The Corn Maiden : And Other Nightmares Hardback
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Head of Zeus
- Publication Date: 01/11/2012
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781908800220
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Review by xuebi
Oates' collection of short stories in The Corn Maiden are not traditional horror stories with blood, gore, and monsters, but rather unsettling tales that slowly build up tension. Of the seven stories in the collection, the strongest is The Corn Maiden, a tale of a group of teenage girls attempting an American Indian sacrifice on a classmate; other standouts include A Hole in the Head, about a bizarre medical procedure gone wrong, and Death-Cup - a story about twin brothers forever opposed. <br/><br/>The remaining stories are also good, and the collection as a whole serves as a good introduction to Oates' works, most of which are short stories.