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The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House


Book Overview: The Haunting of Hill House

The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre. 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.

Filmmaker and longtime horror literature fan Guillermo del Toro serves as the curator for the Penguin Horror series, a new collection of classic tales and poems by masters of the genre. Included here are some of del Toro's favorites, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Ray Russell's short story "Sardonicus," considered by Stephen King to be "perhaps the finest example of the modern Gothic ever written," to Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and stories by Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Ted Klein, and Robert E. Howard. Featuring original cover art by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, these stunningly creepy deluxe hardcovers will be perfect additions to the shelves of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal aficionados everywhere.

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Shirley Jackson, a celebrated American author, was renowned for her powerful explorations of psychological suspense and horror. Born on December 14, 1916, in San Francisco, she grew to redefine the boundaries of supernatural fiction with her keen grasp of human nature and its dark corners. Her prolific career, though relatively short, left a lasting mark on the American literary landscape and cemented her as one of the 20th century's most compelling writers. Jackson initiated her writing journey at a young age, and her talent blossomed during her formal education at Syracuse University where she embraced her unique storytelling style. As an author, she was most celebrated for her uncanny ability to blur reality and terror. Her novel "The Haunting of Hill House" masterfully showcased this, earning acclaim as one of the best ghost stories of the era. Among her other notable works are "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" and the haunting short story, "The Lottery", each demonstrating Jackson’s gift for tackling the eerie, bizarre, and uncanny with unrivalled poise and presence. Beyond her esteemed novels and short fiction, Jackson was also a skilled humorist, crafting light-hearted tales of everyday life in her semi-autobiographical series about family life, published in women's magazines and eventually compiled in "Life Among the Savages" and "Raising Demons". Despite her death on August 8, 1965, Jackson’s unique influence continues to resonate within the literary world, affirming her status as a pioneering storyteller in the realm of psychological horror.


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