Shirley Jackson (1919–65) wrote several books, including , , and . For the last twenty years of her life, she lived in North Bennington, Vermont. One of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, “The Lottery” created a sensation when it was first published in . “Powerful and haunting” and “nights of unrest” were typical reader responses. Widely anthologized, “The Lottery” is today considered a classic work of short fiction.
This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson’s lifetime, combines “The Lottery” with twenty-four equally unusual or unsettling tales. Taken together, these writings demonstrate Jackson’s remarkable and commanding range—from the commonplace to the chilling, from the hilarious to the truly horrible—as a modern storyteller.
This FSG Classics edition also features a new introduction to Jackson’s work by A. M. Homes.
“Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders.”
“[These] stories remind one of the elemental terrors of childhood.”
“In her art, as in her life, Shirley Jackson was an absolute original. She listened to her own voice, kept her own counsel, isolated herself from all intellectual and literary currents… She was unique.”
Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate.