The Haunting of Hill House (Movie Tie-In)

The Haunting of Hill House (Movie Tie-In)

by Shirley Jackson

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ISBN-13: 9780143134190
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Edition description: Media Tie
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 28,678
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco on December 14, 1916. She first received wide critical acclaim for “The Lottery,” which was published in The New Yorker in 1948 and went on to become one of the most anthologized stories in American literature. She is the author of six novels, including The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle; four collections of short stories and essays, including Just an Ordinary Day; and two family memoirs, Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons. For many years she lived in North Bennington, Vermont, with her husband, the renowned literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, and their four children. She died on August 8, 1965.

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The Haunting of Hill House 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 131 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a wonderful book, but much of it is very subtle. I found myself feeling sorry for the main character (Eleanor), rather than frightened for her. Her story is a very sad one, and often, it was her character that kept me interested, not the plot itself. The ending leaves many questions about the character of Eleanor and the events at Hill House, but they are questions that are better left unanswered. I was also surprised at the amount of humor in the book. Much of the dialogue between characters was actually funny and it was refreshing amongst the dark nature of the story itself. I came across The Haunting of Hill House after reading Richard Matheson's Hell House, which has a very similar plot (even a similar name). However, Matheson's novel is much more graphic and overall more frightening, I would say. Although I did not find The Haunting of Hill House especially scary, its characters drew me in and made for a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like this book and have never seen the original movie from the sixties, you are in for a treat. It is played on AMC and TCM periodically, and it is nothing and I do mean NOTHING like the remake with Catherine Zeta Jones. That was an abomination. The original movie is very true to the book. Just creepy from beginning to end. The book, however, remains the gold standard in the genre in my opinion. If you read only one ghost story in your lifetime, let this be the one. No gore, no blood, no need for it. Boo!
smp315 More than 1 year ago
I read this as a teenager after reading Ms. Jackson's classic short story, "The Lottery"(which I loved) in the seventh grade. It is superbly written, but one must remember from a more subtle era. We have become accustomed to a more "in your face" type of fright today. It's good to go back every once in a while and read literature that spawned interest in a genre. For an updated, fresh story about a haunted house I suggest "The Supernaturals" by NY Times bestselling author David Golemon (Event Group Series). A Ghosthuners type TV show plans a live broadcast on Halloween night from a house with an evil past. It's clever, well-paced, creepy and even pays homage to this wonderful tale.
Victoria Sazani More than 1 year ago
This book is a perfect ghost story. Jackson had the ability to create fear just by the way her characters and environment interact. Subtle horror permeates even the most mundane moments. I have never yet been able to find a more perfect first paragraph for a book about a haunted house. This story is flawless which is why this book has served as a template for so many other books and movies. Classy
angelosdaughter More than 1 year ago
I love this book and reread it at least once year. The terror is understated and leaves a lot to the imagination, which makes it even more effective. Ir ia left up to your imagination what is behind the manifestations at Hill House. Is the house evil or are the manifestations caused by one or more of the participants? The chilling atmosphere is relieved by the arrival of Mrs. Montague and Arthur, a headmaster and friend of the Montagues. The busybody know it all self-styled sensitive Mrs. Montague with her ouija board and the headmaster, Arthur, are only two people who seem to be immune to sensing the presences in the house and provide comic relief. This is the quintessential ghost story and a great read. The old black and white movie starring Julie Harris and Clare Bloom is wonderful; its only flaw was the omission of Arthur and the reduction of the character of Mrs. Montague to little more than a walk-on. I have seen a play based on the book; it has the same flaw. As someone else stated, the remake with Catherine Zeta-Jones is an abomination, sharing little but the title with the book. The only thing that can be said for it is that it did have some impressive special effects, none of which was based on events in the book.
Anonymous 11 months ago
If you have never read this book DO NOT read the introduction. It gives the ending away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shirley Jackson did an excellent job with this psychological thriller, however if it wasn’t a classic, I don’t think I would have kept reading. As with a majority of the books from this time, the reading can be dry, but it is a short read, so I figured why not? The story of Hill House and its companions is a different kind of thriller and was entrancing in its own right. I recommend reading it for the experience, but have no desire to reread it myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like to imagine-really imagine-while you read, this is a great book for it. You can almost hear the sounds, see the scenes, almost draw the floor plan of the Hill House. In some passages, you can also experience a chill sensation in your back. Its 100% terror. Smart terror.
Anonymous 27 days ago
wonderful book!! take 5$ from
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved it. Wish it were longer.
Bookworm1951 12 months ago
