Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson

After reading 
Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson, I decided it was high time to read another book written by Shirley Jackson as I'd been meaning to read another one of her books after I'd read and reviewed Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House in October 2016. 

So, I decided to listen to the unabridged audio version of The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson and narrated by Gabrielle de Cuir.

Listening time for The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson is 3 hours, 9 minutes.

I enjoyed listening to this nonfiction book about the Salem witch trials of 1692 to 1693. Ms. Jackson did a phenomenal job of bringing these events to life and keeping the topic interesting and engaging. I was surprised to learn that The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson was written for young readers. 

I would recommend The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson to anyone wanting to learn a detailed, historical account of the Salem witch trials.

Below is the publisher's summary for The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson from Audible:
A detailed account of one of the strangest and most shocking episodes in American history, written by the author of "The Lottery".

Stories of magic, superstition, and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in the little town of Salem Village. But a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by the tales told by a woman named Tituba. When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as they accused townsperson after townsperson of being witches. Author Shirley Jackson examines in careful detail this horrifying true story of accusations, trials, and executions that shook a community to its foundations.
I am giving The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson a rating of 5 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. This is a Shirley Jackson book I have not read! I have a biography of her I hope to get to in the new year. As I read that I will probably reread some of her novels.

    1. I'm looking forward to reading more of Jackson's works in the future.

  2. Ooh...this one sounds really good! :)

    1. If you like this type of history, I think you'll love it.

  3. Ooo this sounds great! I have loved two of Shirley Jackson's novellas: The House on Haunted Hill and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but I didn't know she had wrote non-fiction. Thank for sharing on Carole's Chatter! 😃

    1. I still want to read both We Have Always Lived in the Castle and also The Lottery, and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson.

      Happy reading!