When things get Dark : Stories inspired by Shirley Jackson

This was exciting at first. I love Shirley Jackson and her writing is so very much her. I was looking forward to see how other author’s would keep their distinct voices while dealing with similar twists and tropes that she worked in.

I was disappointed.

All of the authors in this collection are skilled in their own right. When it came to this, I was reading works where people, it seemed, tried to write like Jackson instead of themselves.

At the risk of sounding cruel, a lot of it was derivative.

You can be inspired by, and pay homage to something or someone without mimicry. It isn’t always the highest form of flattery.

This was one of those instances. I was hoping for modern twists and flavors.

It isn’t like the writing was bad, it was good. But a lot of the stories felt like the authors were trying to be Jackson instead of themselves.

A three star for the few stories I liked.

I received this arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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