The Haunting of Hill House

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Penguin, Nov 28, 2006 - Fiction - 208 pages
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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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One of the most effective ghost stories I have ever read. Definitely the most impactful. Shirley Jackson is a master of dialogue. If you think 'nothing happens' in this book, then you are not paying attention at all.

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I've been reading and watching scary stories for over 40 years. I consider this the horror tale by which all others are measured. No slash, no spatter, just suspense that will keep you scared of the dark long after you've finished.

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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.

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