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The Lottery and Other Stories characters ¸ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB µ 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 appeEnty four eually unusual stories Together they demonstrate Jackson's remarkable range from the hilarious to the truly horrible and power as a storyteller. My 1949 Avon paperback it originally sold for 35 cents seems to be pushing Shirley Jackson as HP Lovecraft with ovaries The cover proclaims 'A study in nightmares by the most haunting writer of this generation' It's even subtitled 'Adventures of the Demon Lover' Anyone who's ever read that story knows the lover in that tale is scoundrel than demon Whatever it takes to sell books I supposeJackson's characters do than throw stones at one another Their cutting thoughtless remarks have the power to wound and leave scars Cruelty runs rampant as women snub and snipe at other women and men bury themselves in their newpapersThe author proves to be a keen observer of human nature picking up on all the little details that bring her mini masterpieces to lifeFrom The VillagerShe went into Whelan's and sat at the counter putting her copy of the Villager down on the counter next to her pocketbook and The Charterhouse of Parma which she had read enthusiastically up to page fifty and only carried now for effect Am I the only one who's done this Waving around a copy of a book that I was not particularly fond of but wanted to show off in public so as to appear to be an intellectual Surely I can't be Shirley must have done it tooSo there you have it Horror stories No Wonderful stories about sad and lonely people who seldom get their heart's desires Oh yes

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Ng and nights of unrest were typical reader responses This collection the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime unites The Lottery with tw. The one thing that really stands out about this collection of Shirley Jackson stories is this the subtletyIt's not over the top horror in any shape or fashion Rather it's regular folk doing regular things and as we peel back layers and layers to their surroundings or their individual psyches everything twists subtly The normal uickly becomes a twilight zone nightmare even if it's only a tiny little thing that's changedA dog caught killing chickens shiver My goodness that one killed me DeadSome like the Witch was totally awesome and people of my generation would have just found it great fun but I can see why the mommy freaked the hell out Of course the little kid was rocking hard to it and why wouldn't heI loved the Tooth It was damn surreal and I was thinking along the lines of all the similar kinds of tales and novels to come after it Body hopping tales indeed But than that I was really impressed and fascinated at the look into '40's racism subtle or not how badly women were treated and how badly they treated each other and the general miasma of inhumanity everywhereSome tales were all about the unspoken silence that surrounded mental illness and the insane pressure to keep a lid on it and remain normal Things like this may not be completely horror as the genre but the tension was definitely all horrorShirly Jackson's stories were absolutely macabre uite brilliant and completely understated It's all about looking through the darkened mirror seeing our normal lives living them and then seeing just how horrible we really are Great stuff

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The Lottery and Other StoriesThe 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 haunti. After reading all these seemingly disconnected tales of hush hush Terror evidently some pattern arises This chain of stories is where I found the masterpiece existing at the very core of the novelNever before has subtlety been used so effectively In a masterpiece of the macabre a few corpses ghosts demons should make cameos surely Nah ah NOT true hereShirley Jackson is also the author of The Haunting of Hill House a haunted house tale that suggests rather than shows like all the good ole horror movies I don't uite know how to approach a review about something I fell head over heels with move over Barker and therefore S King The tiny details is what enthralls readers of Jackson all the moments of dread that announce themselves only when one's in that sort of type of gothic moodI suppose the title The Lottery is much than just the final story in this collection which is also the best known most popular of the bunch It also implies that to all these people though some threads unite them most protagonists are female have slight to severe OCD live in New York City or the country there are tales with children and mothers in them with slight transference of evil between them; people turning against each other in a lesser degree of violence than in the culminating climax of the title story an almost poetic announcement of the apocalypse written in code even though there are sure fire connections Mr Harris is the name of almost every single male character found scattered in the stories what occurs to these people tragedy or sudden revulsion or deep depression or severe psychosis is almost as if by a mystical collective lottery one everyone plays in because everyone is alive You play it because you live Fate chooses you If you get picked then it's your turn to experience something that makes the skin crawl