As much as my friends and myself admire Jackson's classic works, I must agree that this is a pretty mediocre collection of short stories. Because many have not been seen for over 50 years however, they certainly belong in the library of every Shirley Jackson fan. "The Possibility of Evil" is stunning. Sometimes Shirley either tried too hard, had writer's block or simply experimented with the bizarre; whatever the reason, most of her works were ahead of her time and when she was good she was the BEST-there are, unfortunately too many rather dull and uninspired stories in this collection. Shirley was the female Stephen King of her day!
A wonderful collection of great short stories from one my best authors. Whoever thinks this collection is mediocre or sometimes dull just had the wrong expectations imho, I just expected some great and witty or sometimes funny short stories, and I got them. If you have read Judy Oppenheimers biography the story "The Possibility of Evil" is even more significant. Ms. Jackson was certainly not a second Stephen King as she is sometimes called imho, since her writing is in no way primitive and simply bloody.