The Sign of the Beast
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
Novella Short Story
Publication Date: 11/28/2017
My Rating: 4 Stars The National Book Award–winning and New York Times bestselling master of psychological suspense returns with a short story of a young boy’s sexual awareness disturbed by cruelty, obsession, and rage. Eleven-year-old Howard was born with a birthmark on his cheek. His Sunday school teacher mockingly calls it the “sign of the beast.” Too hateful to be named, for Howard she is only Mrs. S——. And she’s as careless in causing him misery as she is willful in arousing his shame. All Howard can do is look away—until he realizes he can turn the aggression on its head. When the hunted becomes the hunter, what will happen next?
Look for NIGHT GAUNTS coming June 5, 2018
In the title story of her taut new fiction collection, Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense, Joyce Carol Oates writes: Life was not of the surface like the glossy skin of an apple, but deep inside the fruit where seeds are harbored. There is no writer more capable of picking out those seeds and exposing all their secret tastes and poisons than Oates herself―as brilliantly demonstrated in these six stories.
About the Author
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Joyce Carol Oates is the author of such national bestsellers as The Falls, We Were the Mulvaneys, and Blonde. Among her many honors are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the President’s Medal for the Humanities, 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. Read More