The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates

The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares

Joyce Carol Oates

365 pages first pub 2011 (editions)

fiction horror short stories dark reflective medium-paced


An incomparable master storyteller in all forms, in "The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares" Joyce Carol Oates spins six imaginative tales of suspense. The Corn Maiden is the gut-wrenching story of Marissa, a beautiful and sweet eleven-year-old girl...

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Community Reviews Summary of 210 reviews


dark 100%
tense 60%
mysterious 40%
sad 40%
challenging 20%
emotional 10%
funny 10%
reflective 10%


slow 44%
medium 44%
fast 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 83% | Plot: 16%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 33% | N/A: 33% | No: 33%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 57% | No: 42%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 80% | N/A: 20%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | No: 33%

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