Just in Time For Halloween: The Lottery


A thoroughly creepy story from The New Yorker, Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery.  I read this when I was in school.  It’s one of the few stories that still has the same impact on me even as an adult.  It’s a masterwork of carefully chosen details that grow on you slowly, saying something is not quite right about this lottery.

3 thoughts on “Just in Time For Halloween: The Lottery

  1. Harvey Stanbrough October 30, 2018 / 4:30 pm

    A truly great story, and one of my favorites. But i’m not sure Shirley Jackson could write a bad story. 🙂

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  2. Peggy November 1, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Honestly, for as many short stories as I was required to read in high school and college, I can count the ones that had a lasting impact/left a lasting impression on me on the fingers of one hand – specifically “The Lottery” and “Hills Like White Elephants” by Hemingway.

    Oddly enough, it was in my pleasure reading that I found two other short stories that left an impact, both by Arthur C. Clarke: “The Star” and “The Nine Billion Names of God.”

    That’s not to say that other short stories weren’t enjoyable, but those four linger and bring with them actual THOUGHT, as opposed to pleasant memory (like, say, “The Gift of the Magi,” or “The Lady or the Tiger,” or any of Poe’s shorts, and one that lingers only by virtue of its title: “The Brunchupper Murder” or similar).

    It takes great skill to write a short story that lingers, let alone brings THOUGHT with the memory. Maybe someday I’ll be brave enough to try. (GRIN)

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    • Linda Maye Adams November 1, 2018 / 4:30 pm

      Two is the same for me…The Lottery and All Quiet on the Western Front. I would have loved to read ACC as a school assignment. All we ever read were classics from the literary side.

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