Jackson is by far one of the most intriguing authors we have covered and though she only lived to be 48 (spoiler alert) her work has inspired the greats includingStephen King, Neil Gaiman, Richard MathesonandJoyce Carol Oates.
Jackson’s complicated life is discussed in this episode along with the influential film (titledThe Haunting) directed by the much-admiredRobert Wise.Book Vs Movie--which did we like better? Click on the link below to find out!
Main topics covered in this episode:
The life story of Shirley Jackson and how her early (family friendly) work inspired moms all over the country--including peerErma Bombeck.
Why she chose to write about fun, family lifeandhorror stories. (Thanks to a rather cold mother.)
Her strained marriage which exasperated her health issues
The leads of the 1963 movie includingJulie Harris,Claire Bloom,Richard JohnsonandRuss Tamblyn.
The spiral staircase scene and how it was achieved
How the sexuality of the Theodora character is handled in both the book and film