The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House

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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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780143039983
Characteristics: xxii, 182 p. ; 20 cm.


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KHCPL_Wagner Oct 15, 2019

This classic horror novel features a haunted house.

LoganLib_Phoebe Oct 13, 2019

A slow burn spooky novel that centres on Hill House, a very strange house indeed with a history and a way of changing people. Eleanor, a vulnerable young woman without a place in the world, agrees to participate in Dr Montague's experiment of living in the house and recording anything unusual. She is joined by artistic sensitive Theo and heir to the house Luke and the doctor himself. But will they all survive their ordeal?

Sep 13, 2019

A more subtle horror story than what I was expecting. I was interested in this book because of the Neflix series, but the series really only used the setting and names from the source material. The story mingled mental illness and paranormal activity. I thought there weren't many scary parts, and a lot of the book focused on Nellie and her insecurities. I would have preferred if the narrative was more descriptive of their search for ghosts.

Aug 28, 2019

The Haunting of Hill House is one of the best haunted house stories I have ever read. It is about a man called Dr. Montague, who recruits Luke, Theodora, and Eleanor to stay at Hill House with him to collect evidence that Hill House is haunted, and it is the perfect blend of horror and psychological thriller. This book is able to scare without even describing any ghosts or figures, but just through implication. This book ends with a twist you do not see coming and will keep you thinking for days after, which is what makes it so creepy. I would recommend this book to anyone who watched the Netflix series or one of the movie adaptations and I give it a rating of 10/10. @bookaholic of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

SCL_Jenny Jul 27, 2019

If you liked the Netflix series, this is definitely worth reading! It is vastly different from the series, but it is interesting to have watched the series after reading the book and seeing where elements appear and are changed in the series.

May 29, 2019


Apr 09, 2019

Hauntingly great. A must read for those who love the horror genre. Spookiness with suspense awaiting for you at each turn of page.

ArapahoeSusanW Apr 04, 2019

This rating would be higher had I NOT watched (and loved) the Netflix series. This is one of those rare instances where the screen adaptation is vastly superior to the book. Unfortunately, this iconic horror novel suffers in comparison.The book is old school horror, dark and foreboding vs. gory and violent. The suspense builds nicely and it's mostly a psychological thriller.
The end was kind of a let down, and it's a real disappointment after the series but still worth a read.

LPL_KatieF Mar 03, 2019

2019 Book Squad Reading Goals - Ghost story

Feb 21, 2019

Netflix adapted this book for tv series and it's streaming right now.

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