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The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics)


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ISBN13: 9780143039983
ISBN10: 0143039989
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The 1963 movie of this book with its perfect casting of the late Julie Harris as the fragile, doomed Eleanor is one of my all-time favorite spook flicks, but it still does not capture the incredible malevolence and inexplicability of a place gone very, very bad. That was the genius of the novel.
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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.

About the Author

Shirley Jackson (1916–1965) received wide critical acclaim for her short story "The Lottery," which was first published in the New Yorker in 1948. Her novels include We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Sundial, and The Haunting of Hill House.

Laura Miller is a cofounder of Salon.com, where she is a senior writer. She is the editor of The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors and the introducer of the Penguin Classics edition of The Haunting of Hill House.

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Darcy J, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by Darcy J)
If you enjoy a really good ghost story as Halloween approaches, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is hard to beat. Probably best known for her eerie short story, "The Lottery", Jackson's haunted house novel is a classic of horror. If you think you know the story from having seen the dreadful 1999 movie, The Haunting, or even the much better 1963 version of the same name, you haven't. Quiet, yet terrifying, Jackson gives the house unearthly life from the first paragraph: "...Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills...and whatever walked there, walked alone." In a story with no gore, lovesick adolescent vampires, or even profanity, Jackson manages to draw you in and then scare the pants off you over and over again. Immerse yourself in Jackson's story and then sleep with the light on if you need to. It will be worth it.
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LyndaT, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by LyndaT)
This novel, like the tall and eerie spires of Hill House, towers above all other haunted house novels, and from the opening paragraph, the reader knows that they are in for a spooky treat.

Lest you think this book is for horror fans only, far from it -- this is a thinking person's novel of suspense, mystery, humor, and a well-written treatise on relationships (married, strangers, friends, or lovers, both straight and lesbian), depending on the mindset of the reader. I'm proof of how each reading can give you a different experience.
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David Gerstle, July 31, 2009 (view all comments by David Gerstle)
Though seemingly an innocuous 'haunted house tale,' Jackson's novel has left an imprint unlike any other horror story. If I can say nothing else, after multiple reads, sometimes even on warm and sunny summer days, this book still gives me the creeps.

Her novel succeeds so well because Jackson locates its horrors in places most of us could agree that they can (and would) be found - in our loneliness, self-doubt, awkwardness, and regret. In this sense, 'The Haunting of Hill House' is a ghost story taking place inside the heart and mind of its main character, Eleanor, who we find ourselves alternately pitying, loathing, loving, and praying for as things fall apart around (and inside) her. The result is a horror novel that engages its readers' emotions and intellects, even as Jackson works to scare us stupid.
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Product Details

Jackson, Shirley
Penguin Books
Miller, Laura
Haunted houses
General Fiction
Psychological fiction
Horror fiction
Horror - General
Edition Description:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.78x5.18x.56 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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The 1963 movie of this book with its perfect casting of the late Julie Harris as the fragile, doomed Eleanor is one of my all-time favorite spook flicks, but it still does not capture the incredible malevolence and inexplicability of a place gone very, very bad. That was the genius of the novel.

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