Review: Shirley

Shirley is about Shirley Jackson and the year in her life when she wrote Hangsaman (1951). It paints her writing life as a Gothic tale of horror and madness similar to the novels and short stories she produced. Writing fiction is indeed a kind of madness as imagination takes over the writer’s waking life. In this Shirley Jackson story, that statement is taken literally.

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Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, adapted from a Shirley Jackson novel, is a Gothic horror tale of insanity and paranoia. The slow moving story is marked by mounting dread.

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Review: The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House will be discussed and analyzed for years to come. It’s that kind of work of art. Watching it is like peeling an onion – you think you’ve found the meat, but there’s always one more layer. You dig deeper and deeper in tighter and tighter circles until the whole opens up, explodes, and you’re surrounded by layers again.

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