Weird & Wonderful Book Club: "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson
Our monthly celebration of the weird - be it science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, magical realism, or any genre otherwise strange.
This month's book club pick is The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. 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, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers--and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
"[One of] the only two great novels of the supernatural in the last hundred years." --Stephen King
"The scariest book I've ever read." --Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties
"The books that have profoundly scared me...are few....But Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House beat them all...It scared me as a teenager and it haunts me still."--Neil Gaiman, author of Norse Mythology
Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) received wide critical acclaim for her short story "The Lottery," which was first published in the New Yorker in 1948, and wrote several books, including Hangsaman, Life Among the Savages, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle.
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