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Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has unnerved readers since its original publication in 1959. A tale of subtle, psychological terror, it has earned its place as one of the significant haunted house stories of the ages.
Eleanor Vance has always been a loner--shy, vulnerable, and bitterly resentful of the 11 years she lost while nursing her dying mother. "She had spent so long alone, with no one to love, that it was difficult for her to talk, even casually, to another person without self-consciousness and an awkward inability to find words." Eleanor has always sensed that one day something big would happen, and one day it does. She receives an unusual invitation from Dr. John Montague, a man fascinated by "supernatural manifestations." He organizes a ghost watch, inviting people who have been touched by otherworldly events. A paranormal incident from Eleanor's childhood qualifies her to be a part of Montague's bizarre study--along with headstrong Theodora, his assistant, and Luke, a well-to-do aristocrat. They meet at Hill House--a notorious estate in New England.
Hill House is a foreboding structure of towers, buttresses, Gothic spires, gargoyles, strange angles, and rooms within rooms--a place "without kindness, never meant to be lived in...."
Although Eleanor's initial reaction is to flee, the house has a mesmerizing effect, and she begins to feel a strange kind of bliss that entices her to stay. Eleanor is a magnet for the supernatural--she hears deathly wails, feels terrible chills, and sees ghostly apparitions. Once again she feels isolated and alone--neither Theo nor Luke attract so much eerie company. But the physical horror of Hill House is always subtle; more disturbing is the emotional torment Eleanor endures. Intense, literary, and harrowing, The Haunting of Hill House belongs in the same dark league as Henry James's classic ghost story, The Turn of the Screw. --Naomi Gesinger
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Love, love,love the book and the service. I ordered the book and it came in 3 days (standard shipment) great book. Very happy with this purchasePublished 3 months ago by sarah
This book was suppose to be among the top thrillers ever written. I for one did not find it as good as all the hype. I believe if it were a movie I'd be shaken in my boots.Published 3 months ago by Lesley Dawn
Forgetting the genre for a moment, as a work of fiction, this book is a masterpiece. "Hill House" is widely considered to be THE haunted house story that has been endlessly... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Aaron Steinhoff
Not scary at all. HardIy anything happened. I forced myself to finish it cause I paid good money for it.Published 7 months ago by Master Blazer
Because I have always wanted to read this gothic classic, I joined The Haunting of Hill House Readalong hosted by The Estella Society.
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Though it starts off a bit slow, this book is really gripping right from the get-go. Loved it.Published 13 months ago by Shirley
I picked up this book after numerous people suggested it was a great terrifying read. What a complete farce! While Ms. Read morePublished on May 17 2010 by A Customer
This book isn't a horror book at all. Not only is it not scary, it isn't too interesting either. I would have stoped reading it but I was certain there would be something to... Read morePublished on March 4 2009 by Rob