The Lottery and Other Stories

The Lottery and Other Stories

Book - 2000
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Twenty-five horror stories feature a town's annual ritual of evil, a woman's search for her fiancee who has disappeared without a trace, a kleptomaniac neighbor, and a tourist living a nightmare in New York City.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2000.
Edition: 2000 Modern Library ed.
ISBN: 9780679640394
0679640398
Branch Call Number: Fic/Jac
Characteristics: xvi, 292 p. ; 19 cm.

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SnoIsleLib_KatrinaM Mar 29, 2019

This collection knocked the wind out of me. Jackson is a master at evoking the isolation and loneliness of the human condition. She writes with surgical precision, distilling each thought, feeling, and scenario to its essence. An unsettling work that will stay with you long after you've finished reading.

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HujeBohoc
May 04, 2018

This has been called "horror" fiction, but I think it is a misleading description. The stories in this excellent collection rather convey a sense of impending doom, or uneasiness. What I felt reading these stories is similar to what I feel when I watch a David Lynch movie.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 21, 2018

When I grow up, I want to be like Shirley Jackson and write chilling short stories that haunt students for years.

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julia_sedai
Jul 27, 2015

I read this to see what Shirley Jackson's other stories are like. I read "The Lottery" in high school, so I only skimmed it this time. Even though I knew the ending, I felt the same shock. The other stories are not as horrible, but they leave you with a bad feeling most of the time. There is a running theme throughout the book of James Harris, also known as the daemon lover. I didn't really catch it until later on when I noticed there was an extraordinary amount of characters with the last name Harris. I like how it ties most of the stories together. Jackson amazes me because she is so clever. I recommend this book for anyone who appreciates good writing and doesn't mind stories with unhappy endings.

crankylibrarian Nov 01, 2011

This collection includes Jackson's most famous horror tale. depicting pitiless violence and superstition an outwardly idyllic small town. Her ability to evoke terror from seemingly ordinary circumstances is unparallelled.

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annekim9
Apr 30, 2008

Most shocking and disturbing ending I have ever read.

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