The first card I drew for the Deal Me In Short Story challenge was the 6 of Spades. Thus, my first story is "Lamb to the Slaughter" by Roald Dahl.
This was one of the few stories in my Deal Me In list that I was already familiar with, by reputation. It had been discussed under the topic of unusual murder weapons. This story is in a collection of mystery stories, and the theme of the collection is food and eating. When I chose this story for my list, I had no idea how well known it is.
This story was chilling and dark but not depressing. It was a great read and it was not what I expected, even knowing a bit about it going in.
Reading this story has convinced me to try more Roald Dahl short stories. While looking into the story I saw some comparisons to another story by this author, "The Landlady." I read it and it is just as chilling as "Lamb to the Slaughter." That story won the 1960 Edgar for Best Short Story. In 1954, Dahl won the Best Short Story Edgar for "Someone Like You."
I read this story in Murder on the Menu, but it has been reprinted in many collections. It is available online here or here.
- The story was adapted for television more than once. This post at The mOvie blog talks about the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode (starring Barbara Bel Geddes) and includes screenshots.
- This post at James Bond memes describes how the story resulted from a dinner conversation with Ian Fleming.
- Prashant at Chess, Comics, Crosswords, Books, Music, Cinema has reviewed this story.
My Deal Me In list of short stories is here. Jay at Bibliophilopolis hosts the challenge.