My next selection of short stories I admire is “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates.
I find that this tale contains one of the most subtly creepy and disturbing descriptions of a character – Arthur Friend – that I’ve ever read. It underscores the truth in Alfred Hitchcock’s quote: “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”
The girl’s reactions to Mr. Friend’s attention are worrying. (You’ll see that name is not appropriate.) For any writer who has received critique that their manuscript lacks tension this is a must read.
If you’ve never read this tale, do it. Do it now. It’s here.