Fresh work from an old hand chills the blood

Jackson’s voice and preoccupations have never wavered, no matter what she is writing about

25th October, 2015
Shirley Jackson: haunting stories in which ‘everyone else’ becomes the enemy

Shirley Jackson was the sort of writer who “finds herself at the typewriter for only a few hours a day, the rest of the time being spent vacuuming the living-room rug or driving the children to school or trying to find something different to serve for dinner tonight”.

In other words, she was a housewife – or what people in the US now call a homemaker. To alleviate the drudgery, she told herself...

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