BOOK REVIEW: The Lottery And Other Stories, by Shirley Jackson

Released: February 22, 2005 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
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The Lottery, one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker. “Power and haunting,” and “nights of unrest” were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson’s lifetime, unites “The Lottery:” with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jack son’s remarkable range–from the hilarious to the truly horrible–and power as a storyteller.

My Thoughts

Shirley Jackson, I’m trying to like you–I really am. The only story I remember reading previous to The Haunting of Hill House, or to this particular collection of short stories, is the title story from this book, The Lottery. I read it for a short story class in university and was disgusted when I reached the end of the story; something that started off sounding so innocent and happy, ultimately ending in the stoning of someone.

Not what I expected. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW: The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

Released: November 28, 2006 (Penguin Classics)
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The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre 

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers-and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

My Thoughts

“Fear,” the doctor said, “is the relinquishment of logic, the willing relinquishing of reasonable patterns. We yield to it or we fight it, but we cannot meet it halfway.”

Touted as being one of the greatest horror authors, Shirley Jackson ultimately disappointed me with her novel The Haunting of Hill House, published first in 1959. Having been so disappointed with the horror genre as of late, I think I went into reading this book expecting too much. Continue reading