Author: Jackson Shirley
Brand: Penguin Classics
- Penguin Books
Format: Deckle Edge
Package Dimensions: 20x211x340
Number Of Pages: 272
Release Date: 27-09-2016
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The greatest haunted house story ever written, the inspiration for a 10-part Netflix series directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, and Timothy Hutton
First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s
The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is 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.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
“[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
About the Author
Shirley Jackson (1916–1965) received wide critical acclaim for her short story “The Lottery,” which was first published in the
New Yorker in 1948. Her works available from Penguin Classics include
We Have Always Lived in the Castle,
The Haunting of Hill House,
Come Along with Me,
The Bird’s Nest, and
The Sundial, as well as
Life Among the Savages and
Raising Demons available from Penguin.
Laura Miller (Introduction), a journalist and critic living in New York, is books and culture columnist for
Slate. She is a co-founder of Salon.com, where she worked for twenty years. Her work has appeared in the
Guardian, and the
New York Times Book Review, where she wrote the “Last Word.” She is the author of
The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia and editor of
The Salon.com Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Authors.
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I No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone. Dr. John Montague was a doctor of philosophy; he had taken his degree in anthropology, feeling obscurely that in this field he might come closest to his true vocation, the analysis of supernatural manifestations. He was scrupulous about the use of his title because, his investigations being so utterly unscientific, he hoped to borrow an air of respectability, even scholarly authority, from his education. It had cost him a good deal, in money and pride, since he was not a begging man, to rent Hill House for three months, but he expected absolutely to be compensated for his pains by the sensation following upon the publication of his definitive work on the causes and effects of psychic disturbances in a house commonly known as “haunted.” He had been looki