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Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has unnerved readers since its original publication in 1959. A tale of subtle, psychological terror, it has earned its place as one of the significant haunted house stories of the ages.
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.
''Makes your blood chill and your scalp prickle. . . Shirley Jackson is the master of the haunted tale.'' --New York Times Book Review
''Now widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written.'' --Wall Street Journal
''Shirley Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders.'' --Dorothy Parker, Esquire
This is a great book for the beginning of Fall. Well written and scary. What more could a person want from a horror story?Published 11 days ago by oldmom
Good entertaining haunted mansion story. Not sure why it's considered such a classic though.Published 11 days ago by Matthew J. Jacoby
This book has become an annual read for me. It is so well written that you don't even realize how strongly it is affecting you. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Star Jasmine
This book is one of my all time efavorite books...if any genre. It is extremely well written, and the author captures the psychological as well as the paranormal haunting. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Alis
I chose this rating because it didn't pull me into the story. The end just ended. I am not sure of "haunting".Published 16 days ago by yvonne krizon
So many others have reviewed the book, using most words and adjectives available. Suffice to say that the book, then the movie "The Haunting" - which was unusually faithful... Read morePublished 20 days ago by C. Rogers
I gave the book as a gift and the person loved it.
Do NOT, for the love of God, attempt to read this in an old house, while alone, during fall evenings! Read morePublished 23 days ago by Jason