Best known for her short story, “The
Lottery,” Jackson’s novels are undergoing a resurgence with
support from the likes of Charlaine Harris. We Have Always Lived
in the Castle is a personal favorite from this queen of spooky,
domestic macabre. Merricat, Constance, and Julian Blackwood live a
happy but isolated life after the rest of their family consumes laced
sugar… happy, that is, until cousin Charles shows up and throws a
spanner in the works...
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. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiousity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.
About the Author
Shirley Jackson (1919-1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote many stories as well as six novels and two works of nonfiction.
“A marvelous elucidation of life…a story full of craft and full of mystery” —The New York Times Book Review
“A witch’s brew of eerie power and startling novelty” —The New York Times