Dark Tales (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Step into the unsettling world of Shirley Jackson this autumn with a collection of her finest, darkest short stories, revealing the queen of American gothic at her mesmerising best.There's something nasty in suburbia. In these deliciously dark tales, the daily commute turns into a nightmarish game of hide and seek, the loving wife hides homicidal thoughts and the concerned citizen might just be an infamous serial killer. In the haunting world of Shirley Jackson, nothing is as it seems and nowhere is safe, from the city streets to the country manor, 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'.

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Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written ... No-one can touch her (Donna Tartt)

In each story in the collection, the everyday world becomes tinted with an odd sheen of terror ... In Jackson's world, the safe house is a trap. Enter it, and you might get lost in the dark (Ottessa Moshfegh)

The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable (A. M. Homes)

Dark Tales reveals a superior gothic writer ... Shirley Jackson's menacing gothic tales are a joy to rediscover (The Times)

One of the great practitioners of the literature of the darker impulses (Paul Theroux)

An amazing writer (Neil Gaiman)

An excellent primer for her short fiction (The Pool)

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'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.

'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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