I don’t know if Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” was the first short story I read that gave me chills as the twist came around, but it’s certainly one of the most memorable. Whether you are writer, reader, or both, her masterful use of suspense is worth revisiting, and makes her an author everyone should read.
The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson. Amazon for $8.89. The Lottery, one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker. “Power and haunting,” and “nights of unrest” were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson’s lifetime, unites “The Lottery:” with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jack son’s remarkable range–from the hilarious to the truly horrible–and power as a storyteller.