How Shirley Jackson Died: Cause of Death, Age at Death, and More!

Shirley Jackson reached the not so modest age of 48 years. Find out the cause of death and more exciting information regarding the death of this famous novelist.

Biography - A Short Wiki

American author of the eerie short story, “The Lottery,” a tale that exposes the sinister side of a seemingly pleasant town. She is also famous for her 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House, which was later adapted into the popular horror film, The Haunting.

She grew up in California and relocated to New York for college, studying first at the University of Rochester and later at Syracuse University. She published the short story collection that contained “The Lottery” in 1949.

Her short stories, which include “All the Girls were Dancing,” “Come Along with Me,” and “The Strangers,” are famous for being very disturbing.

She married literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman; together, they had four children (Laurence, Joanne, Sarah, and Barry).

She influenced future horror writers such as Stephen King.

How did Shirley Jackson die?

Information about the death of Shirley Jackson
Cause of deathN/A
Age of death48 years
BirthdayDecember 14, 1916
Death dateAugust 8, 1965
Place of deathNorth Bennington, Vermont, United States
Place of burialN/A


I very much dislike writing about myself or my work, and when pressed for autobiographical material can only give a bare chronological outline which contains no pertinent facts.

Shirley Jackson

I never was a person who wanted a handout. I was a cafeteria worker. I’m not too proud to ask the Best Western manager to give me a job. I have cleaned homes.

Shirley Jackson

I delight in what I fear.

Shirley Jackson

Life Among the Savages is a disrespectful memoir of my children.

Shirley Jackson

I have always loved to use fear, to take it and comprehend it and make it work and consolidate a situation where I was afraid and take it whole and work from there.

Shirley Jackson