Book: The Haunting of Hill House
Author: Shirley Jackson
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1959 (first publication)
Number of Pages: 182
Series: Stand Alone
Reason for Discovery: Read the short Story The Lottery in class and I wanted more.
According to GoodReads:
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.
Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is considered one of the best haunted house stories ever written. According to Wikipedia, "Stephen King...lists The Haunting of Hill House as one of the finest horror novels of the late 20th century...According to the Wall Street Journal, the book is "now widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written." In his review column for F&SF, Damon Knight selected the novel as one of the 10 best genre books of 1959...". Now that I hopefully have provided enough opinions to show that The Haunting of Hill House is a story to be reckoned with, let's talk about what makes this book so awesome.
In this story, Dr. John Montague invites three people to stay with him in a haunted house for the summer: Theo who is a telepath, Eleanor who experienced a paranormal event as a child, and Luke who is the future heir of Hill House. The book is written through the eyes of Eleanor. Dr. Montague wants to gain evidence of paranormal activity. He chose Hill House, because it has a sad history. This house's history is not surprising. Shirley Jackson describes the house as "...