The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol OatesBold and haunting, The Doll-Master and Other Tales is a collection of six psychologically daring stories from Joyce Carol Oates. In the title story, a boy becomes obsessed with his cousin’s doll after she tragically passes away, and as he grows older, he begins to collect “found dolls” from surrounding neighborhoods. But just what kind of dolls are they? In “Gun Accident,” a teenage girl is delighted to house-sit for her favorite teacher, until an intruder forces his way inside the old Colonial—changing more than one life forever. The Doll-Master closes with a taut bibliomystery, about the owner of a middling chain of mystery bookstores whose plan to take over a rare bookshop in scenic New Hampshire derails into a game of verbal cat-and-mouse that threatens to have real-life consequences. Throughout the collection, Oates evokes “the fascination of the abomination” that is at the core of the most profound, the most unsettling, and the most memorable of dark mystery fiction.
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Joyce Carol Oates
The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror
Joyce Carol Oates born June 16, is an American writer. Oates published her first book in and has since published 58 novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She has won many awards for her writing, including the National Book Award ,  for her novel them , two O. Oates has taught at Princeton University since and is currently the Roger S. Her brother, Fred Jr. Oates attended the same one-room school her mother had attended as a child. This was love at first sight!
There are stories here that play with language and time for the purpose, it seems, of recreating the sheer noise of existence, stories that wonder what kind of narrative we can make out in the fog and chaos of words. In all his stories, the interior and the exterior darknesses tend to leak into each other. John Harrison, and the stories, different as they were from one another, shared a sense of horror as something numinous and elusive, too tricky to be approached head-on. Is this horror? I think it is.
Posted on February 18, Joyce Carol Oates has been writing since before she could read. She remembers making books by drawing in tablets and coloring and scribbling, and her characters were animals—chickens and cats—immortalized in her first novel The Cat House , which she still has somewhere. Oates believes a lot of horror comes from those first impressions formed during childhood when one is trying to figure out the rules of the world. The unknown?
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