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  • Published: 27 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241308493
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

Dark Tales




Step into the unsettling world of Shirley Jackson this autumn with a collection of her finest, darkest short stories.

'An odd thought crossed her mind: she would pick up the heavy glass ashtray and smash her husband over the head'

An ordinary commute turns into a nightmarish game of hide and seek, a loving wife hides homicidal thoughts and a concerned citizen might just be an infamous serial killer, in this collection of Shirley Jackson's finest, most deliciously dark tales. Here nothing is as it seems and nowhere is safe, from the city streets to the crumbling country pile, and from the small-town apartment to the dark, dark woods . . .

Includes the following stories: 'The Possibility of Evil'; 'Louisa, Please Come Home'; 'Paranoia'; 'The Honeymoon of Mrs Smith'; 'The Story We Used to Tell'; 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'; 'Jack the Ripper'; 'The Beautiful Stranger'; 'All She Said Was Yes'; 'What a Thought'; 'The Bus'; 'Family Treasures'; 'A Visit'; 'The Good Wife'; 'The Man in the Woods'; 'Home'; 'The Summer People'.

  • Pub date: 27 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241308493
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1916. She first received wide critical acclaim for her short story 'The Lottery', which was published in 1949. Her novels - which include The Sundial, The Bird's Nest, Hangsaman, The Road through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House - are characterised by her use of realistic settings for tales that often involve elements of horror and the occult. Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages are her two works of nonfiction. Come Along With Me is a collection of stories, lectures, and part of the novel she was working on when she died in 1965.

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Praise for Dark Tales

“Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written . . . No one can touch her”

Donna Tartt

“One of the great practitioners of the literature of the darker impulses”

Paul Theroux

“Shirley Jackson's menacing gothic tales are a joy”

The Times


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