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American Gothic Tales

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American Gothic Tales

American Gothic Tales is an anthology of "gothic" American short fiction. Edited and with an Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates, it was published by Plume in 1996. It featured contributions by Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, Anne Rice and others, and included over 40 stories.[1]


American Gothic Tales

  • Introduction
    • Excerpt from introduction: "My original intention in assembling American Gothic Tales was to provide an historic overview of "gothicism" in our literature and, of course, to bring together favorite, distinctive stories. As the months passed and I immersed myself in reading, particularly in the burgeoning contemporary field, I discovered that frank eroticism and female-male relations are no longer taboo in gothic tales (see Lisa Tuttle's ominous "Replacements" and Kathe Koja's and Barry N. Malzberg's lyrically sadomasochistic "Ursus Triad, Later"); and that an older classic like Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt" has acquired, in our age of children's and adolescents' video games, a terrifying prescience..." [1]
  • Charles Brockden Brown - Wieland; or, the Transformation
  • Lisa Tuttle - Replacements
    -- Stuart stomps and kills an ugly creature on the street only to find his wife is caring for one of these "things"!


  1. ^ a b "A Joyce Carol Oates Home Page - Dust Jacket Blurb, Introduction, Contents"
  2. ^
  3. ^ "East of the Web, Short Stories. The Striding Place Full Text"
  4. ^ "The Weird Worlds of Nancy Etchemendy"

External links

  • Amazon, American Gothic Tales
  • Celestial Timepiece - A Joyce Carol Oates Home Page - American Gothic Tales
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