Our Bookseller says:
“Shirley Jackson is a literary horror icon for a reason. She’s unrivaled in her mastery of terror, the delightfully unpleasant anxious feeling that you get leading up to real horror. Her stories are drawn from her own experiences as a housewife in the 20th century: the protagonists are frequently smart women who are forced into silence or otherwise subjugated by inescapable societal cruelty. Arguably her most famous work, “The Lottery,” combines that recurring casual violence with mob mentality and a blind devotion to outdated ritual, and the result is so creepily unique that it’s taught in schools.
My favorite thing about Jackson’s writing, though, is how she crafts sentences like cathedrals. Each one is unhurried, unfussy, and drenched in carefully selected adjectives. The words she leaves unsaid are as vital as those on the page; her carefully placed semicolons can do the emotional heavy-lifting of paragraphs and spark that hyperspecific anxiety — you know, the one you feel when someone is obviously judging and condescending to you with a fake smile.
So trust me, “The Lottery” deserves to be taught in schools. Read it once and you’ll understand why. Read it twice and who knows what you’ll understand?” – Terry
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One of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” created a sensation when it was first published in 1948. Today it is considered a classic work of short fiction, a story remarkable for its combination of subtle suspense and pitch-perfect descriptions of both the chilling and the mundane. The Lottery and Other Stories also includes twenty-four other stories encompassing the hilarious and the horrible, the unsettling and the ominous.