The Haunting of Hill House - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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THE INSPIRATION FOR THE NEW NETFLIX SERIES DEBUTING THIS HALLOWE'EN

The best-known of Shirley Jackson's novels and a major inspiration for writers like Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, The Haunting of Hill House is a chilling story of the power of fear.

'Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written' Donna Tartt, author of The Goldfinch and The Secret History

Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his lovely assistant; Luke, the future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers - and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. Twice filmed as The Haunting, and the inspiration for a new 10-part Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House is a powerful work of slow-burning psychological horror.

Shirley Jackson was born in California in 1916. When her short story The Lottery was first published in the New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the most iconic American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five more: Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. Shirley Jackson died in her sleep at the age of 48.

If you enjoyed The Haunting of Hill House, you might like Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'An amazing writer ... If you haven't read her you have missed out on something marvellous' Neil Gaiman

'As nearly perfect a haunted-house tale as I have ever read' Stephen King

'The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable' A. M. Homes

'Shirley Jackson is one of those highly idiosyncratic, inimitable writers...whose work exerts an enduring spell' Joyce Carol Oates

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241389690
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 191 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm
Edition: Media tie-in


MEDIA REVIEWS
As nearly perfect a haunted-house tale as I have ever read ... Stepping into Hill House is like stepping into the mind of a madman; it isn't long before you weird yourself out -- Stephen King
No one can touch her -- Donna Tartt
An amazing writer -- Neil Gaiman
Not only the best haunted-house story ever written, but also a quiet subversion of the ingenue trope in horror fiction -- Joanne Harris
The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable ... She is a true master -- A. M. Homes
The quintessential haunted-house story ... A masterpiece of edgy tension and creeping terror * Independent *
A novel which at one stroke puts her unquestionably among the great masters of the genre . . . as spine-chilling as anything Edgar Allan Poe dreamed up * Daily Telegraph *

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“An intelligent ghost story”

A brilliant ghost story and one of the best I've ever read. Scary and unsettling, it feels like you are right there in the room with them willing the door not to open! It has a subtle, psychological edge to it... More

Paperback edition
21st March 2012
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“A worthy ‘classic’”

This is a genuinely scary ghost story in which the terror is psychological rather than visceral. The premise is simple but brilliant, four disparate characters and an eerie house which becomes the fifth terrifying... More

Paperback edition
5th March 2017
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“The Haunting of Hill House”

A slow building psychological horror, this book tells of the events at Hill House when four strangers meet to try and gather evidence of haunting at the house but in doing so one of their number becomes more attached... More

Paperback edition
27th July 2011
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