Night, Neon: Tales of Mystery and Suspense

Night, Neon: Tales of Mystery and Suspense

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From literary icon Joyce Carol Oates comes a brand new collection of haunting and, at times, darkly humorous mystery suspense stories. These are tales of psyches pushed to their limits by the expectations of everyday life—from a woman who gets lost on her drive home to her plush suburban home and ends up breaking into a stranger’s house, to a first-person account of a cloned 1940s magazine pinup girl being sold at auction and embodying America’s ideals of beauty and womanhood.


Taken as a whole, the collection forms a poignant tapestry of regular people searching for their place in a social hierarchy, often with devastating and disastrous results. Rendered with stylish, fresh writing from an author who continues to push the envelope, the stories deftly weave in and out of a stream-of-consciousness to reflect the ways we process traumatic experiences and impart that uncertainty and uneasiness to the reader.


Originally appearing in publications as disparate as Harper’s, Vice, and Conjunctions, the stories comprising Night, Neon showcase Oates’ mastery of the suspense story—and her relentless use of the form to conduct unapologetically honest explorations of American identity.

Title:Night, Neon: Tales of Mystery and Suspense
ISBN:9781613162309
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    Night, Neon: Tales of Mystery and Suspense Reviews

  • MarilynW

    Night, Neon by Joyce Carol Oates, narrated by Chelsea Stephens and Joe HempelWhen I read short stories, I can finish them feeling like there wasn't enough, so I think I'm better suited to full length ...

  • Max

    I don't read short stories much, but I was intrigued by the emphasis of the collection being very "dark". All of the stories are subtle at first but are meant to make you ponder once they are finished...

  • Nikki

    Having thoroughly enjoyed Joyce Carol Oates’ anthology, Faithless, I was really excited to dive into this. Especially being tagged as short stories of mystery and suspense. However, I was ultimately...

  • Jaksen

    A lot of creepy stories. Like modern Gothic. People in difficult circumstances, making difficult choices. Here's a brief precis on each: (No spoilers.)'Detour' An exploration into the mind - the aging...

  • Christina

    A surrealistic, creeping, interesting set of stories, beautifully written as always by Joyce Carol Oates. My favorite was the first story, Detour, about a woman in a car accident who can’t quite see...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    Each of these stories is an interior monologue, some plummeting depths that only a writer of Joyce Carol Oates's virtuosity can carry off. Here we encounter the damaged psyche of a cloned Marilyn Monr...

  • Bandit

    Another trip into the bleak imagination of Oates. By now I’m used to it, having read a number of her books, especially short story collections. They don’t have an easy or immediate appeal and thus...

  • Cody | CodysBookshelf

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC! This book releases in June. Some of Joyce Carol Oates’s best works are published with Mysterious Press, a smaller press that publishes her darker m...

  • ABookwormWithWine

    I have been trying to read more short stories lately and since the premise of Night, Neon: Tales of Mystery and Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates sounded so good I figured I would give it a shot. Unfortun...

  • StarMan

    Note: I would not call these "mystery" or "thriller" tales at all, though the subtitle begs to differ. Some of the stories do involve crime, at least after-the-fact or peripherally. 9 contemporary sho...