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