When Things Get Dark

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What to expect

A chilling anthology collecting stories from today’s best horror writers, inspired by and in tribute to the genius of Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson is a seminal writer of horror and mystery fiction, whose legacy resonates globally today. Chilling, human, poignant, and strange, her stories have inspired a generation of writers and readers.

This anthology, edited by legendary horror editor Ellen Datlow, brings together today’s leading horror writers to offer their own personal tribute to the work of Shirley Jackson.

Featuring Joyce Carol Oates, Josh Malerman, Carmen Maria Machado, Paul Tremblay, Richard Kadrey, Stephen Graham Jones, Elizabeth Hand, Kelly Link, Cassandra Khaw, Karen Heuler, Benjamin Percy, John Langan, Laird Barron, Jeffrey Ford, M. Rickert, Seanan McGuire, Gemma Files, and Genevieve Valentine.

Critics Review

  • “A joy for Jackson fans, but no Jackson knowledge is needed to enjoy this anthology. A gem in its own right.”

    SFX magazine
  • “Brings together eighteen outstanding, atmospheric horror shorts from some of the biggest names in the genre…Each of Datlow’s chilling selections successfully honors the spirit of Jackson’s writing, suffused with both the darkest of human emotions and the terror of the supernatural.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Readers with a taste for the macabre should find plenty to enjoy in this inspired collection.”


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