The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House

Part of a six-volume series of the best in classic horror, selected by award-winning director Guillermo del ToroThe classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre. 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 fo...


Details The Haunting of Hill House

TitleThe Haunting of Hill House
ISBN9780143039983
Author
Release DateNov 28th, 2006
PublisherPenguin Classics
LanguageEnglish
GenreHorror, Classics, Fiction, Gothic, Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal
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Reviews The Haunting of Hill House

  • Bill Kerwin
    2016-02-11
    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 u...
  • Michael
    2017-04-29
    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: ...
  • Stephen
    2011-03-27
    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 go...
  • Fabian
    2013-10-28
    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 authe...
  • Keith
    2009-01-14
    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 tha...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2018-04-11
    ”No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone o...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    2017-11-14
    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 thi...
  • Shawn
    2009-05-05
    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...
  • Lyn
    2012-01-07
    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 a...
  • Joe
    2016-11-21
    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories.
  • Hannah Greendale
    2016-10-24
    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 own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are called haunted.""What else could you call Hill House?" Luke demanded. "Well - disturbed, perhaps. Leprous. Sick. Any of the popular euphemisms for insanity; a deranged house is a ...
  • Jason
    2012-09-19
    My mom has always said that an involuntary shudder—a shiver going up your spine, if you will—indicates someone having just walked over your grave. That cold spot you pass through when walking from the living room into the foyer? That’s not a draft of unheated air coming from upstairs (cold air sinks, you’ll recall)—no, that’s a ghost. And the message written in blood on your bathroom mirror this morning? Well, er, let’s just ignore ...
  • Jean
    2014-10-26
    "Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone."This comes from the opening to The Haunting of Hill House, a 1959 novel by Shirley Jackson, an Am...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2015-09-30
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL USE ALLLLLLL OF YOUR DATA. GET THEE TO A REAL ‘PUTER OR AN UNLIMITED CELL PHONE PLAN BEFORE READING.My first official buddy read with the Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantsless ones . . . Turns out they picked kind of a crunchy one. I should have known those bastages were just trying to trick me! The Haunting of Hill House wasn’t awful, but it was most definit...
  • Dan Schwent
    2015-08-26
    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless OnesWhen an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed?I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to take the plunge when the Pantless Ones picked it for an October read. I was not overly impressed.I don't know if this was the case of wrong book/wrong time but I was not eng...
  • Dannii Elle
    2017-10-23
    It still astounds me how a decades old horror story can continue to captivate and terrify a modern-day audience, more attuned to altogether grislier, bloodier, and gorier tales.The Haunting of Hill House is about exactly as the title described. And yet knowing all that is to come enhances instead of detracts from the building dread that begins right as the novel opens. The reader is introduced to a motley crew of intrepid explorers, advancing on ...
  • Char
    2011-12-29
    A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect.HIGHLY recommended! Quote: “I am like a small creature swallowed whole by a monster, she thought, and the monster feels my tiny little movements inside.” And what I think is the best opening paragraph in all of literature: "No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absol...
  • Evgeny
    2015-10-05
    This is a buddy read in a super-secret group which I will not name for the fear of a fatal accident I will have if I do name it. However I will name the people involved: Licha, Anne, Steve, Jeff, Miriam, Stepheny, Delee, Dan, Dan 2, Alissa, Tadiana, Ginger, Kristin, Christopher, and Kelly. Speaking about Kelly, I have no chances whatsoever to write a better review than hers, but the guy can still hope, can't he? Please let me know if I forgot som...
  • Aoibhínn
    2012-04-06
    The plot, of The Haunting of Hill House, is about three people named, Eleanor, Theodora and Luke, who are invited to stay in a supposedly haunted house for the summer to aid a scientist, Dr. Montague, in his pursuit of paranormal investigation. The book started out as a tale about a creepy old haunted house and then turned into a story about a young mentally unstable woman losing her mind.I was disappointed by this book to be honest. I felt the n...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    2016-11-05
    This book was certainly eerie, creepy, and haunting. It was elegantly written, and the characters and plot immediately sucked me in. I highly recommend this for anybody looking for a slightly spooky, easy-to-read classic. I can't wait to read more Shirley Jackson!
  • Delee
    2013-02-11
    October 5th/2015[image error]What is that you say? ANOTHER buddy-read with The Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantsless Buddy Read Group????[image error]How frightening!!! Hold me closer Tony Danza!
  • María
    2017-11-28
    "[...] lo que fuera que caminase allí dentro, caminaba solo".
  • Mohammed Arabey
    2016-02-25
    بهذه الرواية "الكلاسيكية" ستواجه ما هو أكثر رعبا من البيوت المسكونةرعب الوحدة...والمحاولات اليائسة "للانخراط" الاجتماعي التي تصاب بالفشلA novel about a Horror more terrifying than Haunted Houses..The Horror of Loneliness, and the Desperate attempts to socially fit in.لم اجد ترجمة لكلمة "فيت أين" سوي الانخر...
  • Councillor
    2015-05-25
    Tales about haunted houses are by now as common as major character deaths in Game of Thrones (sorry, couldn't resist that comment), but it seems like Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House belongs to those classic stories which caused the hype first of all. Shirley Jackson may be best known for her dystopian short story The Lottery which initially introduced me to her writing, but in the end, Hill House is what made her a commonly mentioned...
  • Beverly
    2017-10-17
    There is much evidence of what a great wordsmith Shirley Jackson was in this book, for example; in her description of the dour gardener and housekeeper, Mr and Mrs. Dudley: "Her apron was clean, her hair was neat, and yet she gave an indefinable air of dirtiness, quite in keeping with her husband, and the suspicious sullenness of her face was a match for the malicious petulance of his." I love the dual adjectives to describe them.Comedy and horro...
  • Sam
    2009-01-09
    What are we talking about when we talk about genre fiction? Some people say it's a matter of tropes: a murder weapon, an android army, a haunted house. But a trope is just the shadow of a construction that used to be meaningful, and among the glut of police procedurals and space odysseys, good writers have always been mining the violence, loneliness, and paranoia that hides in the depths of our common forms. For Patricia Highsmith, a murder weapo...
  • Luvtoread
    2018-01-13
    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this booktruly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter.The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent and truly scary and creepy especially for that eraand so eerie and suspenseful and no blood and gore just an old fashioned scare the wits out of you haunted house story!
  • Brad
    2009-02-11
    Rarely have my feelings about a book been so jumbled.I hated all The Haunting of Hill House's characters so much that I couldn't stand reading the book, yet Shirley Jackson's need to make us hate all the characters in the book, and her success impressed the hell out of me.But then I wondered if the reason I hated the characters was not genuinely because of the book, but because of the crappy film version from 1999. Jan de Bont's remake, The Haunt...
  • Anne
    2007-11-12
    I was once so in love with Shirley Jackson that I declared I'd marry the man who could identify the source of this passage: "Don't do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cupof stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyoneelse you will never see your cup of stars again"Thank goodness this didn't happen (this was before search engines, by the way), but I'll hold to the opinion that Shirley Jackson is one of the most intrig...
  • Morgannah
    2011-09-08
    Who doesn't love a classic supernatural horror story, especially one which has been acclaimed by Stephen King as the blueprint for the modern “spooky story”? The tale begins with the rational-minded Dr Montague, who is sufficiently taken with the legend surrounding Hill House, to invite a few other people to stay with him in the house to “test his theory” that the unexplained goings-on can all be explained with science and reason.There is...