Like all good ghost stories, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House sets a trap for its protagonist. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Hill House has two caretakers, Mr. and Mrs. Dudley, who refuse to stay near the house at night. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 15, 2017. The Haunting of Hill House Was the 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, horror's first Big Brother House? Not even remotely scary. The first edition of the novel was published in 1959, and was written by Shirley Jackson. Because he thought of himself as careful and conscientious, he spent considerable time looking for his assistants. It had cost him a good deal, in money and pride, since he was not a begging man, to rent Hill House for three months, but he expected absolutely to be compensated for his pains by the sensation following upon the publication of his definitive work on the causes and effects of psychic disturbances in a house commonly known as “haunted.” He had been looking for an honestly haunted house all his life. 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. How is that even possible? […] The horror inherent in the novel does not lie in Hill House (monstrous though it is) or the events that take place within it, but in the unexplored recesses of its characters' – and its readers' – minds. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 182 pages and is available in Paperback format. I read this after watching the movie and series because I read that this is supposedly one of the best scary novels out there. For reasons which pass understanding, I had never read this book before now. The Haunting of Hill House totally got into my head to the degree that it found it's way into my dreams. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. To his dozen letters, Dr. Montague had four replies, the other eight or so candidates having presumably moved and left no forwarding address, or possibly having lost interest in the supernormal, or even, perhaps, never having existed at all. He was scrupulous about the use of his title because, his investigations being so utterly unscientific, he hoped to borrow an air of respectability, even scholarly authority, from his education. But on to the story. Excited by the prospect of creating her own haunted house and the characters to explore it, she launched into research. Actually the 1960s version is more accurate to the book than the latest film version. Dr. Montague’s intentions with regard to Hill House derived from the methods of the intrepid nineteenth- century ghost hunters; he was going to go and live in Hill House and see what happened there. Anothernever came or wrote, perhaps because of some pressing personal problem which had intervened. It scared the shit out of me. The plot of The Legend of Hell House and the book on which it is based, Hell House both written by Richard Matheson, have several details in common with Jackson’s novel (and the movie adaptation The Haunting (1963 film)) in which a party of four (some psychic, some skeptical, some British, some Americans) stay in an extremely haunted Gothic mansion house with a terrible history, for the purposes of scientific study, and all are plagued by unseen terrors. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2018. When he had then crossed off the names of those who seemed to him publicity- seekers, of subnormal intelligence, or unsuitable because of a clear tendency to take the center of the stage, he had a list of perhaps a dozen names. In one episode, as Theodora and Eleanor walk outside Hill House at night, they see a ghostly family picnic that seems to be taking place in daylight. Please try again. Jackson's novel relies on terror rather than horror to elicit emotion in the reader, using complex relationships between the mysterious events in the house and the characters’ psyches. Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories (The Lottery / The Haunting of Hill House / We Have A… In fact it has twice been made into a film, I have seen both the films, I didn’t think much of them, but the book might be something else, and indeed it is. Please try again. The blunt and single-minded Mrs. Dudley is a source of some comic relief. It had cost him a good deal, in money and pride, since he was not a begging man, to rent Hill House for three months, but he expected absolutely to be compensated for his pains by the sensation following upon the publication of his definitive work on the causes and effects of psychic disturbances in a house commonly known as “haunted.” He had been looking for an honestly haunted house all his life. Nothing ever made any sense at all. Theodora screams in fear for Eleanor to run, warning her not to look back, though the book never explains what Theodora sees. From his list he first eliminated the names of people who were dead. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.