A Creepy Pair

we have always lived in the castle book coverIf the combination of evil and isolation intrigues you, let narrator Bernadette Dunne read you one of Shirley Jackson’s tales of psychological suspense.  Dunne’s ability to serve the story by making her voice husky, girlish, breathy, or shrill adds just the right touch of chill to gothic horror, and Jackson’s works are well-matched.  In We Have Always Lived in the Castle, two sisters have become outcasts in their town after the arsenic poisonings of several family members.  The Haunting of Hill House tells of a group of strangers who agree to participate in a study of occult phenomena.  Both deal with darkness subversive and real, and the echoes will resonate long after the final words.