Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald DahlFrom the author of books such as James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Georges Marvellous Medicine, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches and The BFG.
Lamb to the Slaughter (1953) is a short story by Roald Dahl. It was initially rejected, along with four other stories, by The New Yorker, but was ultimately published in Harpers Magazine in September 1953. It was adapted for an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and starred Barbara Bel Geddes. Originally broadcast on April 13, 1958, it was one of only 17 AHP episodes directed by Hitchcock himself. The story was subsequently adapted for Dahls British TV series Tales of the Unexpected. Dahl included it in his short story compilation Someone Like You.
Lamb to the Slaughter demonstrates Dahls fascination with horror (with elements of black comedy), a theme that would influence both his in adult fiction as well as his children stories.
Lamb to the Slaughter
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It was initially rejected, along with four other stories, by The New Yorker , but was ultimately published in Harper's Magazine in September Originally broadcast on April 13, , this was one of only 17 AHP episodes directed by Hitchcock himself. Dahl included it in his short story compilation Someone Like You. Mary Maloney, a housewife devoted to making a sweet home for her husband, and heavily pregnant with their first child, awaits her husband Patrick's return home from his job as local police detective. Mary is very much content in her marriage and believes her husband to be as well. When he returns Mary notices that he is uncharacteristically aloof, and assumes that he is tired from work.