Evil Eye: Four Novellas of Love Gone Wrong (Paperback)
In Evil Eye, Oates offers four chilling tales about love so powerful that people might die--or kill--for it.
In the title story, we meet Mariana, the young fourth wife of a prominent intellectual. When her husband's first wife comes to visit, Mariana learns a terrible secret that threatens her marriage and sanity. In "So Near Any Times Always," shy teenager Lizbeth meets Desmond, a charming older boy who offers the first spark of romance. Yet as their relationship blossoms, Lizbeth realizes that a menacing soul lies beneath Desmond's perfect fa ade. In "The Execution," spoiled college student Bart Hansen has planned the perfect crime to get back at his condescending parents. What he didn't plan on was the resilience of his mother's love, even in the face of death. And in "The Flatbed," childhood trauma has prevented Cecelia from enjoying physical intimacy with a man. But when she meets the love of her life, Cecelia must confront the demon who stole her innocence long ago.
With the razor-sharp prose that has made Joyce Carol Oates a living legend, Evil Eye shows love as sporadically magical, mysterious, and murderous.
About the Author
JOYCE CAROL OATES is the author of such national bestsellers as The Falls, Blonde, and We Were the Mulvaneys. Her other titles for The Mysterious Press include Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense, which features "The Woman in the Window," selected for The Best American Mystery Stories 2017; The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror, which won the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection; The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, which won the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Short Horror Fiction; and Jack of Spades. She is the recipient of the National Book Award for them and the 2010 President's National Humanities Medal.