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Corn Maiden, the (2005) [Novella]
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“The Corn Maiden” is the gut-wrenching story of Marissa, a beautiful and sweet but somewhat slow eleven-year-old girl with hair the color of corn silk. Her single mother comes home one night to find her missing and she panics. The police want to know why she left her young daughter alone until 8:00 p.m. With the confession that she’d been with a man, she knows she will be accused of neglect, or worse. Suspicion falls on a computer teacher at Marissa’s school who has no alibi. Obvious clues—perhaps too obvious—point directly to him. Unsuspected is Judah (born Judith), an older girl from the same school who has told two friends in her thrall of the Indian legend of the Corn Maiden, in which a girl is sacrificed to ensure a good crop.

First published in Transgressions 4, ed. Ed McBain, Forge Books, 2005.

Original title: The Corn Maiden
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysterySuspense
FictionHorrorPsychological Horror

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Transgressions (2005) [Anthology]
      Authors: Stephen King , Lawrence Block , Donald E. Westlake , Sharyn McCrumb , Joyce Carol Oates , John Farris , Jeffery Deaver , Anne Perry , Walter Mosley , Ed McBain
     Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, the (2011) [Collection]
      Author: Joyce Carol Oates

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