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The Monster She Wrote Podcast

May 4, 2021

Shirley Jackson once again proves that she is the queen of creepy short stories, this time with her story “The Summer People.” The story starts idyllic, like many of Jackson’s stories. The Allisons are a wealthy older couple who summer in a cabin by a lake in rural New England. Their picturesque existence quickly turns nightmarish, however, when they decide to extend their trip and stay past Labor Day. 

Recommended in this episode: Caroline Kepnes's You series and Providence; also Netflix's The Irregulars

Next Episode: Tanith Lee’s story “Yellow and Red” (in the Vandermeer's The Weird anthology)

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Our social media is @MonsterWrote on Twitter and Instagram. Our email is This episode was produced and researched by Lisa and Mel. Theme music is “Misconception” by Nicolas Gasparini, used with permission.