Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Winning This Lottery Will Make Your Blood Run Cold

If you love a chill running down your spine as you read a good horror story, you can't do any better than "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson. This short story shocked and outraged readers when it was first published in The New Yorker in 1948.  Anthologies that have included the short story have been banned or challenged in schools and libraries many times in the past half century or more, and so it is a natural to include in my recommended reading list for ALA Banned Books Week.

You may read a digital version of the story as it originally appeared in the magazine, or you could read a collection of Shirley Jackson classic tales in The Lottery and Other Stories, which has been published in numerous editions, several of which are available in our Evergreen Indiana catalog.

Beware, however.  This is a fully creepy tale, particularly since the author set it during contemporary times, which, for her, were during the 1940s.  Many high school students encounter the tale in their American literature classes; once read, it won't be soon forgotten.

One comment about our book trailer.  It says the date for the village's lottery was July 27.  It was actually June 27 in the short story.  Well, close enough for horseshoes and stones.

No Jokes About Black Cats and Horror, If You Please,

Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
BBW News Beat

 P.S.  Procol Harum released "Something Following Me" on the band's debut, self-titled album (1967).  There's a creepy feel to the lyrics as the character singing is facing mortality.  More strange and possibly sinister is "She Wandered Through the Garden Fence," which may have influenced Paul McCartney's "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" on the Beatles album, Abbey Road (1969).  There was much more to Procol Harum than just the group's megahit, "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (1967).

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