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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (June 12 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140071083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140071085
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark From Philly on June 3 2004
Format: Paperback
A powerful psychological thriller, "The Haunting of Hill House" affects the reader much as the fictional Hill House affects its intrepid explorers. Written with simple, lucid, and elegant prose, it is vaguely menacing and quietly disturbing, it is puzzling and disorienting, it is subtle and complex, and it works its dark magic by manipulating the fear, weakness, and despair we bring with us.
And the reviewer from Lubbock is spot on; My deepest sympathy to anyone who attempts chapter five, section four, alone, at night ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RavenHive99 on May 8 2004
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Shirley Jackson is truly a master of the human mind. Her stories, including this one, are not just about these strange and horrible things that happen to people, but even more about their minds and the ways that they react to the people around them. In one sense you can see the end of this story coming for a while, but it's still a shock when you reach it.
I've already read every book Stephen King has written, so I was looking for a good horror novel. After reading some of the reviews here, I spent all day hunting for this book, moving from bookstore to bookstore, and when I eventually found this, I started reading, about mid-afternoon. I was caught up with it and couldn't put it down, not even to eat, until two o'clock the next morning. Now it may have just been because I was reading it in the middle of the night, but for me this book is more frightening than any story I've ever read before. There is a strange emotional tapestry among the ghosthunters in this building, but withing the growing unease, there are absolutely terrifying scenes that creep up on you and shock you. What happens to Eleanor over the course of the book makes you shiver. Now, I haven't read Matherson's 'Hell House', but I would say that this is the most frightening story ever.
Journeys end in lovers meeting...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lady detective on April 12 2004
Format: Paperback
It starts out slow, but it builds & builds, & by the time the house gets ahold of dear Eleanor, it's too late to go back! I was chilled upon finishing the novel.
Don't expect skeletons popping out of closets, and ghosties running rampant from page one- if you do, it will only lead you into dissappointment.
Jackson's writing is literary & quite concerned with character development & it has an old-fashioned horror story appeal.
The ending makes this short novel, retrospectively, all the more thrilling.
Recommended!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By belladena on May 4 2000
Format: Paperback
Yes, I'm fumbling for words. Maybe my mind is too shallow for this deeply and subtley horrifying book, but the only thing reacting on my body was my skin. It was crawling with impatience. Silly dialogue, boring descriptions and a slow-moving plot line made for a very dull read. Yawwwn. I'd rather read TV Guide.
I expected a lot more from the writer of The Lottery. Maybe too much. (November, 1998)
UPDATE: I re-read this book in December 1998 and it stands as one of my favourite novels of all time. At the time I was reading _Haunting_, I was already a fan of Jackson's and own all of her available works. I think that I was expecting to be scared in the modern style we are now accustomed to. However, upon re-reading, I realized I really wasn't appreciating this book for what it was - deftly subtle, quietly creeping upon you and terrifying the wits out of you. The evil lurks beneath the calm veneer that Jackson has crafted, like a hand coming up out of a grave while you tend its flowers on a sunny day.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17 2010
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I picked up this book after numerous people suggested it was a great terrifying read. What a complete farce! While Ms. Jackson's writing skills and style are excellent, I found the storyline rather dull. I couldn't connect with any of the character's and the MC herself made me want to slap her.
As for this being horror? It most certainly didn't scare me; in fact I found myself skimming page after page, hoping to get to the exciting part that didn't come.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Symonds on July 17 2000
Format: Paperback
Never in all my love affair with books have I admitted that a movie was better than the book. However, I was terribly disappointed with the Haunting of Hill House. Just when the story began to get interesting, it was all over. All the reviews I read say how Shirley Jackson is a master of her craft. However, I felt like the book was very tame and unimaginative compared to the movie. I realize that movie watchers and book lovers are usually worlds apart, but I was disappointed in the many avenues which could have been explored in this story and were left uninvestigated. Overall, I was left with the impression that I had read a book that was written for pre-teens or early adolescents. What a let down. I still can't believe that I actually prefer the movie version of this story. AAAAUUUUGGGGHHHH!
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By A Customer on April 3 2004
Format: Paperback
I found it necessary to read this book all in one night. I then found it necessary to sit up for an hour afterwards watching cheerful video, and then went to bed with my walkman on.....I was a little creeped out.... What makes this slim novel a masterpiece is its surprizing effect. There is no gore, none of the trappings of current horror novels, and the language is straight foreward -- you have no sense of being manipulated. YET, sooner or later, it gets to you. Like her short story The Lottery, the very normalcy of the characters and your innate similarity to them draws you into the suspense. This is a must for anyone who appreciates the art of suspense over the bombastic horror of gore.
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