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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Haunting Of Hill House
Not often I’ll say a screen version is better than the book, in this case, it’s true. The scare factor wasn’t there at all.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will now go away and read everything by the author. Hugely entertaining story with brilliant central characters. I was able to visualise every scene, conjuring up vivid images of the characters and settings thanks to the beauty of the prose. The early exchanges between Nell and Theo are pure Wodehouse and the topsy turvy relationships that develop between the 4 guests is a joy to behold. The arrival of the ridiculously pompous Mr M and the indefatigable Arthur adds another comic layer to this bitter sweet tale.
I can't believe that it took me this long to discover this book but I am nevertheless so glad I did.