Shirley Jackson is one of the most important American writers of the last hundred years. Since her death in 1965, her place in the landscape of twentieth-century fiction has grown only more exalted.
In honor of the centenary of Jackson’s birth on December 14th, we’re publishing a Deluxe Edition of the greatest haunted house story ever written, The Haunting of Hill House featuring a gorgeous graphite cover and an introduction by Slate‘s Laura Miller.
In addition to her classic tale, the Trade Paperback of Let Me Tell You, an astonishing compilation of fifty-six pieces of Jackson’s, more than forty of which have never been published before, was released in June. Two of Jackson’s children co-edited this volume, culling through the vast archives of their mother’s papers at the Library of Congress, selecting only the very best for inclusion.
To celebrate, host a birthday party for Shirley Jackson with your patrons and share your favorite of her scary stories around a pretend campfire. And since no ghost story is complete without them, make sure to have some ‘smores at the ready.
“Stepping into Hill House is like stepping into the mind of a madman; it isn’t long before you weird yourself out.” -Stephen King
“An amazing writer . . . If you haven’t read We Have Always Lived in the Castle or The Haunting of Hill House or any of her short stories you have missed out on something marvelous.” -Neil Gaiman
“Her books penetrate keenly to the terrible truths which sometimes hide behind comfortable fictions, to the treachery beneath cheery neighborhood faces and the plain manners of country folk.” -Donna Tartt