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The Corn Maiden: And Other Nightmares Kindle Edition
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‘The Corn Maiden’, takes its inspiration from the ancient sacrificial rituals of Indian folklore, to describe the abduction and sadistic torture of Marissa, a shy young girl, from the viewpoint of two teenage narrators, Jude and Leah. The anguished voice of Marissa’s mother as she tries desperately to find her daughter alternates with that of her captors’ who are obsessed by Marissa’s beautiful golden hair, and who pretend not to know where she is. As in many of Joyce’s tales and novels, the voices of psychopathic, arrogant and delusional narrators are predominant. Joyce has an exceptional ability to capture these disturbing voices in their extreme fanatical obsessions, suggesting that these individuals are also symptomatic of moral emptiness in society at large.
In ‘Beersheba’, we are shown how the past haunts and catches up with the character of Brad Shiftke, a cocky womanizer and divorcee, now in his early 40s and suffering from diabetes. When Brad meets an unconventional young woman in her twenties for a drink, Beersheba, he lives to regret straying away into the woods to an abandoned church in the hope of having sex with her. Interestingly, Joyce makes us feel sympathy for Bradley despite ourselves. Beersheba’s heartless and violent plan is to avenge her mother’s accidental death, which Beersheba is convinced was due to Bradley leaving her mother. Again, it is the adamant convictions of Joyce’s characters that is chilling; frequently, their religious beliefs are used to justify their vengeful obsessiveness. As Beersheba tells Brad: “You will be scourged of God̶ that’s why you have been called to this place where there is nowhere to hide” (p.160).Read more ›
You probably will not view your teenager in the same light again!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Many years ago, I stumbled across a Joyce Carol Oates story in a horror anthology. What I most remember about the story was how vividly the feelings the characters experienced were... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear
Bold and unflinching writing. Dark themes beautifully expressed and explored.Published 22 months ago by CSPike
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.Published on 6 Feb. 2014 by Doris Lessing
Disturbing and beautiful, especially the title story. She writes so well. Her subject matter is dark and dangerous - the stories are haunting.Published on 31 Aug. 2013 by James Loader
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 on 21 Aug. 2013 by G
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 on 10 May 2013 by Lois Sparshott
Nice straight forwards, simple reading. A book thats a joy to pick up as the author shows yo the picturesPublished on 9 Mar. 2013 by Noura4eva
rather a strange story that is quite good to begin with then kinda loses the plot halfway through. A dissapointing readPublished on 17 Feb. 2013 by leymine
Very strange book, interesting and enjoyable but let down at the end of each tale, so disappointed at the endPublished on 31 Jan. 2013 by Mrs J Phillips