The New York Times is reporting that a new collection of short fiction and other writings by Vermont horror author Shirley Jackson will be released sometime next year. Titled Garlic in Fiction, the collection was acquired by Random House and will be edited by two of her children, Laurence Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman DeWitt.
From The New York Times:
The new collection, called “Garlic in Fiction,” is edited by two of Ms. Jackson’s children, Laurence Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman DeWitt, and includes her fiction (like the short story “Paranoia,” which was published for the first time in The New Yorker last summer), as well as drawings, lectures and works of nonfiction that previously appeared in women’s magazines of the 1940s and ’50s. “These pieces are just as strong as her well-known work,” said David Ebershoff, the Random House vice president and executive editor who acquired the book. “I’m thinking of one piece in particular, that she wrote about her favorite kitchen fork. I couldn’t believe that a writer could make me as obsessed about a kitchen fork as she is.”
Mr. Hyman and Ms. DeWitt said in a statement, “The family is very happy to share this new collection of Shirley Jackson gems culled from various periods in her short but prolific career. We believe the fiction is important, the lectures are inspiring, and the other writings and drawings show various aspects of her wit and humor. We think our mother would be pleased to see this book in print, and she would enjoy the title, since cooking and writing were two favorite pastimes.”
It’ll be interesting to see this come out, and to see if there’s any new horror stories from her. What’s also interesting to read in this article is that there’ll be a biography of the author coming out in 2016.