The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror

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From Joyce Carol Oates, literary icon and author of BLONDE, now a major motion picture, six terrifying tales to chill the blood.

A young boy plays with dolls instead of action figures. But as he grows older, his passion takes on a darker edge...

A white man shoots dead a black youth creating a media frenzy. But could it have been self-defense as he claims?

A nervous woman tries to escape her husband. He says he loves her, but she's convinced he wants to kill her...

These quietly lethal stories from a unique imagination reveal the horrors that dwell within us all.

Reviews for Joyce Carol Oates:

'A writer of extraordinary strengths.' Guardian
'Oates chillingly depicts the darkness lurking within the everyday.' Sunday Express
'Both haunting and sublime.' Literary Review
'Splendidly chilling.' Financial Times
'Visceral, psychologically involving, and socially astute.' Booklist
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27mm | 238g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784971030
  • 9781784971038
  • 234,541

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'A writer of extraordinary strengths' * Guardian * 'Both haunting and sublime' * Literary Review * 'An unsettling read worth every resulting jump in the night... [Oates is a] literary goddess' * Daily Mail * 'As usual with Oates, it is horribly readable, but driven by something disturbingly like genuine misanthropy' * Sunday Times * 'Oates chillingly depicts the darkness lurking within the everyday' * Sunday Express * 'A sense of helplessness is the essence of horror, and Oates conveys that feeling as well as any writer around' * New York Times Book Review * 'A collection that displays Oates's ability to inhabit distinctive voices to chilling effect' * Observer * 'At her best Oates is simply incredible' * Nudge Book * 'A revelation... These tales clearly illustrate the author's great narrative and literary skills. Highly recommended' * Promoting Crime * 'Oates is simply the most consistently inventive, brilliant, curious and creative writer going, as far as I'm concerned' -- Gillian Flynn
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About Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates, literary icon, is the author of more than 70 books, including the bestselling novels We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde. Among her many honours are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the National Book Award. Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

Follow Joyce on @JoyceCarolOates
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2,497 ratings
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4 36% (893)
3 33% (825)
2 11% (287)
1 3% (76)
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