Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates (born 1938) is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over 40 novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She has won many awards for her writing.


Oates's short story Haunted, originally published 1987 in The Architecture of Fear, contains an interesting F/f spanking scene.

In the story, Melissa, a 13-year-old girl, has been dared by her friend to enter a run-down, possibly haunted house. There she encounters, apparently, a ghost in the form of a big, domineering woman.

Don't hurt me, I said, and she said, "You know you have to be punished — you and your pretty blond sister."

"She isn't my sister," I said.

"And what is her name?"

The woman was bending over me, quivering with laughter.

"Speak up, miss. What is it?"

"I don't know—" I started to say. But my voice said, "Mary Lou."

The woman's big breasts spilled down into her belly, I could feel her shaking with laughter. But she spoke sternly saying that Mary Lou and I had been very bad girls and we knew it her house was forbidden territory and we knew it hadn't we known all along that others had come to grief beneath its roof?

"No," I started to say. But my voice said, "Yes."

The woman laughed, crouching above me. "Now, miss, 'Melissa' as they call you — your parents don’t know where you are at this very moment, do they?"

"I don't know."

"Do they?"


"They don't know anything about you, do they? What you do, and what you think? You and 'Mary Lou'"


She regarded me for a long moment, smiling. Her smile was wide, friendly.

"You're a spunky little girl, aren't you, with a mind of your own, aren't you, you and your pretty little sister. I bet your bottoms have been warmed many a time," the woman said, showing her big tobacco-stained teeth, in a grin, "...your tender little asses."

I began to giggle. My bladder tightened.

"Hand that here, miss," the woman said. She took the willow switch from my fingers — I had forgotten I was holding it. "I will now administer punishment: take down your jeans. Take down your panties. Lie down on that mattress. Hurry."

She spoke briskly now, she was all business. "Hurry Melissa! And your panties! Or do you want me to pull them down for you?"

  — from Haunted


  • Joyce Carol Oates: Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque, Dutton Adult, 1994, hardcover, ISBN 978-0525936558 (Haunted is the first story in this collection)
  • Joyce Carol Oates: Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque, Plume, 1995, paperback, ISBN 978-0452273740 (Haunted is the first story in this collection)
  • Peter Haining: The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories, Robinson, 2007, ISBN 978-1845294762 (anthology containing Haunted)
  • Ellen Datlow: Hauntings, Tachyon Publications, 2013, ISBN 9781616961459 (anthology containing Haunted)

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