It is blisteringly icy outside, which means 'tis the season to curl up with a hot drink and a book. Looking for a different type of chills and shivers than the ones offered by the wintry weather? Alternatively, would you like to be warmed by the unexpected domestic comfort of a charming memoir? Shirley Jackson is just the ticket!
Best known as the author of the short story "The Lottery" and the classic haunted house spookfest The Haunting of Hill House, Jackson was a prolific writer and icon of gothic fiction who influenced novelists such as Donna Tartt, Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. Her work has been experiencing a well-deserved revival, with her grandson Miles Hyman adapting "The Lottery" into a new graphic novel, following on the heels of a biography published in October. This week marked the centenary of Jackson's birth — she was born in San Francisco on December 14, 1916 — and renewed reader interest promises to continue next year with an upcoming movie adaptation of We Have Always Lived in the Castle.
Take Jackson's oeuvre with you into hibernation during the winter!
Before The Three Faces of Eve and Sybil, there was Elizabeth Richmond and her different identities.
A surreal and sinister coming-of-age tale.
A group of paranormal investigators decide to spend their summer in a haunted house. What could go wrong?
Jackson's first novel explored the ignorance and evil festering in suburbia.
A family reunion at a funeral is interrupted by an impending apocalypse.
Two sisters who reside in a mansion with their sick uncle find their isolated world upset by the sudden arrival of cousin Charles.
Jackson was a master of creeping horror, but she also brought small-town domestic drama to life with warmth and humour. Her memoirs are one hilarious escapade after another, featuring her adventures in parenting four children.