One of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker in 1948. "Power and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. 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, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with twenty-four equally unusual short stories. Together they demonstrate Jackson's remarkable range -- from the hilarious to the horrible, the unsettling to the ominous -- and her power as a storyteller.
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There is sparkling comedy in this collection, as well as glimpses of Jackson the horror novelist...Jackson is a sympathetic, penetrating observer of the domestic mundane – and, most notably in "Flower Garden", of racism.Read Full Review of The Lottery and Other Stories | See more reviews from Guardian
Also included in this re-issued collection by Penguin are 25 further stories – a welcome chance to re-sample the work of a writer who was rumoured to "write with a broomstick instead of a pen."Read Full Review of The Lottery and Other Stories
If you're still in need of a chill after the Halloween frightfest then these short stories are the perfect way to get that creepy fix.Read Full Review of The Lottery and Other Stories
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