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'Ever since Betsy had been a prisoner she had watched while Elizabeth slept . . . seeing the dim figures of Elizabeth's world when Elizabeth's eyes were open, and the screaming phantoms of Elizabeth's nightmares. 'Elizabeth Richmond is almost too quiet to be believed, with no friends, no parents, and a job that leaves her strangely unnoticed. But soon she starts to behave in ways she can neither control nor understand, to the increasing horror of her doctor, and the humiliation of her self-centred aunt. As a tormented Elizabeth becomes two people, then three, then four, each wilder and more wicked than the last, a battle of wills threatens to destroy the girl and all who surround her. the Bird's Nest is a macabre journey into who we are, and how close we sometimes come to the brink of madness. With a Foreword by Kevin Wilson
Brave New Worlds collects over 30 of the best tales of dystopian menace by some of today's visionary writers.
Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, and occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own...
The stories in this edition represent the great diversity of her work, from humor to her shocking explorations of the human psyche. The tales range, chronologically, from the writings of her college days and residence in Greenwich Village in the early 1940s, to the unforgettably chilling stories from the period just before her death. They provide an exciting overview of the evolution of her craft through a progression of forms and styles, and add significantly to the body of her published work. Just an Ordinary Dayis a testament to how large a talent Shirley Jackson had and to the depth, breadth, and complexity of her writing. Though this remarkable literary life was cut short, Jackson clearly established a unique voice that has won a permanent place in the canon of outstanding American literature, and remains a powerful influence on generations of readers and writers. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Shirley Jackson, author of the classic short story "The Lottery", was known for her terse, haunting prose. But the writer possessed another side, one which is delightfully exposed in this hilariously charming memoir of her family's life in rural Vermont. Fans of Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Cheaper by the Dozen, and anything Erma Bombeck ever wrote will find much to recognize in Shirley Jackson's home and neighborhood: children who won't behave, cars that won't start, furnaces that break down, a pugnacious corner bully, household help that never stays, and a patient, capable husband who remains lovingly oblivious to the many thousands of things mothers and wives accomplish every single day. "Our house", writes Jackson, "is old, noisy, and full. When we moved into it we had two children and about five thousand books; I expect that when we finally overflow and move out again we will have perhaps twenty children and easily half a million books". Jackson's literary talents are in evidence everywhere, as is her trenchant, unsentimental wit. Yet there is no mistaking the happiness and love in these pages, which are crowded with the raucous voices of an extraordinary family living a wonderfully ordinary life.
This collection was originally published as The Lottery or the Adventures of James Harris. A wonderful collection of stories written in the 1940's and takes in the culture and flavor of that period. Includes: THE INTOXICATED, THE DAEMON LOVER, LIKE MOTHER USED TO MAKE, TRIAL BY COMBAT, THE VILLAGER, MY LIFE WITH R. H. MACY, THE WITCH, THE RENEGADE, AFTER YOU, MY DEAR ALPHONSE, CHARLES, AFTERNOON IN LINEN, FLOWER GARDEN, DOROTHY AND MY GRANDMOTHER AND THE SAILORS, in COLLOQUY, ELIZABETH, #12;A FINE OLD FIRM, THE DUMMY, SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY, COME DANCE WITH ME IN IRELAND, OF COURSE, PILLAR OF SALT, MEN WITH THEIR BIG SHOES, THE TOOTH, GOT A LETTER FROM JIMMY, THE LOTTERY 308 pages.
The families in the prosperous community were proud of their young people--happy, healthy, all-American boys and girls. Yet for some reason, change crept into the neighborhood... could a new road put in and a long established boundary wall be enough to spark such teenage rebellion... then new tenants in "that house." The neighbors knew the grey stone house as the house-for-rent. No one lived there long and those who moved away left without explanation. Even to those who were not superstitious, there was something odd about this irritating eyesore--and something strange, too, about its new tenants.... all to end with the ultimate anguish for a quiet young boy.
'From the sky and from the ground and from the sea there is danger; tell them in the house . . . ' Mrs Halloran has inherited the great Halloran house on the death of her son, much to the disgust of her daughter-in-law, the delight of her wicked granddaughter and the confusion of the rest of the household. But when the original owner - long dead - arrives to announce the world is ending and only the house and its occupants will be saved, they find themselves in a nightmare of strange marble statues, mysterious house guests and the beautiful, unsettling Halloran sundial which seems to be at the centre of it all Shirley Jackson blends sinister family politics and apocalyptic terror in a masterpiece of the macabre. 'A novel of gothic horror and shuddering suspense. ' The New York Times
In this psychological Gothic novel, the distinguished author of "The Lottery," uses a psychologically imbalanced teen age narrator to gradually unveil the horrifying secrets of her afflicted family and to portray the complicated bigoted reaction of the town's people.
Stories of magic, superstition, and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in the little town of Salem Village. But a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by the tales told by a woman named Tituba. When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as they accused townsperson after townsperson of being witches. Author Shirley Jackson examines in careful detail this horrifying true story of accusations, trials, and executions that shook a community to its foundations.
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