The Haunting of Hill House

About the Author: Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson was an influential American author A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years She has influenced such writers as Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson.She is best known for her dystopian short story, The Lottery 1948 , which suggests there is a deeply unsettling underside to bucolic, smalltown Ameri Shirley Jackson was an influential American author A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years She has influenced such writers as Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson.She is best known for her dystopian short story, The Lottery 1948 , which suggests there is a deeply unsettling underside to bucolic, smalltown America In her critical biography of Shirley Jackson, Lenemaja Friedman notes that when Shirley Jackson s story The Lottery was published in the June 28, 1948, issue of The New Yorker, it received a response that no New Yorker story had ever received Hundreds of letters poured in that were characterized by, as Jackson put it, bewilderment, speculation and old fashioned abuse Jackson s husband, the literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, wrote in his preface to a posthumous anthology of her work that she consistently refused to be interviewed, to explain or promote her work in any fashion, or to take public stands and be the pundit of the Sunday supplements She believed that her books would speak for her clearly enough over the years Hyman insisted the darker aspects of Jackson s works were not, as some critics claimed, the product of personal, even neurotic, fantasies , but that Jackson intended, as a sensitive and faithful anatomy of our times, fitting symbols for our distressing world of the concentration camp and the Bomb , to mirror humanity s Cold War era fears Jackson may even have taken pleasure in the subversive impact of her work, as revealed by Hyman s statement that she was always proud that the Union of South Africa banned The Lottery , and she felt that they at least understood the story.In 1965, Jackson died of heart failure in her sleep, at her home in North Bennington Vermont, at the age of 48


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  • 182 pages
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Shirley Jackson
  • English
  • 13 April 2018
  • 0143039989

The Haunting of Hill House The Classic Supernatural Thriller By An Author Who Helped Define The GenreFirst 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.

10 thoughts on “The Haunting of Hill House

  1. Bill Kerwin says:

    The Haunting of Hill House 1959 is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwise have been merely a sensational tale into a artful novel, worthy of a discerning reader.The novel suffers from its own pervasive influence, for, as soon as it gets underway, it seems whether or not you ve seen eithe The Haunting of Hill House 1959 is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwise have been merely a sensational tale into a artful novel, worthy of a discerning reader.The novel suffers from its own pervasive influence, for, as soon as it gets underway, it seems whether or not you ve seen either movie version woefully familiar Dr Montague stuffy old scientific type , wishing to investigate a haunted house, enlists the aid of Eleanor shy,retiring type , Theodora flamboyant bohemian type , and Luke handsome upper class type , the heir to the house At first, by daylight, things don t seem half bad, but then night comes, and well, you get idea Of cours...

  2. Michael says:

    I m falling in love with this book all over again as I re read it The premise is that of a science experiment an academic exercise to test the reality of house haunting I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise here s the chief investigator, here are the three other characters, all described at a clinical remove before we get into the story itself A contemporary editor might have said Cut this out and get right to the story, but to I m falling in love with this book all over again as I re read it The premise is that of a science experiment an academic exercise to test the reality of house haunting I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise here s the chief investigator, here are the three other characters, all described at a clinical remove before we get into the story itself A contemporary editor might have said Cut this out and get right to the story, but to me these opening pages are wonderful little character studies Then we follow Eleanor, the main character, as she takes the car she shares with her sister and drives to Hill House Again, it takes a few pages to get there, but it allows for wonderful scenes where her imagination takes flight or where she interacts, awkwardly, with the townsfolk in the nearest small town The interaction in the diner is classic Shirley Jackson capturing the suspicion and unease and boredom of small town life Now for the h...

  3. Stephen says:

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life I never knew she could spread prose like this This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson Shirl is smitten with language and she uses it to great effect to create an emotionally charged, disorientating atmosphere with healthy heapings of melodrama Very gothic in feel and actually reminded me of Wuthering Hei Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life I never knew she could spread prose like this This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson Shirl is smitten with language and she uses it to great effect to create an emotionally charged, disorientating atmosphere with healthy heapings of melodrama Very gothic in feel and actually reminded me of Wuthering Heights as far as the sense of emotional bleakness and dread that pervaded the na...

  4. Fabian says:

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid for the ravenous gauging of limits Adrenaline is searched for neurosis a collective paranoia ensue cause naturally follows effect Books are frequently very good carriers Materializations are often best produced in rooms where there re books I cannot think of any time when material was in any way hampered by the presence of books 186 There is an aura of authentic literary splicing here the psycholog This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid for the raven...

  5. Keith says:

    Erm This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten or so greatest horror novels of all time So, just having finished it, I m already forgetting having read it The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, it was ok Jackson has an interesting writing style and an ear for consistent, if not always realistic, quirky dialogue But the characters spend so much time being weirdly objective about their own fears that when bad stuff happens, I feel sort ofobjecti Erm This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten or so greatest horror novels of all time So, just having finished it, I m already forgetting having read it The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, it was ok Jackson has an interesting writing style and an ear for consistent, if not always realistic, quirky dialogue But the characters spend so much time being weirdly objective about their own fears that when bad stuff ...

  6. Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin says:

    I got this from the library and I can t figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now Here s the thing I loved the movies better than the book But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book It s not scary in the least Not to me anyway But it s good weird and just uggg I can t explain it Anyway, sorry so short I don t feel that good I wanted to do a longer review on this one Mel I got this from the library and I can t figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now Here s the thing I loved the...

  7. Shawn says:

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn t enjoy the book weak ending unrealistic dialogue not enough happens Christ, people, have an imagination although I will say this, they don t seem to be teaching kids what an unreliable narrator is in school nowadays, as this book is all about Eleanor s weak and self centered take on her surroundings and how that slowly gets worked over by Hill House so an unreliable narration Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn t enjoy the book weak ending unrealistic dialogue not enough happens Christ, people, have an imagination although I will say this, they don t seem to be teaching kids what an unreliable narrator is in school nowadays, as this book is all about Eleanor s weak and self centered take on her surroundings and how that slowly gets worke...

  8. Lyn says:

    Weird, weird book But well worth the time reading it.Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts until the very end And unlike other ghost stories that struggle with an ending, Jackson s haunted house tale brilliantly ends with the same mystery and psychological tension as the narrative held throughout, she leaves the re Weird, weird book But well worth the time reading it.Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts until the very end And unlike other ghost stories that struggle with...

  9. Joe says:

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories.

  10. Hannah Greendale says:

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its ownNo one knows, even, why some houses are called haunted What else couldyou call Hill House Luke demanded Well disturbed, perhaps Leprous Sick Any of the popular euphemisms for insanity a deranged house is a pretty conceitWhat makes The Haunting of Hill H Click her...