The Haunting of Hill House

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What to expect

Past the rusted gates and untrimmed hedges, Hill House broods and waits.

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own.

This classic horror novel has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror.

Critics Review

  • The Haunting of Hill House is a highly engaging and suspenseful ghost story, that is, like all good ghost stories, an anatomy of its characters. Jackson’s “hauntedness” is in her troubled protagonist, not in the actual house—there is a possiblity that a toxic individual is a contagion to others and to herself.”

    Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Makes your blood chill and your scalp prickle…Shirley Jackson is the master of the haunted tale.” 

    New York Times Book Review
  • “A goose-pimple horror story, and a good one.”

    New York Herald Tribune
  • “Bernadette Dunne’s performance of Jackson’s novel is so eerily superb that she breathes new life into the 1959 ghost story…Dunne’s creepy husky voice is, at the same time, quaint and quavering as the timid Eleanor…Soon we’re swept away by Eleanor’s rising hysteria, delivered breathlessly by Dunne, as Hill House’s forces make their presence known. Dunne’s voicings of Eleanor’s inner monologues are fully credible as she becomes unnerved by emotional torment, mounting despair, and hatred—all invoked by the ghastly gothic structure at the top of the hill. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

  • “The story is great, scary, and wonderful, but the book also elicits such great questions about the powers of suggestion and the myth of the delicate female…I love that it is steeped in gothic terror, and without veering into grotesque horror, it chilled me to the bone. I didn’t think I’d enjoy a classic ghost haunting story quite so much, but this book knocked me out and has sent me on a Shirley Jackson kick.”

    Tessa Fontaine, author of The Electric Woman

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