The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House

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, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woma First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terr...

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Title:The Haunting of Hill House
Author:Shirley Jackson
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:The Haunting οf Hill House
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

The Haunting of Hill House Reviews

  • Keith
    Jan 14, 2009

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Feb 11, 2016

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

  • Dan Schwent
    Aug 26, 2015

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

  • Fabian
    Oct 28, 2013

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

  • Stephen
    Mar 27, 2011

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

  • Shawn
    May 05, 2009

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Apr 11, 2018

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Nov 05, 2016

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. The Haunting of Hill House starts off as a straightforward story about a doctor and his eclectic guests moving into a haunted house for the summer, in order to record its weird happenings, but the nov...

    Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a fantastic story! Like the House of Usher, Hill House draws you into its mystery and the unfolding terror. From the outset, there is an undefinable sense of unease and dread. The first lines indicate that the house holds darkness within ...

    My mom has always said that an involuntary shudder?a shiver going up your spine, if you will?indicates someone having just walked over your grave. That cold spot you pass through when walking from the living room into the foyer? That?s not a draft of unheated air coming from upst...

    "Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood...

    2,5* / I don't know, maybe I'm too stupid to appreciate this story. I was basically bored throughout the whole book. I didn't feel anything for the characters and even the atmosphere didn't quite get to me. I liked the writing style though and Eleanor as a narrator was really inter...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL USE ALLLLLLL OF YOUR DATA. GET THEE TO A REAL ?PUTER OR AN UNLIMITED CELL PHONE PLAN BEFORE READING. My first official buddy read with the Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantsless ones . . . ...

    It still astounds me how a decades old horror story can continue to captivate and terrify a modern-day audience, more attuned to altogether grislier, bloodier, and gorier tales. The Haunting of Hill House is about exactly as the title described. And yet knowing all that is to come e...

    The plot, of The Haunting of Hill House, is about three people named, Eleanor, Theodora and Luke, who are invited to stay in a supposedly haunted house for the summer to aid a scientist, Dr. Montague, in his pursuit of paranormal investigation. The book started out as a tale about a cr...

    4.5 Stars Let me start this off by saying the tv-show (while very good) changes literally everything except some names so you can still read the book and be surprised. This is old-school, slow-build horror, especially in the way it relies on uneasy anticipation instead of ...

    This is a buddy read in a super-secret group which I will not name for the fear of a fatal accident I will have if I do name it. However I will name the people involved: Licha, Anne, Steve, Jeff, Miriam, Stepheny, Delee, Dan, Dan 2, Alissa, Tadiana, Ginger, Kristin, Christopher, and Ke...

    This book was certainly eerie, creepy, and haunting. It was elegantly written, and the characters and plot immediately sucked me in. I highly recommend this for anybody looking for a slightly spooky, easy-to-read classic. I can't wait to read more Shirley Jackson! ...

  • J.L.   Sutton
    Oct 28, 2018

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. The Haunting of Hill House starts off as a straightforward story about a doctor and his eclectic guests moving into a haunted house for the summer, in order to record its weird happenings, but the nov...

    Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a fantastic story! Like the House of Usher, Hill House draws you into its mystery and the unfolding terror. From the outset, there is an undefinable sense of unease and dread. The first lines indicate that the house holds darkness within ...

  • Jason
    Sep 19, 2012

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. The Haunting of Hill House starts off as a straightforward story about a doctor and his eclectic guests moving into a haunted house for the summer, in order to record its weird happenings, but the nov...

    Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a fantastic story! Like the House of Usher, Hill House draws you into its mystery and the unfolding terror. From the outset, there is an undefinable sense of unease and dread. The first lines indicate that the house holds darkness within ...

    My mom has always said that an involuntary shudder?a shiver going up your spine, if you will?indicates someone having just walked over your grave. That cold spot you pass through when walking from the living room into the foyer? That?s not a draft of unheated air coming from upst...

  • Julie
    Oct 04, 2018

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

  • Lyn
    Jan 07, 2012

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

  • Aoibhínn
    Apr 06, 2012

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. The Haunting of Hill House starts off as a straightforward story about a doctor and his eclectic guests moving into a haunted house for the summer, in order to record its weird happenings, but the nov...

    Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a fantastic story! Like the House of Usher, Hill House draws you into its mystery and the unfolding terror. From the outset, there is an undefinable sense of unease and dread. The first lines indicate that the house holds darkness within ...

    My mom has always said that an involuntary shudder?a shiver going up your spine, if you will?indicates someone having just walked over your grave. That cold spot you pass through when walking from the living room into the foyer? That?s not a draft of unheated air coming from upst...

