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Dan Chaon

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Dan Chaon is an author born and raised in Nebraska. He is a novelist who wrote "Among the Missing" which was a 2001 finalist for the National Book Award and named one of the year's ten best books by the American Library Association. His short stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, näytä lisää The Pushcart Prize Anthologies and The O. Henry Prize Stories. His 2017 novel "Ill Will" was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. It was also nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award and International Thriller Writers Award. Chaon began his career as a professor at Oberlin College where he was the Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing. He retired in 2018 to fcous full-time on his writng. His third short story collection, Stay Awake, was a finalist for The Story Prize. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Image credit: reading at National Book Festival By Slowking4 - Own work, GFDL 1.2, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62180025

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Tekijän teokset

Await Your Reply (2009) 1,585 kappaletta, 153 arvostelua
You Remind Me of Me (2004) 869 kappaletta, 36 arvostelua
Ill Will (2017) 720 kappaletta, 136 arvostelua
Among the Missing (2001) 466 kappaletta, 15 arvostelua
Stay Awake (2012) 361 kappaletta, 64 arvostelua
Sleepwalk (2022) 222 kappaletta, 27 arvostelua
Fitting Ends (2003) 123 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Beckoning Fair One (Disorder collection) (2019) 22 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Other 3 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Somnambule (2024) 2 kappaletta
Chaos Krankenhaus. (2002) 1 kappale

Associated Works

Tohtori Jekyll ja herra Hyde (1886) — Jälkisanat, eräät painokset17,310 kappaletta, 320 arvostelua
McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (2002) — Avustaja — 1,476 kappaletta, 20 arvostelua
The other (1971) — Jälkisanat, eräät painokset1,382 kappaletta, 33 arvostelua
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005 (2005) — Avustaja — 618 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
The Best American Short Stories 2003 (2003) — Avustaja — 473 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Poe's Children: The New Horror: An Anthology (2008) — Avustaja — 463 kappaletta, 16 arvostelua
Shadow Show (2012) — Avustaja — 370 kappaletta, 31 arvostelua
The Best American Short Stories 1996 (1996) — Avustaja — 249 kappaletta
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection (2004) — Avustaja — 235 kappaletta, 9 arvostelua
The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (2007) — Johdanto — 225 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
The Best of McSweeney's {complete} (1800) — Avustaja — 145 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Prize Stories 2001: The O. Henry Awards (2001) — Avustaja — 124 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five (2013) — Avustaja — 123 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
21st Century Dead (2012) — Avustaja — 120 kappaletta, 19 arvostelua
Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror (2016) — Avustaja — 109 kappaletta, 10 arvostelua
Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror (2015) — Avustaja — 77 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things (2012) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Ten-Word Tragedies (2019) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta

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Really dug this earthy, goofy sci-fi road novel. Felt super influenced by Pynchon, Dick, Brautigan, Vonnegut, and the like while still feeling contemporary.
 
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Amateria66 | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 24, 2024 |
Twisted Sister
Review of the Amazon Original Kindle eBook edition (June 27, 2019)

I noticed it most clearly when she began to show interest in boys. She didn’t act like the girls you read about in books, with their romantic diaries, worrying about clothes and hairdos and so forth. Instead there was a kind of wolfishness that I’d never seen in her before, something fierce and relentless and without logic, or at least not any logic that I could grasp.


I've read some good reviews recently about the Disorder series and realized that I hadn't finished reading all 6 stories myself, although there had been a few good ones and only one dud. So I circled back to catch The Beckoning Fair One. This was quite a good creepy story which builds a considerable amount of tension throughout as we read one young teenage boy's observations about the increasingly erratic behaviour of his older teenage sister.

You begin to anticipate that some sort of witchcraft or voodoo process is underway, but the final reveal is more alien than that. The finale is vague though and you don't completely understand what happens, so that kept it out of 5 territory for me. But the suspense buildup otherwise was well done.

The Beckoning Fair One is the 5th of 6 short stories/novellas in the Amazon Original Disorder Series. “Stories that get inside your head. From small-town witch hunts to mass incarceration to exploitations of the flesh, this chilling collection of twisted short stories imagines the horrors of a modern world not unlike our own.”

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This short story title was quite unique and its reference to a painting was intriguing:
I used to pretend that the painting in the drawing room was our mother’s likeness—it was a portrait of a woman in a white nightgown, with long curling brown hair, and she stood in a foggy garden with her arm held out and her index finger extended. It was called The Beckoning Fair One, and Grandmother said it was painted in the 1800s by an artist named Sophronia Comfort Vale.

After some googling, it seems that no such painting or artist exist. There is however another short story titled The Beckoning Fair One (1911) by Oliver Onions (1873-1961). That is a ghost story which may have provided some inspiration for Dan Chaon.
The cover for one edition of the 1911 ghost story does feature a painting of a possible "beckoning fair one."
See cover image at https://ia801401.us.archive.org/25/items/beckoningfairone_2211_librivox/beckonin...
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alanteder | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 15, 2024 |
I'm giving this 4 stars because I couldn't stop reading it but I kind of hated it and I'm left here at the end thinking WTF was that crazy ride?

Mood currently is bleak after the Las Vegas shooting a day ago and reading this creepy and malevolent book kept me in a miserable mood and yet I kept reading. Weird formatting, nutzo characters, drug addled paragraphs, unreliable narrators galore. I *think* I know what happened in the end but really....who knows. I'm not even entirely convinced all the characters we met were real people.





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hmonkeyreads | 135 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 25, 2024 |
I loved it! Completely depressing and bleak but loved it anyway.

Read this at night and it was a very strange counterpoint to my days - being a tourist at Disney World.

Chaon pulls you right into the dark headspace of his characters and makes you feel their sadness.
 
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hmonkeyreads | 63 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 25, 2024 |

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