Shirley Jackson was educated at the University of Rochester, and was married to Stanley Edgar Hyman, also a writer. They had several children. In addition to her neo-Gothic tales (e.g., her famous story, "The Lottery"), Jackson also wrote wacky accounts of family life.
"Shirley Jackson is unparalleled as leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet...shudders."
"At certain moments, quietly, in quick, subtle transitions of tone, Miss Jackson can summon up stark terror, make your blood chill and your scalp prickle....Shirley Jackson proves again that she is the finest master currently practicing in the genre of the criptic, haunted tale. To all the classic paraphernalia of the spook story, she adds a touch of Freud to make the whole world kin."