American Gothic Tales

Penguin Publishing Group, 1 dec. 1996 - 560 pagina's
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.

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.†

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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Gebruikersrecensie  - jellyfishjones - LibraryThing

This is a superbly edited and very accessible collection. Oates has carefully balanced the pieces across a wide array of variables - chronology, subject, length, and style. There is some overlap ... Volledige review lezen


Gebruikersrecensie  - Kirkus

A generous anthology of 46 stories, written between the late-18th century and the present, representing the genre characterized by editor Oates (in her Introduction) as "the surreal, raised to the ... Volledige review lezen


Lisa Tuttle 1952 Replacements
Melissa Pritchard 1948 Spirit Seizures
Nancy Etchemendy 1952 Cat in Glass

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Over de auteur (1996)

In addition to many prize-winning and bestselling novels, including†We Were the Mulvaneys, Black Water,†Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart, and†Broke Heart Blues,Joyce Carol Oates†is the author of a number of works of gothic fiction including†Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque,†a World Fantasy Award nominee; and†Zombie, winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel, awarded by the Horror Writers' Association. In 1994, Oates received the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award in Horror Fiction. She is the editor of†American Gothic Tales. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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