The Haunting of Hill House
|The Haunting of Hill House
|Michael Joseph Ltd.
|fiction, ghosts, horror, film/TV adaptation
|Dr. Montague, a scientific investigator of ghostly phenomena, has chosen to live for several weeks at Hill House, by repute a place of horror that will brook no human habitation. To check and contribute to his observations, he selects three companions previously unknown to him; two girls, Theo and Eleanor, and Luke, a young man, who is heir to Hill House.
What happens cannot, in fairness, be told. But Dr Montague’s words were prophetic:
‘A ghost cannot hurt anyone; only the fear of ghosts can be dangerous.’ Whether the ghosts at Hill House caused the fear, or the fear created the ghosts, there were such manifestations as to produce, finally, an ultimate terror that was all too palpable and down-to-earth.—Preface.
Considered one of the greatest horror novels of the 20th century, The Haunting of Hill House has been made into two feature films, The Haunting, in 1963 and 1999, and a TV series.
Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) was an American writer known primarily for her works in mystery and horror. She was born in San Francisco and attended Syracuse University in New York where she met her husband. She settled in North Bennington, Vermont where she did most of her writing. She published her first novel in 1948 but it was a short story written in the same year that gained her the most notoriety. “The Lottery”, a story about the grim undercurrents of life in a small town, has been described as one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature. In 1959, she wrote “The Haunting of Hill House”, a supernatural horror novel widely considered to be one of the best ghost stories ever written. A reclusive person who rarely talked about her work, she has been cited as an influence for such luminaries as Stephen King, Sarah Waters, and Neil Gaiman.