Auf unheimliche Weise kriecht dem Leser die Spannung in den Nacken, ohne das er weiß, warum. Schließlich ist dies nur eine Stadt voll Menschen, die ihre Zahlen für die jährliche Lotterie abgeben. Was soll daran schon schaurig sein ...? "The Lottery" ist das unvergessliche wie auch makabere Meisterwerk Shirley Jacksons.
Shirley Jackson 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 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 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 1965.