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“The Lottery”: PG-13 Version

October 31, 2012 | by

In honor of the master of the creepy story, Shirley Jackson, we bring you this incredibly misleading pulp paperback cover. It must have led to some really disappointed —or freaked out—readers. Also: who is this demon lover of which they speak?





  1. Jeremy | October 31, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    They’re probably referencing one of Jackson’s other short stories, “The Daemon Lover,” which is usually anthologized alongside “The Lottery.” Of course, daemon doesn’t mean the same thing as demon, but that just makes for more wickedly delicious pulp, right? Thanks for sharing!

  2. Toby Flint | November 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Not as good as a remembered paperback cover showing a voluptuous young woman, clad in a diaphanous nightgown and holding a burning candle, leading a young man up a flight of darkened stairs. I think the book was “The Turn of The Screw.” I am not making this up.

  3. bob | November 5, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I’ve got two or three Steinbeck’s with Mills&Boon style covers. Was The Pearl a romance?

  4. Susan Merrell | November 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    James Harris is the demon lover of the title, the anti-hero of an old ballad called The House Carpenter that has dozens of versions. The basic story is that he seduces a married woman away from her home and family, and then kills her. Jackson named a number of the characters in this collection James or Jim Harris and in fact, many of the stories touch on the vulnerabilities of women in terms of their relationships with men.

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