    "Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood...

    2,5* / I don't know, maybe I'm too stupid to appreciate this story. I was basically bored throughout the whole book. I didn't feel anything for the characters and even the atmosphere didn't quite get to me. I liked the writing style though and Eleanor as a narrator was really inter...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL USE ALLLLLLL OF YOUR DATA. GET THEE TO A REAL ?PUTER OR AN UNLIMITED CELL PHONE PLAN BEFORE READING. My first official buddy read with the Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantsless ones . . . ...

    It still astounds me how a decades old horror story can continue to captivate and terrify a modern-day audience, more attuned to altogether grislier, bloodier, and gorier tales. The Haunting of Hill House is about exactly as the title described. And yet knowing all that is to come e...

    The plot, of The Haunting of Hill House, is about three people named, Eleanor, Theodora and Luke, who are invited to stay in a supposedly haunted house for the summer to aid a scientist, Dr. Montague, in his pursuit of paranormal investigation. The book started out as a tale about a cr...

  • Char
    Dec 29, 2011

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

  • Katie
    Sep 26, 2018

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. The Haunting of Hill House starts off as a straightforward story about a doctor and his eclectic guests moving into a haunted house for the summer, in order to record its weird happenings, but the nov...

    Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a fantastic story! Like the House of Usher, Hill House draws you into its mystery and the unfolding terror. From the outset, there is an undefinable sense of unease and dread. The first lines indicate that the house holds darkness within ...

    My mom has always said that an involuntary shudder?a shiver going up your spine, if you will?indicates someone having just walked over your grave. That cold spot you pass through when walking from the living room into the foyer? That?s not a draft of unheated air coming from upst...

    "Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood...

    2,5* / I don't know, maybe I'm too stupid to appreciate this story. I was basically bored throughout the whole book. I didn't feel anything for the characters and even the atmosphere didn't quite get to me. I liked the writing style though and Eleanor as a narrator was really inter...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL USE ALLLLLLL OF YOUR DATA. GET THEE TO A REAL ?PUTER OR AN UNLIMITED CELL PHONE PLAN BEFORE READING. My first official buddy read with the Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantsless ones . . . ...

    It still astounds me how a decades old horror story can continue to captivate and terrify a modern-day audience, more attuned to altogether grislier, bloodier, and gorier tales. The Haunting of Hill House is about exactly as the title described. And yet knowing all that is to come e...

    The plot, of The Haunting of Hill House, is about three people named, Eleanor, Theodora and Luke, who are invited to stay in a supposedly haunted house for the summer to aid a scientist, Dr. Montague, in his pursuit of paranormal investigation. The book started out as a tale about a cr...

    4.5 Stars Let me start this off by saying the tv-show (while very good) changes literally everything except some names so you can still read the book and be surprised. This is old-school, slow-build horror, especially in the way it relies on uneasy anticipation instead of ...

    This is a buddy read in a super-secret group which I will not name for the fear of a fatal accident I will have if I do name it. However I will name the people involved: Licha, Anne, Steve, Jeff, Miriam, Stepheny, Delee, Dan, Dan 2, Alissa, Tadiana, Ginger, Kristin, Christopher, and Ke...

    This book was certainly eerie, creepy, and haunting. It was elegantly written, and the characters and plot immediately sucked me in. I highly recommend this for anybody looking for a slightly spooky, easy-to-read classic. I can't wait to read more Shirley Jackson! ...

    Back when I was in college, a little film called The Haunting was released. Starring Lily Taylor, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Owen Wilson, this supernatural horror flick was essentially a modern re-imagining of Shirley Jackson's, The Haunting of Hill House. It was released in the s...

    I adored We have Always Lived in a Castle, so I have no idea why I'm so surprised I loved this. "THIS HOUSE IS VILE" will be forever ingrained in my mind. ...

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Sep 30, 2015

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

  • Evgeny
    Oct 05, 2015

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. The Haunting of Hill House starts off as a straightforward story about a doctor and his eclectic guests moving into a haunted house for the summer, in order to record its weird happenings, but the nov...

    Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a fantastic story! Like the House of Usher, Hill House draws you into its mystery and the unfolding terror. From the outset, there is an undefinable sense of unease and dread. The first lines indicate that the house holds darkness within ...

    My mom has always said that an involuntary shudder?a shiver going up your spine, if you will?indicates someone having just walked over your grave. That cold spot you pass through when walking from the living room into the foyer? That?s not a draft of unheated air coming from upst...

    "Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood...

