Get ready for Halloween with some unsettling stories by Shirley Jackson.
This intelligent and atmospheric thriller conjures up nice spooky feelings of dread. It also inspired the excellent 1963 movie The Haunting.
Jackson’s brand of psychological terror is made scarier by its juxtaposition with extremely realistic settings. Try her story The Summer People for a chilling example.
These stories aren’t as eerie as you’d expect, but they’re excellent: precisely written slice-of-life stories set in the 1940′s and ’50′s, with just a hint of unease.
This surprisingly lighthearted tale of arsenic poisoning and madness is many readers’ favorite Shirley Jackson novel.
While primarily remembered for her scarier work, the author is also known for her domestic memoirs. This is a madcap look at life as a housewife and mother of four in mid-century Vermont.