Tuesday ~ The Haunting of Hill House

I first became aware of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson when I was about ten and saw the movie (the original 1963 version, not the remake which is total crap.) This is, in my opinion, the best of the best when one is talking about ghost stories and haunted houses. A true classic.

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.

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 of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

Hill House has an impressive list of tragedies connected with it, but then, most old houses have. People have to live and die somewhere, after all, and a house can hardly stand for eighty years without seeing some of its inhabitants dies within its walls.

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  1. Perfect book for October!
    Am not a fan of horror book though I've read this one... bit freaky but predictable & rather unsatisfying ending, for me.

  2. Great choice for your reading this week! I really enjoyed this book... wish I'd had that edition though. Love the cover!

  3. I am curious about this book, but it is probably too spooky/frightening for me. lol.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE LAST GOOD GIRL”

  4. I've seen the original film, but never read the book.

  5. Even though I don't read scary/spooky books, I like the opening a lot. It feels as if the house is waiting... holding its breath. It's fun to read books where the setting is a character, and that sounds like the case with this one.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

    1. The house is very much a character in the book.

  6. An author I really need to read more of. I have only read one of her short stories. So a yes from me for carrying on reading.