The Lottery and Other Stories

The Lottery and Other Stories

Book - 1982
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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.
Publisher: New York : Noonday Press : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1982.
Edition: First pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780374523176
0374523177
9780374516819
0374516812
Branch Call Number: HORROR JACKSON
Characteristics: 302 pages ; 21 cm.

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The Lottery I read, possibly in middle school, and again in high school. It blew my mind and I loved the creeping dread as I read it, which possibly fueled my Stephen King obsession.

Horror/Psychological Suspense. Best known for 'The Lottery.'


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AL_TARINA Feb 16, 2017

"The Lottery" is one of the best short stories ever written. A classic tale of horror and strange traditions that is sure to keep you up at night.

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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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