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The Haunting of Hill House

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ISBN13: 9780140071085
ISBN10: 0140071083
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Past the rusted gates
and untrimmed hedges,
Hill House broods and waits...

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an 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...

Review:

"Makes your blood chill and your scalp prickle....Shirley Jackson is the master of the haunted tale." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Shirley Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders." Dorothy Parker, Esquire

Synopsis:

The four visitors at Hill House — some there for knowledge, others for adventure — are unaware that the old mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own.

About the Author

Shirley Jackson (1919–1965) was the author of two short story collections and six novels. A collection of her previously unpublished fiction, Just An Ordinary Day, was published in 1996.

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Kristin Leigh Brezinski, October 26, 2014 (view all comments by Kristin Leigh Brezinski)
I always tell people "this is more of a character study about loneliness and belonging than a horror novel," but then I have to immediately add "but it's very scary, too!" So why not both? Jackson riffs on all of the best haunted house tropes - an intrepid group of researchers who heard the rumors and are here to inject truth into the discourse, the grim hired help who refuse to remain on the grounds after nightfall, a history of death and puritanical religious fervor, and of course the woo-woo spiritualist who simply wants to put any lingering spirits to peaceful rest - but she also has a lot to say about human relationships and sexuality. Whether you're looking for a seasonally-appropriate thrill or something to make you think, this is a great pick.
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Gary Becker, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Gary Becker)
I don't know if this is good or bad, but ever since I've put this book down, I've had nightmares....really spooky book about a haunted house. Jackson has an uncanny ability to convey the horror of the diseased house, but without any of the phony visuals. Everything here is a psychological haunting which really sticks with you for days. Probably the best "haunting" I've ever read. Enjoy it if you can!!
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Michelle, January 5, 2007 (view all comments by Michelle)
Shirley Jackson finds a way to make this book incredibly creepy in a sneaky way. I tried my best not to read it in the dark, but I had bad dreams anyway. Her use of imagery and language create a thrilling, bone-chilling book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140071085
Author:
Jackson, Shirley
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Haunted houses
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Ghost
Subject:
Horror tales
Subject:
Gothic novels
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
Horror - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
June 1984
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.88x5.04x.48 in. .38 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 256 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140071085 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Makes your blood chill and your scalp prickle....Shirley Jackson is the master of the haunted tale."
"Review" by , "Shirley Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders."
"Synopsis" by , The four visitors at Hill House — some there for knowledge, others for adventure — are unaware that the old mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own.
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