We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Paperback)

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While she's finally starting to see a reemergence into the mainstream thanks to Netflix's series "The Haunting of Hill House," the fact that Shirley Jackson is still primarily known as a minor voice is one of the great failures of 20th century American Literature. At the risk of understating it, there is no modern horror genre without Shirley Jackson. And yet her focuses always lie so far beyond simple thrills and jump-scares: "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" is one of those obvious classics that reads like extant fable, and which is by turns melancholic, intriguing, sweet, funny, and yes, horrifying. This novel is almost entirely without flaw and remains entrancingly rereadable.

— Brett


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.

Praise For…

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780140071078
ISBN-10: 0140071075
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: June 5th, 1984
Pages: 214
Language: English