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.
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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