Short Story #240: The Daemon Lover by Shirley Jackson
Title: The Daemon Lover
Author: Shirley Jackson
ReflectionI love the way Jackson wrings out all hope of a situation. There seems to be such happiness and hope at the story's start, but that has all dried up by story's end. The nameless woman has been spurned by the "daemon lover,' who snickers at her from behind a closed door that she can never enter. I'm less impressed with a certain amount of prudishness (premarital sex resulting in not marriage), but to see her hope higher and higher with each sign of his disappearance is well executed.
Short Story #240 out of 365
Rating: 3 (out of 5 stars)
Date Read: 7/23/2014
Source: The short story can be found at this website.
For a full listing of all the short stories in this series, check out the category 365 Short Stories a year.
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