Posted on December 17, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A previously unseen short story by Shirley Jackson has just hit newsstands.

The Strand literary magazine has included “Adventure on a Bad Night” in the issue that came out today.

The tale of an unhappy woman whose visit to a corner store illustrates the racism and sexism of the time is believed to have been written in 1944.

Jackson’s son, Laurence Hyman, who made that estimate to The Guardian, said he found the story stuffed in a box at the Library of Congress.

Jackson is best known for her short story “The Lottery” and the novels The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

Today’s news comes on the heels of an announced Jackson tribute anthology.

Acclaimed writers such as Joyce Carol Oates and Paul Tremblay will contribute to When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson, which is expected out in fall 2021.

You can read more about the anthology in Lit Hub.

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