Why this book?
I read as a writer. Can’t help it. I read with my noggin gobbling up what I can learn from any given author. But occasionally that author’s skill seems unattainable. So it is with Shirley Jackson. Her masterful handling of situation and character takes my breath away. At her best, Jackson is in complete control of the unsaid, and the merely suggested.
About the only thing I remember reading in Ms. Robinson’s English class was The Lottery. That story opened my mind to the power of fiction, and as I can understand now, of handling narrative, and choreographing tension. Jackson’s very believable characters are forever balancing on the knife edge of the supernatural and the merely strange human behavior.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
'Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written' Donna Tartt
This is the definitive collection of Shirley Jackson's short stories, including 'The Lottery' - one of the most terrifying and iconic stories of the twentieth century, and an influence on writers such as Neil Gaiman and Stephen King.
In these stories an excellent host finds himself turned out of home by his own guests; a woman spends her wedding day frantically searching for her husband-to-be; and in Shirley Jackson's best-known story, a small farming village comes together for a terrible annual ritual. The creeping unease of lives squandered…