The blueprint for gothic horror, Haunting of Hill House remains one of the most atmospheric and influential classics. Our story begins when an occult scholar gathers a peculiar group of individuals to a supposed haunted house in search for definitive proof of the supernatural. Provoking a sense of dread and claustrophobia, the reader is trapped both in the mind of our unreliable protagonist and the nightmarish house alike until the final unforgettable pages of this cyclical narrative.
The greatest haunted house story ever written, the inspiration for a 10-part Netflix series directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, and Timothy Hutton 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.
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About the Author
Shirley Jackson (1916–1965) received wide critical acclaim for her short story “The Lottery,” which was first published in the New Yorker in 1948. Her works available from Penguin Classics include We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Haunting of Hill House, Come Along with Me, Hangsaman, The Bird’s Nest, and The Sundial, as well as Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons available from Penguin. Laura Miller (Introduction), a journalist and critic living in New York, is books and culture columnist for Slate. She is a co-founder of Salon.com, where she worked for twenty years. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times Book Review, where she wrote the “Last Word.” She is the author of The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia and editor of The Salon.com Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Authors.
"[One of] the only two great novels of the supernatural in the last hundred years.” —Stephen King
"The scariest book I’ve ever read." —Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties
"The books that have profoundly scared me...are few....But Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House beat them all...It scared me as a teenager and it haunts me still."—Neil Gaiman, author of Norse Mythology