October Read: The Haunting of Hill House

by Kaley Ingenito

Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is, in a word, unsettling.

hauntingofhillhouseIt’s the story of a very old house (on, you guessed it- a hill) and the motley crew who decides to investigate the odd happenings that are rumored to go on there.

Our story begins with Dr. John Montague, who has a fascination with the paranormal, assembling a team of people who have proven themselves to be more or less perceptive to the supernatural. They arrive at the house and almost immediately discover the oddities of the house, as Ms. Jackson leads her readers through a careful exploration of the fine line between terror and horror.

When a book is excellent most people say they cant put it down. Well, I HAD to put this one down- I could only read it in small increments because I was frankly terrified.
Definitely worth a read this Halloween season. Maybe just leave the lights on.

One thought on “October Read: The Haunting of Hill House

  1. Ellen says:

    I remember this so clearly. Many years ago, one spring day when I was fifteen years of age, one of my best friends in the world recommended that I read The Haunting of Hill House. 😱
    Shall we just say that I was terrified to put it down? I began reading one evening, and that bedtime-reading turned into an all-night reading session. It was the first night of my young life that I had purposely stayed up all night. I was reading, eyes wide, until at least four AM, every light in my room burning. Subtly, quietly, terrified. 👀
    “… and whatever walked there, walked alone.”
    Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House


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