by Josephine Decker
The move to Vermont promises a new life for Rose and Fred. Fred takes up a position with the renowned professor and bon vivant Stanley Hyman. The young couple is allowed to stay at his house until they find their feet – on one condition: that Rose helps Stanley's wife with the household. Stanley's wife is Shirley Jackson, the perpetually unkempt, cigarette-toting and eccentric horror writer, who has been scared to venture out of the house for weeks. After some initial hostility, a mutual fascination begins to form between the two women, and Shirley develops an idea for a novel about a missing woman. The boundaries between reality and fiction become increasingly blurred behind the house’s heavy curtains.