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Eleanor Vance has always been a loner--shy, vulnerable, and bitterly resentful of the 11 years she lost while nursing her dying mother. "She had spent so long alone, with no one to love, that it was difficult for her to talk, even casually, to another person without self-consciousness and an awkward inability to find words." Eleanor has always sensed that one day something big would happen, and one day it does. She receives an unusual invitation from Dr. John Montague, a man fascinated by "supernatural manifestations." He organizes a ghost watch, inviting people who have been touched by otherworldly events. A paranormal incident from Eleanor's childhood qualifies her to be a part of Montague's bizarre study--along with headstrong Theodora, his assistant, and Luke, a well-to-do aristocrat. They meet at Hill House--a notorious estate in New England.
Hill House is a foreboding structure of towers, buttresses, Gothic spires, gargoyles, strange angles, and rooms within rooms--a place "without kindness, never meant to be lived in...."
Although Eleanor's initial reaction is to flee, the house has a mesmerizing effect, and she begins to feel a strange kind of bliss that entices her to stay. Eleanor is a magnet for the supernatural--she hears deathly wails, feels terrible chills, and sees ghostly apparitions. Once again she feels isolated and alone--neither Theo nor Luke attract so much eerie company. But the physical horror of Hill House is always subtle; more disturbing is the emotional torment Eleanor endures. Intense, literary, and harrowing, The Haunting of Hill House belongs in the same dark league as Henry James's classic ghost story, The Turn of the Screw. --Naomi Gesinger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I haven't read the book yet, But I wanted to comment on the physical book itself. This a really great looking book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Wes
I don't know why this book appears on so many lists of Best Horror Novels. Maybe this book horrified people when it was first published in the 1950s, but 60 years later it just... Read morePublished 16 days ago by A. Goodman
Great book. The writing style and language used flows beautifully and the book takes a unique approach to the haunted house scene. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Mark W.
Fabulous book...think I actually enjoyed it even more than the haunting of hill house...definitely worth another readPublished 1 month ago by Ginger
Neither the plot nor characters were too exciting, and the ending left me wondering why I'd wasted my time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by HereKittyKitty
Ghost story done right - using the super natural to explore the utterly natural elements of human nature.Published 1 month ago by Emily Dana Lazovik
The Haunting of Hill House, published in 1959, is considered a classic in the horror genre- and for good reason. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve White
Jackson's novel is a great one for horror fans to check out, though contemporary horror readers should realize that it has much more subtle psychology than today's mainstream... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin Folliard
After hearing everything about the book in their other reviews I was expecting to be more scared however I wasn't attributed this to the fact that it appears to have been written... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tracy