The Haunting of Hill House
The greatest haunted house story ever written, the inspiration for a 10-part Netflix series directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, and Timothy Hutton
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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Shirley Jackson’s 1962 masterpiece is one of the most intriguing mysteries in American Gothic fiction. Much more than a mere whodunit, the novel expands on her legendary short story “The Lottery,” skewering the charms of small-town living and the supposed intimacies of family life. The atmospherics are simply great; the crumbling Blackwood family mansion becomes a sinister character in its own right. Jackson’s efficient prose has a creeping ability to conjure horror on multiple fronts at once.