Shirley Jackson

  • Construite par un riche industriel du XIXe siècle, Hill House est à l'image de son créateur: labyrinthique, monstrueuse, ténébreuse à souhait. De plus, on la dit hantée. Fasciné par les phénomènes paranormaux, le docteur Montagu invite des sujets réceptifs au surnaturel à passer l'été à Hill House afin de mener une enquête. Une enquête qui va tourner au cauchemar...

  • "Je m'appelle Mary Katherine Blackwood. J'ai dix-huit ans, et je vis avec ma soeur, Constance. J'ai souvent pensé qu'avec un peu de chance, j'aurais pu naître loup-garou, car à ma main droite comme à la gauche, l'index est aussi long que le majeur, mais j'ai dû me contenter de ce que j'avais. Je n'aime pas me laver, je n'aime pas les chiens, et je n'aime pas le bruit. J'aime bien ma soeur Constance, et Richard Plantegenêt, et l'amanite phalloïde, le champignon qu'on appelle le calice de la mort. Tous les autres membres de ma famille sont décédés." Ainsi commence le chef-d'oeuvre de la romancière Shirley Jackson (1915-1965), également auteur de la célèbre nouvelle "La Loterie" et du roman Maison hantée, porté à l'écran par Robert Wise (La Maison du diable).

  • Dans le monde de Shirley Jackson, rien ne paraît sortir de l'ordinaire. De petites villes, des couples, des maisons, des  gens qu'on croise dans le bus ou chez l'épicier.  Au premier abord, tout est normal. Puis un détail sème le doute. Un autre fait tout déraper vers des zones noires et troubles, qui suscitent une profonde inquiétude chez le lecteur. Voici une douzaine de nouvelles entièrement inédites, toutes plus déstabilisantes les unes que les autres, ainsi que le chef-d'oeuvre de Jackson, «La Loterie» (adapté par Miles Hyman sous forme de roman graphique), dans une nouvelle traduction. 

  • Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House. As they begin to cope with chilling, even horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers - and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

  • Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods - until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.

  • Biographical noteShirley Jackson was born in California in 1916. When her short storyThe Lotterywas first published in The New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the most iconic American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five more: Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial,The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. In addition to her dark, brilliant novels, she wrote lightly fictionalized magazine pieces about family life with her four children and her husband, the critic Stanley Edgar Hyman. Shirley Jackson died in her sleep in 1965 at the age of 48. Main descriptionThis is the definitive collection of Shirley Jackson's short stories, including 'The Lottery' - one of the most terrifying and iconic stories of the twentieth century, and an influence on writers such as Neil Gaiman and Stephen King.'Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written' Donna TarttIn these stories an excellent host finds himself turned out of home by his own guests; a woman spends her wedding day frantically searching for her husband-to-be; and in Shirley Jackson's best-known story, a small farming village comes together for a terrible annual ritual. The creeping unease of lives squandered and the bloody glee of lives lost is chillingly captured in these tales of wasted potential and casual cruelty by a master of the short story. Shirley Jackson's chilling tales have the power to unsettle and terrify unlike any other. She was born in California in 1916. When her short story The Lottery was first published in The New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the greatest American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five more: Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. Shirley Jackson died in her sleep at the age of 48. 'An amazing writer ... if you haven't read any of her short stories ... you have missed out on something marvellous' Neil Gaiman'Her stories are stunning, timeless - as relevant and terrifying now as when they were first published ... 'The Lottery' is so much an icon in the history of the American short story that one could argue it has moved from the canon of American twentieth-century fiction directly into the American psyche, our collective unconscious' A. M. Homes

  • Main descriptionShirley Jackson's Hangsaman is a story of lurking disquiet and haunting disorientation, inspired by the real-life, unsolved disappearance of a female college student.'Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written' Donna Tartt, author of The GoldfinchNatalie Waite, daughter of a mediocre writer and a neurotic housewife, is increasingly unsure of her place in the world. In the midst of adolescence she senses a creeping darkness in her life, which will spread among nightmarish parties, poisonous college cliques and the manipulations of the intellectual men who surround her, as her identity gradually crumbles.This Penguin edition includes a Foreword by Francine Prose.Shirley Jackson's chilling tales have the power to unsettle and terrify unlike any other. She was born in California in 1916. When her short story The Lottery was first published in The New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the greatest American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five more: Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. Shirley Jackson died in her sleep at the age of 48.'An amazing writer' Neil Gaiman'The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable ... It is a place where things are not what they seem; even on a morning that is sunny and clear there is always the threat of darkness looming, of things taking a turn for the worse' A. M. Homes'Shirley Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders' Dorothy Parker

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  • Anglais The Sundial

    Shirley Jackson

    Main descriptionIn The Sundial Shirley Jackson, author of We Have Always Lived in the Castle, blends family politics and apocalyptic terror to create a disturbing world of sinister relations and the macabre.'An amazing writer' Neil GaimanMrs Halloran has inherited the great Halloran house on the death of her son, much to the disgust of her daughter-in-law, the delight of her wicked granddaughter and the confusion of the rest of the household. But when the original owner - long dead - arrives to announce the world is ending and only the house and its occupants will be saved, they find themselves in a nightmare of strange marble statues, mysterious house guests and the beautiful, unsettling Halloran sundial which seems to be at the centre of it all. Shirley Jackson's chilling tales have the power to unsettle and terrify unlike any other. She was born in California in 1916. When her short story The Lottery was first published in The New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the greatest American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five more: Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. Shirley Jackson died in her sleep at the age of 48.'The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable ... It is a place where things are not what they seem; even on a morning that is sunny and clear there is always the threat of darkness looming, of things taking a turn for the worse' A. M. Homes'Shirley Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders' Dorothy Parker'Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written' Donna Tartt

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    Après Le Dahlia Noir, Miles Hyman adapte un nouveau grand classique de la littérature américaine.

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