Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) received wide critical acclaim
for her short story "The Lottery," which was first published in the
New Yorker in 1948. Her works available from Penguin
Classics include We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The
Haunting of Hill House, Come Along with Me,
Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, and The Sundial,
as well as Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons
available from Penguin.
Laura Miller (Introduction), a journalist and critic living in New York, is books and culture columnist for Slate. She is a co-founder of Salon.com, where she worked for twenty years. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's, the Guardian, and the New York Times Book Review, where she wrote the "Last Word." She is the author of The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia and editor of The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors.
"[One of] the only two great novels of the supernatural in the last hundred years." --Stephen King
"The scariest book I've ever read." --Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties "The books that have profoundly scared me...are few....But Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House beat them all...It scared me as a teenager and it haunts me still."--Neil Gaiman, author of Norse Mythology