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Shirley Jackson (I) (1916–1965)

Shirley Jackson was a horror and mystery writer born in San Francisco, California in 1916. She is best remembered for her unsettling novel of paranoia and the supernatural, 'The Haunting of Hill House' (1959) and her terrifying short story 'The Lottery' (1948), a horror tale rife with symbolism that is still puzzled over by critics and academics to... See full bio »

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 2012 June (Short) (story)
 2008 The Lottery (Short) (based on an original story by)
 2007 The Lottery (Short) (story)
 1999 The Haunting (novel "The Haunting of Hill House")
 1997 Hosszú alkony (story "The Bus")
 1996 The Lottery (TV Movie) (short story)
 1982 Zizi (Short)
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Come Along with Me (1982) ... (story)
 1974 Histoires insolites (TV Series) (short story - 1 episode)
 1969 The Lottery (Short) (story)
 1963 The Haunting (based on the novel: "The Haunting of Hill House")
 1960 The Robert Herridge Theater (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Lottery (1960) ... (story)
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Boy on a Fence (1959) ... (story)
 1957 Lizzie (novel "The Bird's Nest")
 1952 Curtain Call (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Summer People (1952) ... (story)
 1951 Fireside Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- The Lottery (1951) ... (story)
 1950 Cameo Theatre (TV Series) (episode "Lottery, The")
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 2014 Videotape (additional acknowledgments)

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[about the hate mail she received upon the 1948 publication of her story "The Lottery"] If I thought this was a valid cross-section of the reading public, I would give up writing.


She is arguably most famous for her short story "The Lottery" (filmed as The Lottery (1996)), a dark and sinister tale about an annual game-ritual that takes place each year in a small village with a population circa 300. Whoever draws the final black spot is sacrificed in order to ensure a good harvest the following year. The story has been both lauded and condemned, but is nevertheless regarded... See more »

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