Step into the unsettling world of Shirley Jackson this autumn with a collection of her finest, darkest short stories.
Shirley Jackson was born in California in 1916. When her short story The Lottery was first published in the New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the most iconic American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. In addition to her dark, brilliant novels, she wrote lightly fictionalized magazine pieces about family life with her four children and her husband, the critic Stanley Edgar Hyman. Shirley Jackson died in 1965.
Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever
written ... No-one can touch her -- Donna Tartt
In each story in the collection, the everyday world becomes tinted with an odd sheen of terror ... In Jackson's world, the safe house is a trap. Enter it, and you might get lost in the dark -- Ottessa Moshfegh
The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable -- A. M. Homes
Dark Tales reveals a superior gothic writer ... Shirley Jackson's menacing gothic tales are a joy to rediscover * The Times *
One of the great practitioners of the literature of the darker impulses -- Paul Theroux
An amazing writer -- Neil Gaiman
An excellent primer for her short fiction * The Pool *