“Lamb to the Slaughter” is a short story by Roald Dahl that was first published in the September 1953 issue of Harper’s magazine. The story is one of suspense with strong elements of the black humor for which the author is noted in his works for both adults and children. It was later included in Dahl’s short story collection Someone Like You which became a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award winner in 1954. "Lamb to the Slaughter" was adapted for television twice: in 1958 for Alfred Hitchcock Presents for Dahl's own Tales of the Unexpected series in 1979.


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