I simply didn't like it. Found it boring and it dragged on and on. The characters were uninteresting and weak. I know that this is supposed to be a classic but it just didn't live up to the hype for me. I had to force myself to finish it. It's supposed to be a suspenseful, psychological thriller - I didn't think so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good quick horror read that pulls you in fast and delivers on all fronts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have heard of this book for forever and am an avid reader of everything. I have seen the movie and was surprised at the liberties they took with that after reading the book. I have to say im not surprised that they had to do that after finding how scary this book is NOT, in any way. Even as a "psychological" thriller. I thought it was just a sad story about Eleanor. There is so much left out of the story, that it doesn't even make much sense. I was very disapponted because i had heard so much about it and all the "scary book" lists have it on and it is far from it. If you want to read scary, read "IT" or "Salem's Lot". I am not scared easily, but i had to put these books down at times because i got so freaked out! To each their own, i guess, when it comes to this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago after seeing the original black and white film "The Haunting". The horror is subtle which is so much better than graphic gore. I highly recommend this book as well as the original movie. Prepare to be scared. This is horror at its purest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I disagree with the lengthy review of my dear daughter, Julie. This is the scariest book I have ever read, and I, too, have read my fair share of horror stories. I first read it when I was about 15 and made sure I was not alone in the house when I did. I have read it about a dozen times since and still only read it when my husband is home. Trust me, if my daughter woke in the dead of night , alone in her bed, to what sounded like a sledgehammer banging on her door or found all of her clothes inexplicably covered in blood, she would experience much more than goosebumps. Especially if she were alone in a house far from town in the night where no one could here her because no one would come any closer. "Whatever walks there walks alone."
Nightmare_Lord More than 1 year ago
mgoodrich718 More than 1 year ago
The Haunting Of Hill House By Shirley Jackson<br /> <br /> 4 Stars<br /> <br /> The Haunting Of Hill House is a classic horror story. The story begins with Dr. Montague who is a scholar of the occult wanting to have final evidence of a true haunting. He gathers information looking for the perfect people to help him. He rents Hill House for the summer. A house with a tragic past that the town it sits in won't even discuss. The house sits all alone and began it's life tragically when 80 years prior Hugh Crain built the house for his wife who died moments before even reaching it. The tragedies continue from there and no one that has lived there has for very long. Dr.Montague invites his assistant Theodora, Luke the future heir of the house and Eleanor a complicated young women who has had experience with the occult to stay with him. The story moves quickly and many things happen to it's guests. The house is powerful and it's goal is to keep it's inhabitants off kilter at all times. It builds power and takes what it wants for it's own.<br /> <br /> This was a genuinely creepy story. It's one that you really should read sitting in the dark of night. The subtlety of the horror is what I loved most. Horror novels usually do not phase me but this one did. If it touches me and gives me pause then it is definitely good. The characters all had their flaws that were exposed while there. The doctor does not know what he has really done until it's too late. I am glad that I finally picked this up and it will be with me for a long while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
expected scary and creepy. did not expect creep factor of one woman's mind. boring self centered characters. where are the genuinely scary parts?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so-so. I bought it because it's a classic and I've always wanted to read it. Guess I expected too much.
Ophelia52 More than 1 year ago
If your sensibilities have been shaped by video, you will probably not like this. If you are sensitive to nuances of language and atmosphere and skilled at turning text into a waking dream, this will chill you to the bone.
breid6925 More than 1 year ago
I had heard great things about this book for a few months now. I decided to go get it from the library. I was kink of disappointed. If you can get through the first 60 pages or so it becomes more interesting. I just really did not like how the characters talked. It really got on my nerves. I was determined to finish the book though...and did. It is an enjoyable story and I can see why so many people like it so much. For me, I just could not get over being annoyed for how they characters talked to each other.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Much better than the netflix movie
bwilhoite 15 days ago
This book is hard for me to rate and review. It was just ok for me but at times I didn't like it then I did. It took me a long time to get into and it felt like it took a long time for the main story of Hill House to start. It was spooky for me but not scary and only a couple parts. Maybe I'm a little disappointed because I already started watching the Netflix series and THAT scares me. There were parts of the show that confused me but after reading the book I'm like "Ok, I see what they did there." But there were parts of the book that didn't get explained and confused me. All in all it was ok and I don't regret reading it. I'm glad I borrowed it from my library.
KTPrymus on LibraryThing 3 months ago
From a certain perspective Shirley Jackson¿s novel is probably the most influential work on the pop culture perceptions of haunted houses one could imagine. The notion of a house with a long and sordid history that is inhabited for a time by a group of paranormal researchers intent on finding proof of preternatural phenomenon is almost clichéd. However, just as one may be tempted to find the ¿bullet-time¿ effects of The Matrix unoriginal and overused, you have to approach this novel with the understanding that most of the psychology and scare tactics used in the book were excitingly original at the time. Ideally one should read this book having never been exposed to its often superior derivatives to truly appreciate it.The novel focuses exclusively on the character of Eleanor, an unmarried, 30-something woman whose mother¿s recent death released her from her role as primary care-giver. Lacking in the way of social skills Eleanor agrees to accompany a trio of researchers to Hill House, a mansion just as creepy as any in cinema or literature. While there is the potential for a lot of psychological exploration of the character, and indeed quite a bit is done, it feels like there could have been more. Her reaction to the events in Hill House are made interesting because of the level of detail that Jackson gives her (to the detriment of the other characters) and the book may have been better had we at least learned more about her past and the rather underdeveloped relationship with her sister. (As a side note the 1999 adaptation of the book, The Haunting, goes more into Eleanor¿s back story who is played beautifully by Lily Taylor.)I would recommend this book for fans of the genre interested in learning more about where haunted house stories began. Otherwise however it will probably be overshadowed by more contemporary works.
mccin68 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
loved the suspense and suspicion that builds during the story but the ending was too abrupt for me.