Shirley Jackson

By Sierra Hirth

About the Author

Shirley Jackson was born on December 14,1916 in San Francisco. She is famous for her short horror stories. Some are so popular they have been made into movies like, "The Haunting". "The Lottery" is a story that has made her famous. She won the Edgar Award for Best Short Story. Her husband was a critic, he said, "She refused to be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any way because she believed her books would speak clearly enough over the years". She was proud that her story "The Lottery", was banned by the Union of South Africa because she felt they actually understood the story.

"The Lottery"

Known as "One of the best and most famous short stories in the history of American Literature." and described as "A chilling tale of conformity gone mad",

"The Haunting of Hill House"

Was a finalist for the National Book Award and considered one of the best literary ghost stories published during the twentieth century, it has been made into two movies and a play.