The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

  • Release Date : 2009-10-01
  • Genre : Horror
  • FIle Size : 1.32 MB
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The Haunting of Hill House THE INSPIRATION FOR THE NEW NETFLIX SERIES DEBUTING THIS HALLOWE'EN

The best-known of Shirley Jackson's novels and a major inspiration for writers like Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, The Haunting of Hill House is a chilling story of the power of fear.

'Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written' Donna Tartt, author of The Goldfinch and The Secret History

Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his lovely assistant; Luke, the future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers - and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. Twice filmed as The Haunting, and the inspiration for a new 10-part Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House is a powerful work of slow-burning psychological horror.

Shirley Jackson was born in California in 1916. When her short story The Lottery was first published in the New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the most iconic American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five more: Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. Shirley Jackson died in her sleep at the age of 48.

If you enjoyed The Haunting of Hill House, you might like Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'An amazing writer ... If you haven't read her you have missed out on something marvellous' Neil Gaiman

'As nearly perfect a haunted-house tale as I have ever read' Stephen King

'The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable' A. M. Homes

'Shirley Jackson is one of those highly idiosyncratic, inimitable writers...whose work exerts an enduring spell' Joyce Carol Oates

Reviews

  • JT

    3
    By JammesT
    This book is beautifully and eloquently written and the writer knows how to truly create a suspenseful scene and how to draw in the reader. She creates beautiful images and dark and scary tombs with her words. However, I downloaded this book after seeing it on a list of the 50 scariest books of all time. I was under the impression that this was going to be a good old fashioned haunted house story and I would be truly glued to the pages. To an extent this is true and I quickly ploughed through this novel and felt gripped and thrilled, but the writer creates a scene in which you're anticipating what happens next, and nothing happens next... It did not scare me and this was rather disappointing. Therefore the rating is more for the literary expertise of the writer rather than the actual content of the book

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