The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House

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The story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly place 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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780143039983
9780143122357
0143122355
Branch Call Number: FICTION JACKSON 2013
Characteristics: 235 pages ; 22 cm

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When whatever walks there, walks alone...

A young woman who longs to belong and have a home of her own, joins a group studying a haunted house. Hard to sleep if you read it too close to bedtime. Shirley Jackson is a master. (Gail's pick)

terrifying haunted mansion story, easily one of the scariest you will ever read.

The queen of subtle horror, Shirley Jackson weaves an amazing tale of four people caught in what may or may not be a haunted house.


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WhidbeyIslander
Oct 25, 2018

Some people find this too subtle as a horror book, but it leaves a lot to your imagination and can be very effective, and scary. The Netflix series with the same title really has very little in common with the book: the series uses character names from the book, and a few of the supernatural elements, and is okay on its own, but is not an adaption of the book.

IndyPL_DarleneF Oct 23, 2018

One of the best gothic horror books of all time. Creepy and suspenseful.

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SusyHendrix
Sep 05, 2018

A creepy thriller and a great psychological portrait of a lonely woman. I came to this after seeing the 1963 movie adaptation. Both are marvelous!

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zpare
Jun 20, 2018

This is a definitely creepy story. I wouldn't it consider it really scary however it was a good read!

Creepy and satisfying. I loved how the author seemed to turn thoughts around and look deep inside the character's (especially Eleanor's head). I've always loved haunted house stories, but there is so much psychological about this one.

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gobula
Oct 02, 2017

I hope you love the word planchette, because you're about to hear it 6 billion times.

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Alpha_zzz
Apr 05, 2017

This really isn't a scary story where you want to sleep with the lights on. This story is more about a woman showing psycho tendencies and how those manifest themselves in a possessed house.

The one thing that bothered me throughout the story was the way the characters made light of all of the paranormal activity in the house. The very reason they were there was to help Dr. Montague with his research, but they seemed very indifferent to the unusual activity happening during their stay.

If you want to be scared, this really isn't the book to get there. If you want to read about strange human behavior, then this might take you there.

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lizbachelder
Dec 20, 2016

I was really excited about this book. I usually like the classic genre, in general. But I found this kinda boring. I got around 75% of the book read, and then just no interest to finish it.

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PinesandPrejudice
Nov 02, 2016

This is one of those few times where I am going to say if you are in the mood for something scary: don't read the book, watch the movie.

SaraLovesBooks Oct 12, 2016

This book is an utterly sublime work of psychological terror. Jackson's prose, from its perfect first paragraph to its unsettling ending, keeps the reader off balance, as unsure of what is going on as the characters. It is a work of tight suspense, with an off-kilter sense of setting. This book is a classic in both the horror and gothic genres.

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Jan 04, 2017

lizbachelder thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 99

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