After Lionel Halloran dies, his stepmother Orianna becomes the head of the household. Young Fanny gets a vision in which the ghost of her father tells her that the world is going to end and that only the Halloran house will be spared.
Shirley Jackson (1916–1965) was an influential American author. A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years. She has influenced such writers as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Nigel Kneale and Richard Matheson.
Shirley Jackson. Wikipedia.