“The Lottery” The Authorized Graphic Adaptation
Original Story by Shirley Jackson
Graphic Version Author/Illustrator: Miles Hyman
Publisher: A Novel Graphic by Hill & Ward, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016
If you loved (or at least could never forget) Shirley Jackson’s classic short story “The Lottery,” check out this graphic novel adaptation. It was illustrated by Miles Hyman, who happens to be Jackson’s grandson, and although many adaptations fall short, this one does not.
As regular readers of this blog will be aware, I am not a big fan of graphic novels. There are always exceptions. This interpretation, with its mostly somber colors (with the notable exception of blood-red end pages) and moody scenes, uses pictures to slowly build the same feelings of foreboding that lead to the horrifying end. In this instance, the use of graphic illustrations only intensifies the feelings, making it truly unforgettable.
Check out more of Miles Hyman’s work at: https://www.mileshyman.com/youngreaders