Dark Tales
Shirley Jackson

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Narrated By: Arina Lii

Duration: 8 hours and 3 minutes

What to expect

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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'.

© Shirley Jackson (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Genre

Classic horror & ghost stories, Classic fiction, Short stories

Listen to a sample

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

An amazing writer

Neil Gaiman

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

Donna Tartt

The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable

A. M. Homes

One of the great practitioners of the literature of the darker impulses

Paul Theroux

An excellent primer for her short fiction

The Pool

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