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December 14, 1916, San Francisco, California, US
August 8, 1965,North Bennington, Vermont, US
Horror, Mystery, Gothic
December 14, 1916 – August 8, 1965
Shirley Jackson was an influential American writer known primarily for her works of horror and mystery. Over the duration of her writing career, which spanned over two decades, she composed six novels, two memoirs, and more than 200 short stories.
"The Lottery", Life Among the Savages, The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle
In her best known story “The Lottery”, Shirley Jackson discusses mainly the themes of evil and human nature. Shirley Jackson wants readers to know that they should not just blindly follow tradition. People should question the reason that traditions exist and they should not be afraid to challenge them.
In 2007, the Shirley Jackson Awards were established with permission of Jackson's estate. They are in recognition of her legacy in writing, and are awarded for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Jackson is said to have influenced such writers as Neil Gaiman, Nigel Kneale, Peter Straub, Richard Matheson, and Stephen King.
“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.”
“A pretty sight, a lady with a book.”
“I delight in what I fear.”