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Joyce Carol Oates assembles an outstanding cast of authors—including Margaret Atwood, Tananarive Due, and Megan Abbott—to explore, subvert, and reinvent one of the most vital subgenres of horror
"In this haunting new collection, edited by Oates, fifteen women writers explore the manifold horrors of living (and dying) in a patriarchal society . . . this collection may initially appeal to readers eager for tales filled with vampires and werewolves, influences from beyond the grave, and gore, guts, and ooze. They will not be disappointed. However, the stories not only bleed across the categorical boundaries they have been assigned, but also expand the scope of what is terrifying about the body—living or dead, human or nonhuman—in the first place . . . A bold collection of horror stories that flies in the face of both gender and genre conventions." —Kirkus Reviews
While the common belief is that "body horror" as a subgenre of horror fiction dates back to the 1970s, Joyce Carol Oates suggests that Medusa, the snake-haired gorgon in Greek mythology, is the "quintessential emblem of female body horror." In A Darker Shade of Noir: New Stories of Body Horror by Women Writers, Oates has assembled a spectacular cast to explore this subgenre focusing on distortions to the human body in the most fascinating of ways.
"Should we know nothing of the female monsters of antiquity," Oates writes in her introduction to the volume, "still we would know that body horror in its myriad manifestations speaks most powerfully to women and girls. To be female is to inhabit a body that is by nature vulnerable to forcible invasion, susceptible to impregnation and repeated pregnancies, condemned to suffer childbirth, often in the past early deaths in childbirth and in the aftermath of childbirth."
Featuring brand-new stories by: Margaret Atwood, Tananarive Due, Joyce Carol Oates, Megan Abbott, Raven Leilani, Aimee Bender, Lisa Lim, Cassandra Khaw, Elizabeth Hand, Valerie Martin, Sheila Kohler, Joanna Margaret, Lisa Tuttle, Aimee LaBrie, and Yumi Dineen Shiroma.
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Little DeathsEllen Datlow and J. Calvin Pierce and Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg and Joel Lane and Joyce Carol Oates and Melanie Tem and Kelley Eskridge and Sarah Clemens and Nicola Griffith and M. John Harrison and Jack Womack and Douglas Clegg and K. W. Jeter and Richard Christian Matheson and Lucius Shepard and Stephen Dedman and Lucy Taylor and Harry Crews and Wayne Allen Sallee and Nicholas Royle and Pat Cadigan
InfernoNathan Ballingrud and Laird Barron and Elizabeth Bear and Simon Bestwick and P. D. Cacek and Pat Cadigan and Ellen Datlow and Terry Dowling and Paul Finch and Jeffrey Ford and Christopher Fowler and Stephen Gallagher and John Grant and Glen Hirshberg and K. W. Jeter and Mike O'Driscoll and Joyce Carol Oates and Mark Samuels and Lucius Shepard and Lee Thomas and Conrad Williams
The DarkEllen Datlow and Jeffrey Ford and Tanith Lee and Terry Dowling and Mike O'Driscoll and Gahan Wilson and Jack Cady and Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen Gallagher and Daniel Abraham and Ramsey Campbell and Sharyn McCrumb and Charles L. Grant and Kathe Koja and Lucius Shepard and Kelly Link and Glen Hirshberg
Lovecraft UnboundEllen Datlow and Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud and Richard Bowes and Anna Tambour and Brian Evenson and Amanda Downum and Joel Lane and Holly Phillips and William Browning Spencer and Caitlín R. Kiernan and Michael Cisco and Marc Laidlaw and Joyce Carol Oates and Lavie Tidhar and Simon Kurt Unsworth and Michael Shea and Gemma Files and Sarah Monette and Laird Barron and Elizabeth Bear and Nick Mamatas
When Things Get DarkEllen Datlow and Joyce Carol Oates and Josh Malerman and Carmen Maria Machado and Paul Tremblay
The Cat Saw Murder: A Rachel Murdock Mystery (An American Mystery Classic)Dolores Hitchens and Joyce Carol Oates
Cutting EdgeJoyce Carol Oates and Margaret Atwood and Aimee Bender and Edwidge Danticat and Valerie Martin and Bernice L. McFadden
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