January 3rd, 2021
 January pick: Dark Tales
January pick: Dark Tales

Every month we pick a book we know to be one of Kat’s favourites or one she has picked up and showcased via social media. To start off 2021 the right way, we chose one of Kat’s recommendations from December, Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson, who happens to be one of Kat’s favourite authors.

Synopsis

After the publication of her short story “The Lottery” in the New Yorker in 1948 received an unprecedented amount of attention, Shirley Jackson was quickly established as a master horror storyteller. This collection of classic and newly reprinted stories provides readers with more of her unsettling, dark tales, including the “The Possibility of Evil” and “The Summer People.” In these deliciously dark stories, the daily commute turns into a nightmarish game of hide and seek, the loving wife hides homicidal thoughts and the concerned citizen might just be an infamous serial killer. In the haunting world of Shirley Jackson, nothing is as it seems and nowhere is safe, from the city streets to the crumbling country pile, and from the small-town apartment to the dark, dark woods. There’s something sinister in suburbia.

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August 1st, 2020
 August Pick: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
August Pick: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We are kicking off the month of August with a new monthly feature, inspired by the mutual fondness Kat and myself share for books. Every month we will pick a book we know to be one of Kat’s favourites or one she has picked up and showcased via social media. It’s a cosy little way of getting acquainted with her a bit more personally.

For August, we picked We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, “one of my favorite writers of all time. If you like a little fright and beautiful stories that stay in your noggin forever, give her a read”.

Synopsis

My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise, I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cap mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead… 

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