THE LOTTERY SHORT STORY REVIEW – Love it or hate it, Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery is indelibly etched on the American subconscious. It’s on every high school and college reading list. When it first appeared in The New Yorker in June of 1948, the magazine received an onslaught of complaint letters and subscription cancellations. The reactions were widely varied, from mild confusion to strong dislike. Since then the story has won just about every major award, has been adapted into multiple formats (radio, television, film and theater) and is oft cited as one of the best horror short stories ever written. The author was frequently questioned about its meaning. Her husband, a literary critic in his own right, stated the following. “She consistently refused to be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any fashion, or to take public stands.” She is also the author of the much lauded novel, The Haunting of Hill House.


HALLOWEEN – Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, the original Halloween (1978), was the first installment in the franchise. It has spawned ten films to date. Most recently directed by Rob Zombie, a purported Halloween III, will be released this year. If you’re a regular visitor to my blog, you’re well aware the orig is one of my favorites.