One of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker in 1948.
"Power and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. Today it is considered a classic work of short fiction, a story remarkable for its combination of subtle suspense and pitch-perfect descriptions of both the chilling and the mundane.
The Lottery and Other Stories, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with twenty-four equally unusual short stories. Together they demonstrate Jackson's remarkable range -- from the hilarious to the horrible, the unsettling to the ominous -- and her power as a storyteller.
The Lottery and other stories by Shirley Jackson
What made this woman so admired by other writers and critics leaves me stunned. Her stories have no conclusions. She just drops the mic and walks off the page. They're depressing, tho well written, but the plots are awful and stupefying and for the most part go nowhere. Ridiculous and frankly stupendously shabby.
Excellent read. Brilliant and Shirley Jackson is Fabulous. The Lottery is the Story You Want. Such a Good lesson too.