    2,5* / I don't know, maybe I'm too stupid to appreciate this story. I was basically bored throughout the whole book. I didn't feel anything for the characters and even the atmosphere didn't quite get to me. I liked the writing style though and Eleanor as a narrator was really inter...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL USE ALLLLLLL OF YOUR DATA. GET THEE TO A REAL ?PUTER OR AN UNLIMITED CELL PHONE PLAN BEFORE READING. My first official buddy read with the Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantsless ones . . . ...

    It still astounds me how a decades old horror story can continue to captivate and terrify a modern-day audience, more attuned to altogether grislier, bloodier, and gorier tales. The Haunting of Hill House is about exactly as the title described. And yet knowing all that is to come e...

    The plot, of The Haunting of Hill House, is about three people named, Eleanor, Theodora and Luke, who are invited to stay in a supposedly haunted house for the summer to aid a scientist, Dr. Montague, in his pursuit of paranormal investigation. The book started out as a tale about a cr...

    4.5 Stars Let me start this off by saying the tv-show (while very good) changes literally everything except some names so you can still read the book and be surprised. This is old-school, slow-build horror, especially in the way it relies on uneasy anticipation instead of ...

    This is a buddy read in a super-secret group which I will not name for the fear of a fatal accident I will have if I do name it. However I will name the people involved: Licha, Anne, Steve, Jeff, Miriam, Stepheny, Delee, Dan, Dan 2, Alissa, Tadiana, Ginger, Kristin, Christopher, and Ke...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Sep 30, 2015

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. The Haunting of Hill House starts off as a straightforward story about a doctor and his eclectic guests moving into a haunted house for the summer, in order to record its weird happenings, but the nov...

    Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a fantastic story! Like the House of Usher, Hill House draws you into its mystery and the unfolding terror. From the outset, there is an undefinable sense of unease and dread. The first lines indicate that the house holds darkness within ...

    My mom has always said that an involuntary shudder?a shiver going up your spine, if you will?indicates someone having just walked over your grave. That cold spot you pass through when walking from the living room into the foyer? That?s not a draft of unheated air coming from upst...

    "Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood...

    2,5* / I don't know, maybe I'm too stupid to appreciate this story. I was basically bored throughout the whole book. I didn't feel anything for the characters and even the atmosphere didn't quite get to me. I liked the writing style though and Eleanor as a narrator was really inter...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL USE ALLLLLLL OF YOUR DATA. GET THEE TO A REAL ?PUTER OR AN UNLIMITED CELL PHONE PLAN BEFORE READING. My first official buddy read with the Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantsless ones . . . ...

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Nov 14, 2017

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

  • Bionic Jean
    Oct 26, 2014

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. The Haunting of Hill House starts off as a straightforward story about a doctor and his eclectic guests moving into a haunted house for the summer, in order to record its weird happenings, but the nov...

    Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a fantastic story! Like the House of Usher, Hill House draws you into its mystery and the unfolding terror. From the outset, there is an undefinable sense of unease and dread. The first lines indicate that the house holds darkness within ...

    My mom has always said that an involuntary shudder?a shiver going up your spine, if you will?indicates someone having just walked over your grave. That cold spot you pass through when walking from the living room into the foyer? That?s not a draft of unheated air coming from upst...

    "Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood...

  • JV (semi-hiatus)
    Oct 04, 2018

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

  • Michael
    Oct 29, 2018

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. The Haunting of Hill House starts off as a straightforward story about a doctor and his eclectic guests moving into a haunted house for the summer, in order to record its weird happenings, but the nov...

  • Luvtoread
    Jan 13, 2018

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Oct 24, 2016

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

  • Dannii Elle
    Oct 23, 2017

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. The Haunting of Hill House starts off as a straightforward story about a doctor and his eclectic guests moving into a haunted house for the summer, in order to record its weird happenings, but the nov...

    Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a fantastic story! Like the House of Usher, Hill House draws you into its mystery and the unfolding terror. From the outset, there is an undefinable sense of unease and dread. The first lines indicate that the house holds darkness within ...

    My mom has always said that an involuntary shudder?a shiver going up your spine, if you will?indicates someone having just walked over your grave. That cold spot you pass through when walking from the living room into the foyer? That?s not a draft of unheated air coming from upst...

    "Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood...

    2,5* / I don't know, maybe I'm too stupid to appreciate this story. I was basically bored throughout the whole book. I didn't feel anything for the characters and even the atmosphere didn't quite get to me. I liked the writing style though and Eleanor as a narrator was really inter...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL USE ALLLLLLL OF YOUR DATA. GET THEE TO A REAL ?PUTER OR AN UNLIMITED CELL PHONE PLAN BEFORE READING. My first official buddy read with the Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantsless ones . . . ...

