The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House

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The greatest haunted house story ever written, the inspiration for a 10-part Netflix series directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, and Timothy Hutton

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.

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Publisher: 2006.
ISBN: 9781101530641
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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LPL_KatieF Mar 03, 2019

2019 Book Squad Reading Goals - Ghost story

"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 "h... Read More »


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 20, 2020

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is the perfect spooky October book for those looking for a quick and captivating read. Following a group of adults who spend a little over a week at the infamous Hill House, Shirley Jackson’s novel introduces us to a house plagued by its history, death, and the impact it leaves on the visitors we become so familiar with. What I liked best about this book is that it was descriptive in the horror aspect, yet not too scary that I couldn't sleep after reading! Shirley Jackson’s novel inspired a chilling Netflix series of the same name, which I personally couldn’t continue watching due to the fear I felt after the first episode. The Haunting of Hill House novel was quite the opposite; scary enough to keep you interested and engaged, but not enough to really petrify you. The Haunting of Hill House is perfect for anyone too scared to see the horror, but all well in reading it! 5/5 stars, coming from someone who usually does not like horror!
@readingmouse of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

RyanR_KCMO Oct 13, 2020

Shirley Jackson excellently executes a character-driven narrative hidden behind a supernatural frame. Jackson does such a good job of misplacing your focus and getting your guard down while at the same time painting such a beautiful scene. It is easy to lose yourself in this tale. This was a perfect October read.

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avocadotree
Jul 10, 2020

I've found this novel charming, hilarious, scary and addictive. The conversations are so clever. It's a book I feel immersed in like I'm watching more than reading. Also very short and satisfying I feel like I'm going to need some more Shirley Jackson sooner than later

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maiki69
Jun 23, 2020

The novel by Shirley Jackson that was adapted to the stage by F. Andrew Leslie. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is a spooky tale. The star of this story is a house with a sordid past. When a young woman (Eleanor) who's "sensitive" where psychic matters are concerned takes up residence as part of an investigation into strange occurrences at the residence, the old place just gets stranger. By novel's end, she's showing symptoms of bi-polarity.

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bbock291
May 31, 2020

Nice to read the book that's said to have influenced so many psychological novels to follow. Might still stand the test of time too. By the end of the story, not sure if protagonist was possessed by the house, or driven insane by it.

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KWhite190
May 12, 2020

First, let me say this: this book, like its author, is highly misunderstood and underappreciated. Many critics and scholars acclaim this book as the greatest horror novel of all time (I disagree; I think The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is the greatest); because of this, readers pick of this book expecting shrieking ghouls and bloody gore with green slime running down the walls. None of that is in this book, so the hopes of readers with these expectations are dashed and they call this book stupid and boring (yes, I'm looking at those of you who gave this book 1 star reviews); this is just simply not true and exposes their ignorance. This novel is a masterclass in psychological horror as Eleanor descends into madness and Hill House's malevolent awareness absorbs her. There is no greater terror than our own minds, and that is why psychological horror is so much more intense. This book is in many ways similar to Henry James's Turning of the Screw, which is also psychological horror with an unreliable narrator and ambiguity that leaves readers asking if there were really any ghosts after all.

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therapymutt
Jan 25, 2020

STUPID

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TardisLibrarian
Dec 21, 2019

Very atmospheric and lots of ghost activity.

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lunabookworm55
Dec 03, 2019

I'm a bit disappointed, I wanted tension to start building and this didn't deliver for me. Except for the scaaary questions of which way the main characters swing. Are they gay or just good friends? OoOOOooOOOoh, scary! That's sarcasm. I don't care who likes who, I just want some scares that make me think about the nature of fear and humanity. That's all.

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Olgalevin
Nov 16, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed this classic spooky psychological ghost story. The whole story is really the definition of madness. There were a couple of areas in the book where I felt rather confused as to what was going on, but I think that was Shirley Jackson magic about her style of writing. It's written in very old fashioned style of writing, which isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. But that's just what I most enjoyed about the book.

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maiki69
Jun 23, 2020

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is a spooky story. Set in an old mansion with a sketchy past, its residence experience strange occurrences of the paranormal. By stories end, our characters are left without their wits, still seeking explanations, as the reader will be too. HILL HOUSE was one of the earliest psychological novels published, setting the stage for a new genre: the thriller.

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maiki69
Jun 23, 2020

HILL HOUSE was one of the earliest psychological novels published, setting the stage for a new genre: the thriller.
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