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The Haunting of Hill House
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The Haunting of Hill House (Paperback)

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The best-known of Shirley Jackson's novels and a major inspiration for writers like Neil Gaiman and Stephen King as well as the hit Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House is a chilling story of the power of fear



'Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written' Donna Tartt



Alone in the world, Eleanor is delighted to take up Dr Montague's invitation to spend a summer in the mysterious Hill House. Joining them are Theodora, an artistic 'sensitive', and Luke, heir to the house. But what begins as a light-hearted experiment is swiftly proven to be a trip into their darkest nightmares, and an investigation that one of their number may not survive. Twice filmed as The Haunting, and the inspiration for a 10-part Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House is a powerful work of slow-burning psychological horror.



'An amazing writer ... If you haven't read her you have missed out on something marvellous' Neil Gaiman



'As nearly perfect a haunted-house tale as I have ever read' Stephen King



'The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable' A. M. Homes



'Shirley Jackson is one of those highly idiosyncratic, inimitable writers...whose work exerts an enduring spell' Joyce Carol Oates

Fiction & PoetryHorrorFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 01/10/2009 ISBN-13: 9780141191447  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Shirley Jackson was born in California in 1916. When her short story The Lottery was first published in the New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the most iconic American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. In addition to her dark, brilliant novels, she wrote lightly fictionalized magazine pieces about family life with her four children and her husband, the critic Stanley Edgar Hyman. Shirley Jackson died in 1965.

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A novel very popular in its day, but one that is less well known to the general reader than it deserves to be. Four characters arrive at the rambling, unkempt, threatening Hill House: Dr Montague is a scholar of the occult, looking for evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his light-hearted assistant; Luke, adventurous and curious, who is due to inherit the estate; and Eleanor, a solitary and fragile young woman with secrets in her past. Immediately, they are beset with inexplicable, chilling occurrences, beyond their control and imagination and experience. Hill House itself appears to be alive and gathering strength, waiting to claim one of them as its own. Chilling, Stephen King described it as one of the finest horror novels of the late 20th century.

Kate Mosse - 08/09/2014

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