9780452274891

American Gothic Tales

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  • ISBN13:

    9780452274891

  • ISBN10:

    0452274893

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/1/1996
  • Publisher: PENGUIN

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

In addition to many prize-winning and bestselling novels, including We Were the Mulvaneys, Black Water, and Because It Is Bitter and Because It Is My Heart (available in Plume editions), Joyce Carol Oates is the author of a number of works of gothic fiction including Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque (Plume), a 1995 World Fantasy Award nominee; and Zombie (Plume), winner of the 1996 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 and her latest novel is Broke Heart Blues (Dutton). She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(9)
from Wieland, or The Transformation
10(9)
Charles Brockden Brown
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
19(26)
Washington Irving
The Man of Adamant, Young Goodman Brown
45(20)
Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Tartarus of Maids
65(13)
Herman Melville
The Black Cat
78(9)
Edgar Allan Poe
The Yellow Wallpaper
87(16)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Romance of Certain Old Clothes
103(18)
Henry James
The Damned Thing
121(8)
Ambrose Bierce
Afterward
129(28)
Edith Wharton
The Striding Place
157(6)
Gertrude Atherton
Death in the Woods
163(12)
Sherwood Anderson
The Outsider
175(7)
H. P. Lovecraft
A Rose for Emily
182(9)
William Faulkner
The Lonesome Place
191(8)
August Derleth
The Door
199(5)
E. B. White
The Lovely House
204(22)
Shirley Jackson
Allal
226(10)
Paul Bowles
The Reencounter
236(6)
Isaac Bashevis Singer
In the Icebound Hothouse
242(11)
William Goyen
The Enormous Radio
253(11)
John Cheever
The Veldt
264(14)
Ray Bradbury
The Dachau Shoe, The Approved, Spiders I Have Known, Postcards from the Maginot Line
278(8)
W. S. Merwin
Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
286(15)
Sylvia Plath
In Bed One Night
301(3)
Robert Coover
Schrodinger's Cat
304(8)
Ursula K. Le Guin
The Waterworks
312(3)
E. L. Doctorow
Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
315(10)
Harlan Ellison
Human Moments in World War III
325(14)
Don DeLillo
The Anatomy of Desire
339(5)
John L'Heureux
Little Things
344(2)
Raymond Carver
The Temple
346(3)
Joyce Carol Oates
Freniere
349(9)
Anne Rice
A Short Guide to the City
358(11)
Peter Straub
In The Penny Arcade
369(9)
Steven Millhauser
The Reach
378(20)
Stephen King
Exchange Value
398(8)
Charles Johnson
Snow
406(14)
John Crowley
The Last Feast of Harlequin
420(35)
Thomas Ligotti
Time and Again
455(5)
Breece D'J Pancake
Replacements
460(15)
Lisa Tuttle
Spirit Seizures
475(11)
Melissa Pritchard
Cat in Glass
486(14)
Nancy Etchemendy
The Girl Who Loved Animals
500(18)
Bruce McAllister
Ursus Triad, Later
518(7)
Kathe Koja
Barry N. Malzberg
The Nuclear Family: His Talk, Her Teeth
525(8)
Katherine Dunn
Subsoil
533
Nicholson Baker

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