Long-legged girl.
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- Short stories. Selections.
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- Sign of the beast.
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- Walking wounded.
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- Woman in the window.
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
335 pages ; 22 cm
The woman in the window
The long-legged girl
Sign of the beast
The experimental subject
Walking wounded
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