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Dan Chaon

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About the Author

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, mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos

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Obras por Dan Chaon

Await Your Reply (2009) 1,575 exemplares
You Remind Me of Me (2004) 869 exemplares
Ill Will (2017) 710 exemplares
Among the Missing (2001) 462 exemplares
Stay Awake (2012) 356 exemplares
Sleepwalk (2022) 215 exemplares
Fitting Ends (2003) 121 exemplares
The Other 3 exemplares
Somnambule (2024) 1 exemplar
Chaos Krankenhaus. 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) — Posfácio, algumas edições17,120 exemplares
McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (2002) — Contribuidor — 1,470 exemplares
The Other (1971) — Posfácio, algumas edições1,359 exemplares
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2005 (2005) — Contribuidor — 615 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 468 exemplares
Poe's Children: The New Horror: An Anthology (2008) — Contribuidor — 459 exemplares
Shadow Show (2012) — Contribuidor — 364 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1996 (1996) — Contribuidor — 247 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection (2004) — Contribuidor — 232 exemplares
The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (2007) — Introdução — 223 exemplares
The Best of McSweeney's {complete} (1800) — Contribuidor — 144 exemplares
Prize Stories 2001: The O. Henry Awards (2001) — Contribuidor — 123 exemplares
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five (2013) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
21st Century Dead (2012) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror (2016) — Contribuidor — 108 exemplares
Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror (2015) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
Ten-Word Tragedies (2019) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Chaon, Dan
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Sidney, Nebraska
Locais de residência
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Schwartz, Sheila (wife)
Oberlin College
Prémios e menções honrosas
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (Literature, 2006)
Finalist, National Book Award, 2001



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.”

Trivia and Links
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 outras críticas | 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 outras críticas | 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.
hmonkeyreads | 63 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2024 |
Great novel. Intrigued from page one and guessing until the last chapter. I'm not sure that I could explain what it's about to anyone but I certainly enjoyed it.
hmonkeyreads | 152 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2024 |



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