The Haunting of Hill House

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Buccaneer Books, 1987 - Fiction - 174 pages
1711 Reviews
Past the rusted gates and untrimmed hedges, Hill House broods and waits...

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, and occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own...

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Masterful storytelling, writing, pacing. - Goodreads
this book had a confusing ending and no clear purpose - Goodreads
A page turner, that is easy to read. - Goodreads
Lots of annoying banter. - Goodreads
Enchantingly written, I love the style of prose. - Goodreads
Plot: 5/10 slow, but some good tension. - Goodreads

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I picked this book up in one of my favourite haunts, a used book store (pun fully intended). I remembered reading it in high school and found it terrifying then. Now ... I think I have become jaded in ... Read full review

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This was a re-read. A wonderfully claustrophobic ghost story, with believable characters and passages of writing that stick in your mind. The first of which is this: "No live organism can continue for ... Read full review

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About the author (1987)

Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco, California on December, 14, 1919. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University in 1940. Much of her writing was done during the years she was raising her children. She is best-known for the short story The Lottery, which was first published in 1948 and adapted for television in 1952 and into play form in 1953. Her published works include articles, nonfiction prose, plays, poetry, seven novels, and fifty-five short stories. Her other works include Life among the Savages, Raising Demons, The Haunting of Hill House, which was adapted to film, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. She died on August 8, 1965 at the age of 45.

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