The Strand Magazine: Unpublished Shirley Jackson Stories
(Issue 66 of The Strand Magazine featuring two previously unpublished Shirley Jackson stories, as well as fiction by Kerry Greenwood, Peter Heller, Kurt Anthony Krug and an exclusive interview with Paul Giamatti)
The Strand is proud to release two previously unpublished stories by Shirley Jackson, “Charlie Roberts” takes place entirely within one conversation in a seemingly typical domestic setting, as an unnamed husband and wife discuss the possibility of hosting a dinner party. While their words are free from any apparent anger or accusations, in typical Jackson fashion, what at first seems straightforward and even banal takes on a more sinister tone.
The other story, “Only Stand and Wait,” involves a man waiting for the bandages to be removed from his eyes after undergoing surgery to correct lifelong blindness. Probing something most of us take for granted, the conversation between the man and the doctor poses interesting questions about human nature, our relationship with the world, and what sight really means
Perhaps it’s Jackson’s influence, but this issue of The Strand feels especially haunted by tales of calamity cloaked in superficial calm. Take Kerry Greenwood’s “A Matter of Style,” in which the indefatigable Phryne Fisher solves a case of missing valuables without ruffling the feathers of genteel society in 1920s Melbourne. There’s also Peter Heller, one of the powerful voices of the literary mystery for the past decade, plumbing the depths of isolated living amid the bustle of Denver in “The Lake.” Kurt Anthony Krug also pits perception versus reality in “The Man You Don’t Want to Meet,” which traces a series of unsolved murders in the Motor City to something even stranger than a serial killer. Last but not least, we have Des Browning’s “Twist of Fate,” offering a surprising spin on the origin story of one of the most intriguing characters in the Sherlock Holmes canon. And if these stories don’t satiate your desire for the dark underbelly of life, we have plenty more recommendations among our staff’s latest book reviews.
We have an exclusive with Paul Giamatti besides being one of our generation’s most prolific, talented, and versatile actors, he has a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of crime fiction. The Strand’s in-depth interview ranged from little known classic movies, books we’d like to see adapted to film, and the enduring impact of Eric Ambler to the genius of Alec Guinness, the pitfalls of social media, L.A. bookshops, cockatoos, and pine tar.
The Strand is proud to release two unpublished Shirley Jackson stories and we continue to bring our readers the best in fiction, interviews with authors, as well as insightful book and audiobook reviews. In addition to the new Steinbeck short story, we’ve featured unpublished works other legendary authors including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Chandler, H.G. Wells, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Tennessee Williams, and Joseph Heller.
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