The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
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The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

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About Shirley Jackson

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Shirley Jackson (1919–1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote many stories as well as six novels and two works of nonfiction.Jonathan Lethem is the author of numerous acclaimed novels, including Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude.
 
Published October 16, 1959 by Penguin Classics. 258 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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A tantalizing, suggestive reconnaissance where the phantasma of other worlds- and private worlds- reveal a disconcerting similarity, and Shirley Jackson's special following will find pause to wonder and admire.

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The horror inherent in the novel does not lie in Hill House (monstrous though it is) or the events that take place within it, but in the unexplored recesses of its characters' – and its readers' – minds.

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Examiner

Every flickering lamp … creaking floorboard … and slamming door … tells us that the house is waiting, biding its time, and poised to strike.

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Entertainment Weekly

(You haven't seen a groovy insinuation of lesbianism until you've seen Claire Bloom as Theo, dressed head to toe in Mary Quant, sidling up to Julie Harris' Nell.) But — to quote David Self's dull-edged script in this latest, anti-analytical update — what is wrong with you people?

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The Bookbag

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality… Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills holding darkness within… From the very beginning, the opening sentence, Hill House is presented to us as something alive.

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Pajiba

Things like banging on doors, a dog-like specter moving through the house, but it becomes clear early on that whatever is haunting the house (or the house itself) has fixated on Eleanor.

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SF Site

The Haunting is not art house horror -- it is a Hollywood special effects movie for those of us who love Vincent Price and Boris Karloff.

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BellaOnline

Shirley Jackson, in a classic horror novel from the fifties, The Haunting of Hill House, carries the reader with her to a deserted, sinister house perfect for a ghost story.

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BlogHer

I had, along with every other ninth grader over the past 40 years, read the widely anthologized, The Lottery and I’ve seen both the 1963 and the 1999 film versions of The Haunting of Hill House, (shortened to The Haunting for both film versions).

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