    It still astounds me how a decades old horror story can continue to captivate and terrify a modern-day audience, more attuned to altogether grislier, bloodier, and gorier tales. The Haunting of Hill House is about exactly as the title described. And yet knowing all that is to come e...

  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    Oct 14, 2018

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. The Haunting of Hill House starts off as a straightforward story about a doctor and his eclectic guests moving into a haunted house for the summer, in order to record its weird happenings, but the nov...

    Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a fantastic story! Like the House of Usher, Hill House draws you into its mystery and the unfolding terror. From the outset, there is an undefinable sense of unease and dread. The first lines indicate that the house holds darkness within ...

    My mom has always said that an involuntary shudder?a shiver going up your spine, if you will?indicates someone having just walked over your grave. That cold spot you pass through when walking from the living room into the foyer? That?s not a draft of unheated air coming from upst...

    "Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood...

    2,5* / I don't know, maybe I'm too stupid to appreciate this story. I was basically bored throughout the whole book. I didn't feel anything for the characters and even the atmosphere didn't quite get to me. I liked the writing style though and Eleanor as a narrator was really inter...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL USE ALLLLLLL OF YOUR DATA. GET THEE TO A REAL ?PUTER OR AN UNLIMITED CELL PHONE PLAN BEFORE READING. My first official buddy read with the Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantsless ones . . . ...

    It still astounds me how a decades old horror story can continue to captivate and terrify a modern-day audience, more attuned to altogether grislier, bloodier, and gorier tales. The Haunting of Hill House is about exactly as the title described. And yet knowing all that is to come e...

    The plot, of The Haunting of Hill House, is about three people named, Eleanor, Theodora and Luke, who are invited to stay in a supposedly haunted house for the summer to aid a scientist, Dr. Montague, in his pursuit of paranormal investigation. The book started out as a tale about a cr...

    4.5 Stars Let me start this off by saying the tv-show (while very good) changes literally everything except some names so you can still read the book and be surprised. This is old-school, slow-build horror, especially in the way it relies on uneasy anticipation instead of ...

  • megs_bookrack
    Feb 08, 2019

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. The Haunting of Hill House starts off as a straightforward story about a doctor and his eclectic guests moving into a haunted house for the summer, in order to record its weird happenings, but the nov...

    Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a fantastic story! Like the House of Usher, Hill House draws you into its mystery and the unfolding terror. From the outset, there is an undefinable sense of unease and dread. The first lines indicate that the house holds darkness within ...

    My mom has always said that an involuntary shudder?a shiver going up your spine, if you will?indicates someone having just walked over your grave. That cold spot you pass through when walking from the living room into the foyer? That?s not a draft of unheated air coming from upst...

    "Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood...

    2,5* / I don't know, maybe I'm too stupid to appreciate this story. I was basically bored throughout the whole book. I didn't feel anything for the characters and even the atmosphere didn't quite get to me. I liked the writing style though and Eleanor as a narrator was really inter...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL USE ALLLLLLL OF YOUR DATA. GET THEE TO A REAL ?PUTER OR AN UNLIMITED CELL PHONE PLAN BEFORE READING. My first official buddy read with the Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Pantsless ones . . . ...

    It still astounds me how a decades old horror story can continue to captivate and terrify a modern-day audience, more attuned to altogether grislier, bloodier, and gorier tales. The Haunting of Hill House is about exactly as the title described. And yet knowing all that is to come e...

    The plot, of The Haunting of Hill House, is about three people named, Eleanor, Theodora and Luke, who are invited to stay in a supposedly haunted house for the summer to aid a scientist, Dr. Montague, in his pursuit of paranormal investigation. The book started out as a tale about a cr...

    4.5 Stars Let me start this off by saying the tv-show (while very good) changes literally everything except some names so you can still read the book and be surprised. This is old-school, slow-build horror, especially in the way it relies on uneasy anticipation instead of ...

    This is a buddy read in a super-secret group which I will not name for the fear of a fatal accident I will have if I do name it. However I will name the people involved: Licha, Anne, Steve, Jeff, Miriam, Stepheny, Delee, Dan, Dan 2, Alissa, Tadiana, Ginger, Kristin, Christopher, and Ke...

    This book was certainly eerie, creepy, and haunting. It was elegantly written, and the characters and plot immediately sucked me in. I highly recommend this for anybody looking for a slightly spooky, easy-to-read classic. I can't wait to read more Shirley Jackson! ...

    Back when I was in college, a little film called The Haunting was released. Starring Lily Taylor, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Owen Wilson, this supernatural horror flick was essentially a modern re-imagining of Shirley Jackson's, The Haunting of Hill House. It was released in the s...

