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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Shirley Jackson: More than Queen of Gothic Horror

I thought this story about Shirley Jackson was appropriate for the day before Hallowe’en since she has a reputation as the Queen of Gothic Horror.  But as this article from The Guardian argues, she is much more, having influenced American fiction in many ways:  https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/oct/22/shirley-jackson-america-queen-gothic-noir.

A new biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, was released earlier this month, and earlier this week so was a graphic novel version of her most famous short story illustrated by her grandson, Miles Hyman: Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": The Authorized Graphic Adaptation.   Next year there will be a film of her book We Have Always Lived in the Castle.If  it’s been a while since you read “The Lottery,” you can hear it read on a podcast by The New Yorker, the magazine which first published the story in 1948.  The story has been described as “probably the most controversial story [the magazine] has ever published.” Listen to it at http://www.newyorker.com/podcast/fiction/a-m-homes-reads-shirley-jackson?mbid=social_twitter.