‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson (1948). Collected in Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories, edited by John Joseph Adams, Night Shade Books, 2011-12, 2nd edition, approx. 8 pgs (p. 3-10). Every year, on the 27th of June, the lottery takes place. People gather to their village green and congregate, waiting for the annual drawing in which heads… Continue reading Otherworldly October: ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson
‘Hurst of Hurstcote’ by E. Nesbit (1893). Collected in The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, edited by Chris Baldick, Oxford University Press, 1992-3, approx. 10 pgs (p. 286-296). John Hurst is an odd young man; interested in the occult and with a haughty attitude, he doesn’t have many friends. His classmate, Bernard, however, finds Hurst… Continue reading Otherworldly October: ‘Hurst of Hurstcote’ by E. Nesbit
‘Shona and the Water Horse’ by R. Chetwynd-Haynes (1972). Collected in 65 Great Spine Chillers, edited by Mary Danby, 1982, Octopus Books Ltd., for St. Michael/Marks & Spencers, approx. 13 pgs (p. 132-145). One night a mysterious and handsome stranger comes to the small Highland village Shona calls home. He calls upon her Minister father… Continue reading Otherworldly October: ‘Shona and the Water Horse’ by R. Chetwynd-Hayes
‘The Raft’ by Stephen King (1982) Collected in Skeleton Crew by Stephen King, Futura Books, 1985, approx. 31 pgs (p. 287-318). Randy, Deke, LaVerne, and Rachel are already missing the summer. When Rachel recalls the fun she had out on a raft in the middle of nearby Cascade Lake as a kid, the group rushes out on… Continue reading Otherworldly October: ‘The Raft’ by Stephen King
‘The Haunted Dolls’ House’ (1923) by M. R. James Complete Ghost Stories, Macmillan Collectors’ Library Book 1997, Kindle edition, 2017. Mr Dillet buys a dolls’ house from an antiques dealer. It’s a rare find: perfect condition, with all the tiny furniture, belongings, and doll inhabitants intact! He takes it home and marvels at its miniature details.… Continue reading Otherworldly October: ‘The Haunted Dolls’ House’ by M. R. James (1923)
Following on from Sci-Fi September 2018, it’s Otherworldly October! Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, or whether you’re taking part in the other monthly challenge of Inktober this year (hello, me too!), it’s hard to deny that October is the perfect time of year to indulge in some of history’s spookiest stories, no matter what you’re planning this… Continue reading Welcome to Otherworldly October 2018!
And so we’ve come to the end of our Sci-Fi September marathon! It was a lot of fun – and I was surprised by just how fast the month went! I chose most of the short stories at random from a few anthologies I had lying around, with only, really, one of them being recommended… Continue reading Sci-Fi September Roundup!