Short Story Sunday: The Summer People

The Summer People, Shirley Jackson

This unsettling creeper about a couple who at last retire to their summer home isn’t as widely known as Jackson’s “The Lottery,” and that’s just a shame

The Dark Descent

(although I did find out that someone turned it into a one-act stage play. There are no copies of that available anywhere, however). The dread is palpable—and the end leaves you breathless. I discovered this by accident in the 1997 anthology The Dark Descent. This seems to be the only place I can find the story in print; any collections of hers I’ve searched don’t seem to have it: http://amzn.com/0312862172

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Lately I’ve been working on the overwhelming task of thinning out my book collection; it’s something no book lover likes to do, but let’s face it, every once in a while it has to be done, either to clear clutter or make room for more.

It’s no surprise that a good portion of my collection is devoted to short story collections. I’ve read my share of great stories, and I’ve read my share of awful ones—but I’ve also read my share of a few that blew me away to the point at which I’ll never forget them. So instead of doing a typical “Top” list, I decided instead to focus on ones which fall into the last category (please note that in my “about” descriptions I tried to be spoiler-free). Do you have any that have made a lasting impression on you? Leave them in the comments.

 

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About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. She has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, is a co-editor for Read Short Fiction, and co-hosts the Dark Discussions Podcast. Her work Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks; her horror novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. More info: www.kristipetersenschoonover.com

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