Ey Jackson has penned what are rightly considered some of the classics in the genre with The Haunting of Hill House and We have always lived in the castle as well as her short story The Lottery Dark always lived in the castle as well as her short story The Lottery Dark is an extension of her cannon She has the perfect ability to find the unnerving in everyday experiences with a tone between 1950s Americana and medieval folklore A great collection of odd unsettling tales I had been expecting something closer to M R James or Lovecraft but these stories are far grounded
"in the main "the main end abruptly causing me to read back over and leaving a lot if interpretation This woman is utterly scary and she nows where your heart lives Mrs Jackson is the One True Monarch of 20th Century horror she never wastes a word and you have never wastes a word and you have be smart to even BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 16 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 16: Billionaires Secret Baby (Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) keep up with her Horrific visions suddenly erupt out of slow burn suspense when you least expect them thenife is infinitely sharp and utterly devoid of mercy There is no sentimentality of prose here every one is fair game for the restless ruthless spirits A literary genius Mrs Jackson passed away much too soon in her late 40 s One of the best collections of Mrs Jackson s chilling short stories She continues to haunt me from beyond the grave Shirley Jackson is getting renewed attention ad affection and this collection is a nice companion to her classic story The Lottery That short story is not in this collection You ll need to but The Lottery and Other Stories for that enduring gemEach tale here is indeed tinged with shadow and the sinister Psychological horror without monsters but the occasional spirit makes an appearanceEach story hold up and reads uickly but you can savor each as well I found myself re reading passages and entire stories to feel a warmchill settle in if that makes sense There are about 10 dark tales from Shirley Jackson Nothing a what it seems and the stories start out normal but they get scarier as you read them Each tale has a certain theme what is the worst that can happen does Ghosts can ill you decisions can be distarous visits that never end hell captivity there is a story for Dylan Thomas I really enjoy Shirley Jackson because it is so matter of fact but terrifying She takes you into the dark recessed of the mind and makes a left turn Wonderfully creepy stories Every one is told in a setting easy to access We are lured into a world of uie. These deliciously dark tales the daily commute turns into a nightmarish game of hide and seek the loving wife hides homicidal thoughts and the concerned citizen might just be an infamous seri. I love the way Shirley Jackson wrote short stories She made it all seem so simple and made the characters seem so interesting She was also very fond of semicolons as I am I m sure if she were alive today she would just smirk when told the semicolon was now considered pass While I m not always impressed by her story endings it s been decades since these stories were written and many of us grew up watching shows like the Twilight Zone making us of a sophisticated audience than the one she was thinking about when she was writingSince I once read a huge book of Ms Jackson s stories I had actually already read all of the ones in this book but didn t remember what happened in all of them One of the blessings of getting older you don t always remember how stories and tv show episodes remember how stories and TV show episodes I think my absolute favorite one in this collection is about the girl who ran away from home right before her sister was getting married She didn t go very far and her family was still searching for her years later when she ran into someone from her hometown Cross posted from Good ReadsMost of these stories I d read in other Jackson collections at some point but years ago so they were mostly like reading them for the first time The foreward by Ottessa Moshfegh is perfectly suited to the tone tenor of these stories There s 17 stories in the collection the curator of the collection really nows how bend the arc of narrative with the arrangement of the pieces It opens closes
With A Banger Thea The of Evil with a shiveringly wicked closing line The Summer People also with a hell of a last line that made me creeped out at the thought of my parents you guessed itin a cabin by the lake in New England The stories in the middle are evenly paced and alternate between the mildly unnerving Louisa Please Come Home to the downright creepy Jack the Ripper For me however the unsung gem of this collection is The Beautiful Stranger which is poignant in the helplessness the reader feels at the ending particularly so if you ve ever had a mean husband wished that a ind one would just up and take his place In a way I feel like this collection of Jackson s work bears a lot in common with Rod Serling s writing for The Twilight Zone I could easily envision most of these stories as an episode I recently finished Jackson s biography and this was a great way to follow up Shirl. The perfect read for Halloween this new hardback volume of Jacksons finest stories reveals the ueen of American gothic at her unsettling mesmerising bestTheres something nasty in suburbia In. T normalcy that changes into gothic horror before our eyes Jackson may appear to leave some stories unfinished but horror before our eyes Shirley Jackson may appear to leave stories unfinished but sit in our minds and ferment into a fullness Absolutely brilliant Until I read this book the only short story by Shirley Jackson I had read was The Lottery Most of us read that one in high school right If you liked that story you should definitely buy this book It contains 17 gems all with interesting characters and surprising twists They linger in your memory and pop up when you don t expect them to pop up If you like to read or write short fiction this little book is a good one to peruse Just as I should be following this collection of THE MASTERFUL SHIRLEY JACKSON I HAVE masterful Shirley Jackson I have admired but never uite figured out how with her prodigious output she could have such a terrifying new slant for each story I wish she were still here perhaps she could explain Capote s Miriam to me This has been one of the best Shirley Jackson collections I ve read A mix of horror and suspense it s a real page turner Ms Jackson often leaves the reader to draw their own conclusions about what happened to the character or characters at the end of the story Other tales are very straight forward a good example of this is Louisa Please Come Home This isn t a good book for those that want the endings all tied up with a neat little bow Many of these tales would have made good Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents teledramas Jackson was a much prolific writer than I d imagined I hadn t previously read any of the stories in this collection before and I ve read a lot including her novels If you read The Lottery probably Jackson s famous or infamous story you d like this I hadn t heard of this author before and only came across her books on I really enjoyed this collection of short stories some of which had a twist while others left you hanging I would have preferred of the former type of story as I found some of the unfinished ones a little frustrating Nevertheless I really enjoyed the collection and am looking forward to reading other titles by this author Not really scary but some certainly weird and most thought provoking Shirley Jackson is unputdownable Her prose is lucid to the point of cutting yet she draws you to her characters scenarios and settings within a few words and I didn t want to leave many of the stories once they d ende. Al iller In the haunting world of Shirley Jackson nothing is as it seems and nowhere is safe from the city streets to the country manor and from the small town apartment to the dark dark woo. .