The Museum of Dr. Moses

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The Museum of Dr. Moses
Author Joyce Carol Oates
Country United States
Language English
Genre Short story collection
Publisher Harcourt
Publication date
August 6, 2007
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 240
ISBN 0-15-101531-7 (first edition)
OCLC 74460086
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3565.A8 M87 2007
Preceded by High Lonesome: New and Selected Stories 1966–2006

The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense is a short story collection by Joyce Carol Oates[1] which comprises shorter works in a darker genre. In "The Man Who Fought Roland LaStarza" a woman’s world is upended when she learns the brutal truth about a family friend’s death—and what her father is capable of. Meanwhile, a businessman desperate to find his missing two-year-old grandson in "Suicide Watch" must determine whether the horrifying tale his junkie son tells him about the boy’s whereabouts is a confession or a sick test. In "Valentine, July Heat Wave" a man prepares a gruesome surprise for the wife determined to leave him. And the children of a BTK-style serial killer struggle to decode the patterns behind their father’s seemingly random bad acts, as well as their own, in "Bad Habits."

In these and other stories, Joyce Carol Oates explores with bloodcurdling insight the ties that bind—or worse.


  1. ^ "The Horrors of the Everyday". The Washington Post. October 28, 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-14.