Celebrating Shirley Jackson

It was just announced that Shirley Jackson’s last novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, will be adapted as a feature film. Earlier this year, her breakout short story that pushed her into the horror hall-of-fame, The Lottery, got an incredible graphic makeover. Many consider her sinister book, The Haunting of Hill House, to be the best ghost story ever written. It’s safe to say that Shirley Jackson is still an influential and beloved writer.

Today, December 14th 2016, would have been Ms. Jackson’s 100th birthday.


Jackson is an honest writer. She observes humans and comments on their best and worst behavior, with both adoration and horror. How she felt about humanity, the human condition, and life in general, were topics she clearly expressed in her books. Her words and metaphors are shocking and awe-inspiring and she managed to channel very raw emotions and reality into her work with thrill and fantasy. 

In celebration of ‘The Queen of Horror’, here are some quotes of hers that we absolutely love:

“I delight in what I fear.” 

“I have always loved to use fear, to take it and comprehend it and make it work and consolidate a situation where I was afraid and take it whole and work from there.” 

“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.”

“So long as you write it away regularly nothing can really hurt you.”

“We eat the year away. We eat the spring and the summer and the fall. We wait for something to grow and then we eat it.”

“A pretty sight, a lady with a book.” 

Her words are harrowing but honest- and they give us a glimpse of how she thought and how her work came about.

Happy Birthday, Shirley Jackson!


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