Rediscovering Shirley Jackson

Last week on Vermont Edition, the focus was on Vermont horror author Shirley Jackson. Somehow, we didn’t hear that there was an entire weekend devoted to her in Bennington!

If you’ve read only one thing by author Shirley Jackson, it’s almost definitely her short story “The Lottery,” a taut narrative about a yearly small-town ritual – with nasty twist. But Jackson had a productive, masterful career beyond “The Lottery.” Some might say, two careers.

She was an influential master of psychological horror with novels like “The Haunting of Hill House,” and “We Have Always Lived in the Castle.” And she was the author of popular humorous accounts of raising four kids in North Bennington, Vermont.

Listen to the entire episode here.