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.
The Haunting of Hill House
What a great novel. Not the slightest bit “scary” however. I can’t stress what a huge disappointment it is in that regard. Humorous and interesting, but how can this be considered the scariest book haunted house book ever written!?
Can’t read a sample?? It’s just introduction?
Not going to buy it because I can’t read a sample. You don’t get a sample of a book to read ten pages of introduction from completely different authors 🙄 can you imagine if you went to a grocery store and were offered a free sample, and instead of food they handed you a description of the food by other people who have eaten it? So dumb. Not spending $12.99 on a book I can’t even look at before I pay.
Fun All Hallows Eve Read
This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.
Dr. Montague is an occult scholar looking for evidence of a haunting. He picks three people for his team. Eleanor is a fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists. Theodora is his cheerful assistant. Luke is the future heir of Hill House and is present to represent his family. What is intended as a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena will soon become far more than they imagine. Cold spots, closing doors, and knocking will take a sinister turn. Hill House will choose one to make its own.
Shirley Jackson published The Haunting of Hill House in 1959. There is a trace of insanity in the writing to mirror the insanity of the house. Dr. Montague, who arranged the investigation, notes that the angles of the house are all intentionally slightly off. The investigation starts off innocently enough with doors never staying closed. The next night there is a strange dog and knocking on the wall. From there the encounters get more disturbing. What is more, they seem to be focusing on Eleanor.
I found the setting intriguing and the events had potential. It mixes the genres of horror with psychological thriller, mapping a descent into madness. The dialog was typical for the writing of the era in which Shirley Jackson wrote. Though the artistic nature was well crafted, it was hard to follow in places. Never-the-less, while not as spooky as it could be, it was a fun All Hallows Eve read.