We are one day away from what is arguably the best day of the year: HALLOWEEN!!! Sadly, this does mean our Gothic Literature Month is over. *all the tears* For our last day of this month’s celebration I’ve decided to return to Shirley Jackson, but this time I’ve chosen “We Have Always Lived in the Castle.”
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New to the work? Check out a review of “Castle” from Flavorwire’s Lincoln Michel: “Flavorwire Author Club: Shirley Jackson’s Haunting Final Novel, ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle.” Here’s a snippet: “…one of the great American Gothic novels, deftly using atmosphere and mystic — albeit mostly invented — symbolism to create tension, mystery, and unease. At the same time, it is wildly and blackly funny.”
One not enough? Then a beautifully worded review from The New York Review of Books, by Joyce Carol Oates, is what you need to read: “The Witchcraft of Shirley Jackson.” Be enticed: “In this deftly orchestrated opening, Merricat’s wholly sympathetic creator/ collaborator Shirley Jackson has struck every essential note of her Gothic tale of sexual repression and rhapsodic vengeance; as it unfolds in ways both inevitable and unexpected, We Have Always Lived in the Castle becomes a New England fairy tale of the more wicked variety, in which a “happy ending” is both ironic and literal, the consequence of unrepentant witchcraft and a terrible sacrifice—of others.”
How about some more fiction? The New Yorker hosts a short story from Jackson, entitled “Paranoia.” There’s no better way to spend your Friday than with a terrifying short story. You’re welcome.
Remember when…Literary Cobblestones featured Jackson earlier this month? If not, check it out now: “October 24: Shirley Jackson.”
We will be on vacation from today through mid-week, but we’ll be back and posting daily pieces on November 5th (next Thursday). Enjoy your Halloween weekend, and don’t forget to send us pictures of your literary themed costumes (email@example.com).
Check back on November 4th (Wednesday) for the announcement of November’s theme!
As always, read on.