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The Haunting of Hill House Hardcover – February 1, 1996
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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.
''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
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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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without question one of the greatest novels in the genre, as well as simply one of the greatest works of fiction. Read morePublished 1 day ago by cairneylad
I read this book when I was a teenager and loved it. So glad I found it again all these years later!Published 4 days ago by Akmfre
It's been a long time since a book genuinely scared me, and in my search to find one that can, this title seems to keep popping up, so I decided to give it a try. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sean Farrell
Very enjoyable read. The characters are well developed, the pace is fast enough to keep you excited, and there are plenty of spooky scenes to make you pleasantly uncomfortable.Published 8 days ago by gfauxpas
Okay, I was never shocked or scared by this novel but I still liked this dramatic thriller. Then again, I see this as more of an emotional horror novel. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jaime Contreras
It's different from most mysteries I've read. It was an easy read but an odd story. I don't really know how to describe it. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Sable
A fun and easy read that catapults the reader into a world of dark and sinister moods that descend over a house and it's summer guests. A good read!Published 23 days ago by Seth Vermaaten