Creepy and satisfying. I loved how the author seemed to turn thoughts around and look deep inside the character's (especially Eleanor's head). I've always loved haunted house stories, but there is so much psychological about this one.
I hope you love the word planchette, because you're about to hear it 6 billion times.
This really isn't a scary story where you want to sleep with the lights on. This story is more about a woman showing psycho tendencies and how those manifest themselves in a possessed house.
The one thing that bothered me throughout the story was the way the characters made light of all of the paranormal activity in the house. The very reason they were there was to help Dr. Montague with his research, but they seemed very indifferent to the unusual activity happening during their stay.
If you want to be scared, this really isn't the book to get there. If you want to read about strange human behavior, then this might take you there.
Ever since I read The Lottery way back in middle school, I've been fascinated with Shirley Jackson. Her prose is strikingly vivid and fluid to a fault. This tale is no different. Possibly one of the best horror stories I've read, The Haunting of Hill House leaves you wondering if not only the character is imagining things, but if you, the reader, are as well. It's also worthy of noting that the many film adaptations of this book don't do it justice. It's not a jump-fright tale of terror, but more of a slow burning process that leaves you guessing even after you've put the book down.
I was really excited about this book. I usually like the classic genre, in general. But I found this kinda boring. I got around 75% of the book read, and then just no interest to finish it.
This is one of those few times where I am going to say if you are in the mood for something scary: don't read the book, watch the movie.
This book is an utterly sublime work of psychological terror. Jackson's prose, from its perfect first paragraph to its unsettling ending, keeps the reader off balance, as unsure of what is going on as the characters. It is a work of tight suspense, with an off-kilter sense of setting. This book is a classic in both the horror and gothic genres.
One of the best all-time horror novels ever written. A group of researchers goes to Hill House to determine if it's haunted. Their experiences go beyond anything any of them ever expected. Don't read at bedtime!
The Haunting of Hill House, written by Shirley Jackson, is a thrilling psychological horror that details the “vacation” to the haunted Hill House by an odd group of 6; Eleanor Vance and Theodora, two girls who are receptive to the supernatural, Dr. Montague and his wife, who are opposing experimentalists, Arthur, Mrs. Montague’s assistant, and Luke Sanderson, a future inheritor of Hill House. This group has been assembled by Dr. Montague in order to run a few tests on Hill House’s paranormal occurrences, and what they discover goes beyond explanation. Jackson manipulated suspense and the heavy character description of Eleanor Vance to drive the plot forward, and wrote an incredible horror that intrigues the human brain’s senses of both real physical horror, and the psychological. While studying the house under Dr. Montague’s surveillance, the trip progresses and as activity begins to escalate, everyone in the house starts to question just what exactly is going on. What underlying factor could be causing these strange events to take place? Personally, I love suspenseful books that keep the reader on-edge, and The Haunting of Hill House definitely succeeded in that aspect. I do not believe Jackson wrote this with a particular audience in mind, but anyone, specifically younger generations, who enjoys feeling of anticipation of what comes next, will also appreciate this novel.
Maybe it's because I mostly read this book while I was struggling with a major bout of insomnia and staying up well past midnight, but this book seriously creeped me out. A classic in the genre, this psychological thriller will keep you guessing as to whether the house is truly haunted or if sweet Nell is plain ol' crazy. Great for the fall!
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