The Haunting

The Haunting

Large Print - 2002
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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... The motion picture The Haunting stars Liam Neeson, Lili Taylor, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Owen Wilson and is directed by Jan DeBont.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2002.
ISBN: 9780786243778
Characteristics: 325 p. (large print) ; 22 cm.


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BookishBrooke Sep 26, 2019

I’m a big fan of the show on Netflix, but apparently the show didn’t follow the original book too closely. In the book, Dr. John Montague, an anthropologist and ghost hunter, invites three strangers to stay with him at Hill House to investigate the haunting. This is a classic haunted house tale.

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suzkath Oct 31, 2018

The original version is quite a bit different from the Netflix series, but this classic horror tale stands up to the test of time.

Still considered one of the best haunted house stories to date. The novel deals with supernatural possession with an undertone of female sexuality.

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Dec 29, 2020

Adapted for the stage and film, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson just keeps on giving. This is the book that defined an entire genre.

Oct 20, 2020

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is the perfect spooky October book for those looking for a quick and captivating read. Following a group of adults who spend a little over a week at the infamous Hill House, Shirley Jackson’s novel introduces us to a house plagued by its history, death, and the impact it leaves on the visitors we become so familiar with. What I liked best about this book is that it was descriptive in the horror aspect, yet not too scary that I couldn't sleep after reading! Shirley Jackson’s novel inspired a chilling Netflix series of the same name, which I personally couldn’t continue watching due to the fear I felt after the first episode. The Haunting of Hill House novel was quite the opposite; scary enough to keep you interested and engaged, but not enough to really petrify you. The Haunting of Hill House is perfect for anyone too scared to see the horror, but all well in reading it! 5/5 stars, coming from someone who usually does not like horror!
@readingmouse of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

RyanR_KCMO Oct 13, 2020

Shirley Jackson excellently executes a character-driven narrative hidden behind a supernatural frame. Jackson does such a good job of misplacing your focus and getting your guard down while at the same time painting such a beautiful scene. It is easy to lose yourself in this tale. This was a perfect October read.

Jul 10, 2020

I've found this novel charming, hilarious, scary and addictive. The conversations are so clever. It's a book I feel immersed in like I'm watching more than reading. Also very short and satisfying I feel like I'm going to need some more Shirley Jackson sooner than later

Jun 23, 2020

The novel by Shirley Jackson that was adapted to the stage by F. Andrew Leslie. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is a spooky tale. The star of this story is a house with a sordid past. When a young woman (Eleanor) who's "sensitive" where psychic matters are concerned takes up residence as part of an investigation into strange occurrences at the residence, the old place just gets stranger. By novel's end, she's showing symptoms of bi-polarity.

May 31, 2020

Nice to read the book that's said to have influenced so many psychological novels to follow. Might still stand the test of time too. By the end of the story, not sure if protagonist was possessed by the house, or driven insane by it.

May 12, 2020

First, let me say this: this book, like its author, is highly misunderstood and underappreciated. Many critics and scholars acclaim this book as the greatest horror novel of all time (I disagree; I think The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is the greatest); because of this, readers pick of this book expecting shrieking ghouls and bloody gore with green slime running down the walls. None of that is in this book, so the hopes of readers with these expectations are dashed and they call this book stupid and boring (yes, I'm looking at those of you who gave this book 1 star reviews); this is just simply not true and exposes their ignorance. This novel is a masterclass in psychological horror as Eleanor descends into madness and Hill House's malevolent awareness absorbs her. There is no greater terror than our own minds, and that is why psychological horror is so much more intense. This book is in many ways similar to Henry James's Turning of the Screw, which is also psychological horror with an unreliable narrator and ambiguity that leaves readers asking if there were really any ghosts after all.

Jan 25, 2020


Dec 21, 2019

Very atmospheric and lots of ghost activity.

Dec 03, 2019

I'm a bit disappointed, I wanted tension to start building and this didn't deliver for me. Except for the scaaary questions of which way the main characters swing. Are they gay or just good friends? OoOOOooOOOoh, scary! That's sarcasm. I don't care who likes who, I just want some scares that make me think about the nature of fear and humanity. That's all.

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Dec 29, 2020

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson takes place in a house with a sordid past. When a young woman (Eleanor) who's "sensitive" where psychic matters are concerned takes up residence as part of an investigation into strange occurrences at the residence, the old place just gets stranger, until by the end she's exhibiting symptoms of bi-polarity.

Jun 23, 2020

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is a spooky story. Set in an old mansion with a sketchy past, its residence experience strange occurrences of the paranormal. By stories end, our characters are left without their wits, still seeking explanations, as the reader will be too. HILL HOUSE was one of the earliest psychological novels published, setting the stage for a new genre: the thriller.


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Dec 29, 2020

More brandy, anyone? My passion for spirits -"
-Luke, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, by Shirley Jackson

Jun 23, 2020

HILL HOUSE was one of the earliest psychological novels published, setting the stage for a new genre: the thriller.

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Jan 04, 2017

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