Sometimes a writer of what is often mistakenly called the “fiction genre” completely transcends that genre. John le CarrÃ© wrote spy novels, and yet his George Smiley series and “A perfect spy“, to name a few, were among the most fully realized and enjoyable novels of their time. The same is true of Stephen King and the horror and supernatural genres.
The days before Halloween are a good time to revisit the Scary Realm, and this week we bring you a collection of weird seasonal stories. We begin with King’s âThat Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French,â in which a woman experiences a thrill of dÃ©jÃ vu while visiting Florida with her husband. In “The Bog Girl”, Karen Russell portrays a young Irish boy who discovers the remains of a girl who died two thousand years ago. In “All Aunt Hagar’s Children”, Edward P. Jones tells the story of a man haunted by his past as he tries to solve a lingering murder mystery. âA Shinagawa Monkey,â one of Haruki Murakami’s greatest works of short fiction, describes a young woman who receives alarming information about her life from an unlikely source. And, finally, a story you may have first encountered in a ragged school anthology: “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, a story as haunting and relevant today as it was. when it was first published, in the pages of The New Yorker, in 1948.