The Haunting of Hill House

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Penguin, Nov 28, 2006 - Fiction - 208 pages
1720 Reviews
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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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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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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