Short story in an anthology about a man who stops at a farm owned by a young woman who owns pigs. At the end we find out her name is Circe. I thought it was in a collection about the seven deadly sins...

  • Approximately when did you read this?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Oct 28, 2015 at 15:34

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This could be "Mrs. Hawk" by Margaret St. Clair.

It was originally published in the 1950 July issue of Weird Tales (available at the Internet Archive), and as @user14111 has pointed out, re-published in The Unexpected. Neither of them seem to be about the seven deadly sins.

I can't find the original story, but Episode #50 of Thriller was based on it and its script can be found here.

From the script there is a pig farm

EXT. HOG FARM - NIGHT - FULL SHOT - (STOCK) Sparkling white house and outbuildings, neat fences and pens, etc., set back from the road which winds pleasantly through the moonlit valley below.

And that Mrs. Hawk is actually the Greek Goddess Circe:

I, Cissy Hawk, do confess that I am actually Circe, the Greek sorceress who changed sailors of Ulysses into hogs.

  • Google is not your friend but the ISFDB is. "Mrs. Hawk" was reprinted in a paperback anthology called The Unexpected.
    – user14111
    Oct 29, 2015 at 0:03
  • The TV script you linked to is a greatly expanded version of Margaret St. Clair's little story Mrs. Hawk, with a lot of additional characters and incidents. Here's what happens in the text story, as reprinted in The Unexpected: Because Norman Vesh and Andrew Fruness, two young men who answered Mrs. Hawk's "matrimonial ads", are missing persons, Sheriff Willets is investigating Mr. Hawk and her hog farm. . .
    – user14111
    Oct 29, 2015 at 4:04
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    . . . He suspects her of witchcraft since he read about the Circe myth in his son's mythology book. When she offers refreshments, he switches drinks with her but falls for the poisoned doughnut. All that other stuff, such as the signed confession you quoted, were added for the TV drama.
    – user14111
    Oct 29, 2015 at 4:05

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