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In three short story collections and one novel, Judith Gorog has established herself as a writer of unsettling insight and canny wit. A Taste for Quiet and Other Disquieting Tales (Philomel, 1982), Caught in the Turtle (Philomel, 1983), No Swimming in Dark Pond and Other Chilling Tales (Philomel, 1987), and Three Dreams and a Nightmare and Other Tales of the Dark (Philomel, 1988) map out sharply edged worlds of dislocation and self-discovery, of real and false security, and wishes granted and gone awry.
Born in 1938 in Madison, Wisconsin, Judith Gorog grew up in Pennsylvania, Texas, and California before moving with her mother and stepfather to Wiesbaden, Germany, where she attended an American Air Force high school. After the suburbs, Gorog loved living in a European city, and spent her time exploring the beautiful streets, visiting coffeehouses, and taking horseback-riding lessons. In addition to the local culture, there was an American library with thousands of books in English for her to read. Gorog returned to the United States for college, attending San Jose State College and graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1961. She received her master's degree from Mills College in 1963. After working for many years as an editor and technical writer, Gorog published her first children's book, , in 1982. Since then she has made a name for herself with her “spooky” stories and has published novels and picture books in addition to collections. Gorog and her Hungarian-born husband lived in Italy for a year, and have traveled to Peru, Japan, and Hungary. They have three children and a number of pets. Gorog speaks German, French, Italian, and Hungarian as well as English. When she is not writing, she counts among her many interests cooking, skiing, hiking, swimming, people-watching, and visiting hardware stores.
Nevertheless the story “Those Three Wishes”, written by Judith Gorog is a wonderful story. Explaining how an average teenage girl realizes to be careful of what she wishes for. Even though Melinda Alice died at the end of the story, through out the whole story, Melinda Alice changes from a bitter, selfish girl to a wonderful young lady.
"Something Green" by Frederic Brown
"The Inn of Lost Time" by Lensey Namioka
"Aunty Misery" retold by Judith Ortiz Cofer
"Those Three Wishes" by Judith GorogBulletin for the Center for Children's Books - Spring, 1998
These retellings of literary and traditional tales have a sly humor and appealing wit that suits Birch's elegant style and controlled delivery. Melinda Alice (Malice) gets her comeuppance in Judith Gorog's slickly plotted "Those Three Wishes"; the haunting "Peter Kagan and the Wind" tells of a man saved from the sea by his devoted selkie wife; the traditional "Fisherman and His Wife" has both humor and a subtly delivered moral; "Careful Wishing", a poem by storyteller Heather Forest, gently warns against making unspecific wishes; and Ruth Sawyer's classic "Wee Meg Barnileg and the Fairies" is masterfully told in the strong concluding spot on the tape. Birch's voice is fluid with expression and feeling, the range of emotions satisfyingly resonant for both characters and narrator. Superlatively produced and presented, this is a tape that belongs in any core collection of storytelling materials. In three short story collections and one novel, Judith Gorog hasestablished herself as a writer of unsettling insight and cannywit. (Philomel, 1982), (Philomel,1983), (Philomel, 1987), and (Philomel, 1988) mapout sharply edged worlds of dislocation and self-discovery, of realand false security, and wishes granted and gone awry."Scary stories" is the informal designation generally applied toa range of children's fiction with sources as diverse assupernatural and surrealist fantasy, black humor, and thecautionary tale. Among the current American writers who havecontributed significantly to the genre are Alvin Schwartz andJudith Gorog.Abstract: Judith Gorog, born December 16, 1938, worked as an editor and technical writer before publishing her first children’s book in 1982, A Taste for Quiet and Other Disquieting Tales. After living in Germany and Italy for some time, Gorog moved back to United States and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.