If you love a chill running down your spine as you read a good horror story, you can't do any better than "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson. This short story shocked and outraged readers when it was first published in The New Yorker in 1948. Anthologies that have included the short story have been banned or challenged in schools and libraries many times in the past half century or more, and so it is a natural to include in my recommended reading list for ALA Banned Books Week.
One comment about our book trailer. It says the date for the village's lottery was July 27. It was actually June 27 in the short story. Well, close enough for horseshoes and stones.
P.S. Procol Harum released "Something Following Me" on the band's debut, self-titled album (1967). There's a creepy feel to the lyrics as the character singing is facing mortality. More strange and possibly sinister is "She Wandered Through the Garden Fence," which may have influenced Paul McCartney's "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" on the Beatles album, Abbey Road (1969). There was much more to Procol Harum than just the group's megahit, "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (1967).