  • Joe
    Nov 21, 2016

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

  • Michael
    Apr 29, 2017

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

  • Kayla Dawn
    Nov 21, 2018

    The Haunting of Hill House (1959) is justly revered as an exemplar of the horror genre, not only because its plot provides the template for all those haunted house tales to come, but also because its superb prose and subtle psychology transcend genre, transforming what might otherwis...

    I'm falling in love with this book all over again as I re-read it. The premise is that of a science experiment--an academic exercise to test the reality of house-haunting. I love the fact that the opening pages essentially replicate the clinical nature of the premise: here's the chief ...

    Erm. This book was lent to me with the assurance that it was one of the ten-or-so greatest horror novels of all time. So, just having finished it, I'm already forgetting having read it. The two stars it gets are because, quite literally, "it was ok" -- Jackson has an interesting wr...

    ?No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand fo...

    This book is not about fear but rather about the love of being afraid-- for the ravenous gauging of limits. Adrenaline is searched for.... neurosis & a collective paranoia ensue. & cause, naturally, follows effect. "Books are frequently very good carriers... Materializations...

    Shirley Jackson, you saucy little devil, where have you been all my life? I never knew she could spread prose like this. This is an impressive bit of work and definitely belongs among the classics of literate horror novels. Right from the first pitch, you can see that Ms Jackson?...

    I got this from the library and I can't figure out what to rate it so I had to go with a 3 for right now. Here's the thing. I loved the movies better than the book. But I did enjoy the crazy, through the rabbit hole ness of the book. It's not scary in the least. Not to me anyway. B...

    Why rehash what the 5 star reviewers say below? Why even engage the lame arguments by the people who didn't enjoy the book (weak ending? unrealistic dialogue!? not enough happens!?! Christ, people, have an imagination! - although I will say this, they don't seem to be teaching kids wha...

    Weird, weird book. But well worth the time reading it. Jackson was a masterful storyteller, using a minimalistic approach and a terse, almost journalistic narrative, she creates a mood and sense of expectancy and mystery that grips the reader slowly and completely and lasts unti...

    The Sgt Pepper and the Citizen Kane of ghost stories. ...

    Hand me my damn smelling salts. . . please. I feel like I'm recovering from the flu, finishing this read. It's been a disorienting time. . . just like a nasty run-in with influenza: headaches, sleeplessness, fever, delusions. . . no cure for you until it's over. Wow. I ta...

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. The Haunting of Hill House is a slightly spooky read that follows four strangers into the depths of a haunted house with a mind of its own. "No one knows, even, why some houses are cal...

    Upping my rating from 3.5 stars to 4.5 on reread. It?s so strange, how much better this classic 1959 haunted house tale worked for me on rereading, knowing what to expect from it. It's creepy in a subdued, elusive sort of way--not the sort of explicit horror that we're more used to n...

    October Buddy Read with the Pantsless Ones When an occult scholar recruits people to help him research the paranormal events at Hill House, will the house let any of them leave unscathed? I've heard this touted as a classic haunted house story for decades and finally decided to t...

    I finished my audio re-read today. My opinion and review below still stands. If it's possible, I loved it even more this time around. A super scary book with sentences that you want to stop and marvel over. This is an excellent haunted house story with a psychological aspect. HIGH...

    "Nothing in this house moves, until you look away, and then you just catch something from the corner of your eye." A lurid phantasmagoria of terror obscuring the facets of reality and the metaphysical. Discombobulation is an understatement even for the most astute of readers whereby m...

    What a great classic horror story! It just may be one of the best, because of the year she wrote this book truly makes it unique and a precursor of all or most of the haunted house stories to be written thereafter. The movie The Haunting old b&w based on this story is excellent a...

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. The Haunting of Hill House starts off as a straightforward story about a doctor and his eclectic guests moving into a haunted house for the summer, in order to record its weird happenings, but the nov...

    Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House is a fantastic story! Like the House of Usher, Hill House draws you into its mystery and the unfolding terror. From the outset, there is an undefinable sense of unease and dread. The first lines indicate that the house holds darkness within ...

    My mom has always said that an involuntary shudder?a shiver going up your spine, if you will?indicates someone having just walked over your grave. That cold spot you pass through when walking from the living room into the foyer? That?s not a draft of unheated air coming from upst...

    "Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood...

    2,5* / I don't know, maybe I'm too stupid to appreciate this story. I was basically bored throughout the whole book. I didn't feel anything for the characters and even the atmosphere didn't quite get to me. I liked the writing style though and Eleanor as a narrator was really inter...