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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
True horror comes from decorating the unknown with your own fears. Shirley Jackson allows her characters, and by extension: us, to do the same to chilling effect.Published 10 hours ago by K. Coleman
First off, I have no idea who is writing the 5 star reviews on this dreck. They are either part of the publisher's marketing department, fanboys of the author, haven't actually... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Christopher Stennie
i know as an avid reader I should be embarrassed to admit that it's hard for me to get into the classics ; the writing is tough ; the language different and yesteryear doesn't seem... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Deborah S. Eden
Having recently read Let Me Tell You, the brand new book of Shirley Jackson's previously unpublished/uncollected short fiction and essays (review coming soon in Rain Taxi), spurred... Read morePublished 6 days ago by rndkr
True haunted house horror that doesn’t rely on gimmicky bumps in the night. Many of the scares come from within a series of intangibles; the questionable history of the house, the... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Sarah M. Cradit
It was an interesting book and nicely written. It didn't scare me as I have read it did others. I will read more of her books. Also a great book club read.Published 1 month ago by Robbi Podgaysky
One of the greatest ghost stories ever written. My third reading in my life. The film made in the 90's is horrible and not really a true adaptation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R.J. Hofbauer