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The Haunting of Hill House Paperback – June 5, 1984
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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
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Eleanor is an especially appealing character to me because I share many of her doubts and fears: I don't belong, what are people saying about me?, are people laughing at me behind my back?, why am I here and where am I going?, etc. No one rivals Jackson in the ability to paint a deeply moving, psychologically deep portrait of the tortured soul.Read more ›
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Was really interesting but it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Shirley Jackson is still the best. She is masterful in her work and has not been eclipsed by all of the johnny-come-lately authors. Read morePublished 15 days ago by PugPeople
Interesting story, I remember the movie as a child but reading it wasn't as exciting. If there was more phenomenon I would have enjoyed reading it more.Published 23 days ago by Daniel Hardgrove
This book was so haunting and scary in a way that I've never experienced before. This will stick with me for a long time.Published 29 days ago by Coleen
Solid horror novel. Introduces the entire genre in a fun read.Published 1 month ago by Trotter LaRoe
Not a heart-pounding read that had me nervous to turn the lights out, but a solid psychological thriller. Though the ending was not a happy one, it did seem fitting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J Bartlett
This is a ghost story with bite added to it. While the original motion picture 1963s "The Haunting of Hill House" gave it's viewers something to chew on long after leaving... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Craig Larsen