WHEN THINGS GET DARK: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson

Reading Notes: "When Things Get Dark": Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson edited by Ellen Datlow

Review by Sadie Hartmann October 6, 2021
I was quite blown away by the quality of every story in this anthology. These are my real-time reviewing notes I wrote down as I read.

The Importance of Atmosphere in Horror

Column by Max Booth III March 18, 2021
Why sometimes the most important aspect of horror is how it mades you feel.

Using Bibliomancy as a Drafting Tool

Column by Stephanie M. Wytovich, MFA
Bibliomancy is a traditional divinatory practice that can be found across all religions. Here's how you can use it to brainstorm, draft, and interact with your favorite stories.

I Just Spent A Year Exclusively Reading Women (and I Deserve No Congratulations For This)

Column by Christopher Shultz
Diversifying your reading list isn't a bragging moment. It's just what you should do.

Book vs. Film vs. Reality: "Shirley"

Column by Christopher Shultz
The new hallucinatory examination of Shirley Jackson isn't a biopic, but is there more fact than fiction than meets the eye?

Storyville: Show, Don't Tell

Column by Richard Thomas
Some tips on how to show vs. telling, in your fiction, for a more immersive and powerful experience.

Book vs. Films: "The Haunting Of Hill House"

Column by Christopher Shultz
How do the three screen adaptations of Shirley Jackson's seminal haunted house novel stack up to their source material?

The 20 Best Horror Stories Available Online for Free

Column by Max Booth III October 25, 2017
It’s Halloween, so let’s celebrate by reading some spooky stories.

6 Killer Death Scenes to Tattoo On Your Writer's Brain

Column by JS Breukelaar April 8, 2016
Great death scenes take you along for the ride but leave you short, alone, not quite dead yourself, but not quite as alive as you thought you were. Or maybe more so.
Bookshots: 'Shirley' by Susan Scarf Merrell

Bookshots: 'Shirley' by Susan Scarf Merrell

Review by Cath Murphy June 12, 2014
What appears to be an ordinary mystery turns into something much weirder. But then this novel is about Shirley 'The Lottery' Jackson.

What Scares You? 30 Terrifying Horror Stories Straight Out Of Your Worst Nightmares

Column by Kimberly Turner October 31, 2012
Nothing to fear but fear itself? What about dead things, evil dolls, darkness, madmen, water, spiders, and snakes? No matter what freaks you out, there's a book that'll scare the hell out of you.

The Blagger’s Guide to Shirley Jackson

Column by Cath Murphy July 13, 2012
Want to hold your own with the literati but find the idea of actually reading serious books about as appealing as a night of passion with Newt Gingrich? Fear not, the Blagger’s Guide is ready to help.

LURID: Location, Location, Location - Haunted House Stories

Column by Karina Wilson March 30, 2012
Haunted house stories have always been a mainstay of horror fiction. Lurid surveys some of the prime real estate in this durable subgenre.