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The Corn Maiden: And Other Nightmares [Kindle Edition]

Joyce Carol Oates
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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'Even within the wild and tangled menagerie that comprises our literary landscape, Joyce Carol Oates is a startling creature, possessed of a speed and talent that hints at the uncanny ... The Corn Maiden provides further confirmation of a unique writer's restless, preternatural brilliance' Guardian.

'For horror stories to be truly horrific, the reader has to care. Oates feels this deeply in her writing and delivers with style' Independent on Sunday.

'Oates has a talent for creating suspense and surprise, while apparently withholding nothing' The Times.

'Oates unerringly manages to unsettle the reader, preying deftly and mercilessly on our deepest anxieties' Metro.

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One day an 11-year-old girl disappears. She was playing with friends from school. The crop is strengthened by her blood...

Marissa is an innocent girl, with hair the colour of corn-silk. She does not hold others in strange thrall, as some young women do, she obeys her parents, she does not stay late after school, lingering on her walk through the swaying heads of maize. She is the perfect sacrifice...

In Joyce Carol Oates' nightmarish world, teenaged girls are empowered by ritual killing, plastic surgeons perform bloodcurdling operations and birthdays rip families apart. Compulsively readable, told in razor-sharp prose, The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares is the brilliant new offspring of one of America's most terrifying imaginations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802126022
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NFOOBO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including 'We Were the Mulvaneys', which was an Oprah Book Club Choice, and 'Blonde', which was nominated for the National Book Award. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories by a great author 26 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
Melancholy and agony are the two prevalent elements in this short story collection that comes out in America next week; agony about what tomorrow is going to bring, and melancholy for everything that the protagonists are going or have gone through and about their lives' ever repeating deadlocks.
The title story, which has the size of a novella, is I'd dare say the best by far. Reading through it we come to find out about the tragic events that take place in the life of a desperate woman, but we are also given a chance to have a good look into the darkness of some young souls. It all begins when eleven year old Marissa goes missing. The first suspect is a young professor, but soon enough he's cleared since he has an alibi. Leah, the girl's mother thinks that he's innocent too and somehow, little by little she starts getting close to him. As they talk things over they come to think that there's a big conspiracy taking place behind their backs. And a conspiracy there is. However, when the drama reaches its peak things take an unexpected turn which leads in a crude and ironical way to the fulfillment of somebody's dream.
Brad Shiftke and Stacey Lynn, a mysterious man and a young woman, star in Beersheba. Brad lives in Carthage, New York, where he one day meets Stacey who comes to visit. As it turns out she's his second wife's daughter. According to her he's to blame for her mother's death. Now she's here to seek revenge.
Jessica is a little girl that doesn't feel so well these days. She and her family are in a house on the mountains, a place she loves, but this time she cannot really enjoy her stay there. And that's only because the baby is with them; her newborn sister that draws all the attention on her and makes her jealous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage angst and violence! 7 Sep 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Joyce Carol Oates never fails and this collection of stories will give you a new view of what can go on in some teenage minds. Plastic surgeons, birthday parties, kidnaps all contribute to the 'nightmare'.
You probably will not view your teenager in the same light again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Oates 22 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories, all quite dark and disturbing. One of the best books of hers I have read although I have liked many of her books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy 19 Jan 2013
By mijo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A good read, enjoyed the plot, involving how innocence can be evil. Would certainly recommend it to others. Well done Jason.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen of the Modern Conte Cruel 9 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Joyce Carol Oates is one of the few writers whose work gets better as she goes on. I especially like her because she eschews formulas and attempts originality, not writing the same book over and over again. The titular story in this collection, beautifully written, is an agonising study of how in modern times, aided and abetted by the media, lives can be ruined at a childish whim. When you are young, horrors are usually fantastical; as you get older you begin to understand that real horror lies in the ordinary and the mundane. Oates's contes cruel (look it up!) are for readers who like to think, who don't need an author to spell everything out for them. Great stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down.... 29 Dec 2012
By Sam
Format:Kindle Edition
Great short stories, just right for bedtime reading but sometimes endings disappointing....was hoping for more. Will look for more books by same author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories by a great author 4 Dec 2012
By Kaz
Format:Kindle Edition
Melancholy and agony are the two prevalent elements in this short story collection that comes out in America next week; agony about what tomorrow is going to bring, and melancholy for everything that the protagonists are going or have gone through and about their lives' ever repeating deadlocks.
The title story, which has the size of a novella, is I'd dare say the best by far. Reading through it we come to find out about the tragic events that take place in the life of a desperate woman, but we are also given a chance to have a good look into the darkness of some young souls. It all begins when eleven year old Marissa goes missing. The first suspect is a young professor, but soon enough he's cleared since he has an alibi. Leah, the girl's mother thinks that he's innocent too and somehow, little by little she starts getting close to him. As they talk things over they come to think that there's a big conspiracy taking place behind their backs. And a conspiracy there is. However, when the drama reaches its peak things take an unexpected turn which leads in a crude and ironical way to the fulfillment of somebody's dream.
Brad Shiftke and Stacey Lynn, a mysterious man and a young woman, star in Beersheba. Brad lives in Carthage, New York, where he one day meets Stacey who comes to visit. As it turns out she's his second wife's daughter. According to her he's to blame for her mother's death. Now she's here to seek revenge.
Jessica is a little girl that doesn't feel so well these days. She and her family are in a house on the mountains, a place she loves, but this time she cannot really enjoy her stay there. And that's only because the baby is with them; her newborn sister that draws all the attention on her and makes her jealous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A creepy and unsettling read. 6 Feb 2014
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Loved this book, the title story, "The Corn Maiden" is a total page-turner and very unsettling. Joyce Carol Oates writes creepy and unsettling stories like no other.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
It was ok I have read much much better and has quite a lot of rude words which to me Is not real literature.
Published 13 months ago by G
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my sort of story
I really didn't like this at all, I found it sordid and unpleasant, and although Oates is a talented writer I was unable to engae in any way with this book.
Published 16 months ago by Lois Sparshott
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++
Nice straight forwards, simple reading. A book thats a joy to pick up as the author shows yo the pictures
Published 18 months ago by Noura4eva
2.0 out of 5 stars strange
rather a strange story that is quite good to begin with then kinda loses the plot halfway through. A dissapointing read
Published 19 months ago by leymine
3.0 out of 5 stars Corn Maiden
Very strange book, interesting and enjoyable but let down at the end of each tale, so disappointed at the end
Published 19 months ago by Mrs J Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Bought this because it looked interesting. The idea for the story was good, but the treatment seemed to be a little superficial and just skimmed over events.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written
This is a well written volume of short stories but didn't really appeal to me all that much but you must bear in mind that choice of art and literature is very subjective.
Published 20 months ago by Yvonne Aston
1.0 out of 5 stars The corn maiden
The corn maiden did not like at all rubbish !!! Not for me did not like at all would not .
Published 20 months ago by dorothy kilday
3.0 out of 5 stars Addition to library
Not read it yet as I have been far to busy doing other things. I will be able to give an honest opinion, when I get round to reading it.
Published 20 months ago by Tula Neilson
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