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.
An amazing writer ... if you haven't read any of her short stories
... you have missed out on something marvellous
The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable
*A. M. Homes*
Shirley Jackson is one of those highly idiosyncratic, inimitable writers...whose work exerts an enduring spell
*Joyce Carol Oates*