Ticket for the Lottery

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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.

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Here’s Your Encounter in Paris

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Today seems to be travel themed, book-wise, anyway, and who doesn’t want to go to Paris? Follow Ellery on her journey through life, and have a little journey of your own.

Encounters in Paris – A Collection of Short Stories by Carolyn Moncel. $0.99 from Smashwords.com
Ellery Roulet, a 35-year-old African-American PR executive living in Paris thinks she has the perfect life until trouble enters her world via job loss, infidelity, and death. When Ellery’s world changes at five different periods of time over a ten-year span, she quickly learns that it is how she chooses to deal with life’s trickiest situations that shapes her soul.