The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House

By Shirley Jackson

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 is an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a haunting with Theodora, his lighthearted assistant. Eleanor is a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists. Luke is 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 will choose one of them to make its own.

About the Author

Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1916 and began writing poetry and short stories as a teenager. She entered Syracuse University in 1937, where she published her first story Janice. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in 1948. That same year The New Yorker published Jackson’s iconic story, The Lottery, which generated the largest volume of mail ever received by the magazine—before or since. In 1959, her best known novel, The Haunting of Hill House was published. Jackson died in 1964 at age 48.

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