Night-gaunts : and other tales of suspense / Joyce Carol Oates.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Grove Atlantic paperback edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: 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.
    • Content Notes:
      The woman in the window -- The long-legged girl -- Sign of the beast -- The experimental subject -- Walking wounded -- Night-gaunts.
    • Other Titles:
      Short stories. Selections
    • ISBN:
      0802129668
      9780802129666
    • Accession Number:
      on1057855282
      1057855282
    • Accession Number:
      lcc.on1057855282
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      OATES, J. C. Night-gaunts : and other tales of suspense. [s. l.]: The Mysterious Press an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2019. ISBN 0802129668. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.on1057855282&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 11 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Oates JC. Night-Gaunts : And Other Tales of Suspense. The Mysterious Press an imprint of Grove Atlantic; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.on1057855282&custid=s6224580. Accessed December 11, 2019.
    • APA:
      Oates, J. C. (2019). Night-gaunts : and other tales of suspense. The Mysterious Press an imprint of Grove Atlantic. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.on1057855282&custid=s6224580
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Oates, Joyce Carol. 2019. Night-Gaunts : And Other Tales of Suspense. The Mysterious Press an imprint of Grove Atlantic. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.on1057855282&custid=s6224580.
    • Harvard:
      Oates, J. C. (2019) Night-gaunts : and other tales of suspense. The Mysterious Press an imprint of Grove Atlantic. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.on1057855282&custid=s6224580 (Accessed: 11 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Oates, JC 2019, Night-gaunts : and other tales of suspense, The Mysterious Press an imprint of Grove Atlantic, viewed 11 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Oates, Joyce Carol. Night-Gaunts : And Other Tales of Suspense. The Mysterious Press an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.on1057855282&custid=s6224580.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Oates, Joyce Carol. Night-Gaunts : And Other Tales of Suspense. The Mysterious Press an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.on1057855282&custid=s6224580.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Oates JC. Night-gaunts : and other tales of suspense [Internet]. The Mysterious Press an imprint of Grove Atlantic; 2019 [cited 2019 Dec 11]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.on1057855282&custid=s6224580

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 May #1

In her latest "tales of suspense" collection, following DIS MEM BER (2017), Oates dramatizes mysteries of the mind, her forte. An expert in crafting escalating inner monologues as her narrators struggle against malevolent circumstances and the mental aberrations trauma engenders, Oates continues her audacious inquiry into sexual terrors in six substantial, insightful, and creepy stories. Overweight, aging, boozy New England faculty wife Elinor decides to take revenge, but only in the fairest way possible, against the latest beautiful "long-legged girl" entrancing her husband. In "Sign of the Beast," young Howard, husky, clumsy, and tagged with a birthmark on his cheek, is appalled and aroused by his wildly inappropriate Sunday-school teacher, and when her body is found, his reaction shocks everyone. Oates unites a vulnerable misfit and a mad scientist in "The Experimental Subject," a grotesque tale with a redemptive twist. The intriguing title tale is a sensitive, clever, and affecting tribute to horror master H. P. Lovecraft, who coined "night-gaunts" to describe the eerie creatures that plagued him. Oates' spookiness is visceral, psychologically involving, and socially astute. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 January #1

From a jealous wife's playing Russian roulette with Wedgewood teacups to a visualization of Edward Hopper's Eleven A.M., 1926: six creepy stories.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 April #2

The eponymous creatures haunting the Providence, R.I., mansion where the gothic title story is set seem about as terrifying as toddlers draped in bedsheets compared to some of the humans in this unsettling collection from Oates (Beautiful Days). "Sign of the Beast" centers on Mrs. S___, a sadistic Sunday school teacher who both angers and sexually arouses her lumbering, self-conscious student, Howard. In "Walking Wounded," L___, a 41-year-old cancer patient "eviscerated" by his surgeries, starts stalking a wraithlike young woman—when he's not fantasizing about chloroform and dumping a body in the local lake. Ghastliest of all, however, are the scientific researchers of "The Experimental Subject," in which senior technician N___, acting with the enthusiastic backing of his government-funded primate laboratory team, performs an experiment on ungainly undergrad Mary Frances that may raise the hackles of #MeToo supporters. The upsetting journey is in no way redeemed by the slapdash resolution. Oates pushes the boundary between the disturbing and the offensive with mixed results. Agent: Warren Frazier, John Hawkins & Assoc. (June)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.