On June 26 1948, Shirley Jackson’s horrifying short story was released in The New Yorker. The backlash was instant and massive. To this day it remains the most negative response the magazine has ever experienced. More than sixty years later, “The Lottery” remains one of the most shocking short stories ever written. Read or listen to one of the most controversial stories ever printed by clicking here for our print copy, or here for Hoopla audio book edition. Then watch the equally horrifying Encyclopaedia Britannica video production that was shown in schools throughout the US.