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The Haunting of Hill House (1959)

por Shirley Jackson

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The four visitors at Hill House-- some there for knowledge, others for adventure-- are unaware that the old mansion will soon choose one of them to make its own.
  1. 210
    The Turn of the Screw por Henry James (Nickelini)
    Nickelini: Both have an unreliable narrator, which results in an ambiguous story.
  2. 120
    The Little Stranger por Sarah Waters (alalba)
  3. 70
    White is for Witching por Helen Oyeyemi (upstairsgirl, sturlington)
    upstairsgirl: Similar in premise, less subtle but more disturbing in execution.
    sturlington: Hill House clearly inspired White Is for Witching.
  4. 81
    The Woman in Black por Susan Hill (Copperskye, Jannes)
    Jannes: Not sure if it is a coincidence, but the two perhaps best ghost stories ever written are both by women, in a genre otherwise mostly dominated by men. Both are superb explorations of death, loss, fear, and all those other elementsthat make up the good supernatural tales.… (mais)
  5. 40
    The Red Tree por Caitlín R. Kiernan (blacksylph)
  6. 41
    Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories por Roald Dahl (SomeGuyInVirginia)
    SomeGuyInVirginia: Dahl's is the best collection of ghost stories available, and Jackson's is the best haunted house story of all time. I think they make a nice pair (as the bishop said to the chorus girl.)
  7. 20
    The Unseen por Alexandra Sokoloff (amyblue)
  8. 20
    The House Next Door por Anne Rivers Siddons (andomck)
  9. 10
    Horrorstör por Grady Hendrix (andomck)
  10. 21
    Hell House por Richard Matheson (sturlington)
    sturlington: Inspired by The Haunting of Hill House.
  11. 43
    House Of Leaves por Mark Z. Danielewski (blacksylph)
    blacksylph: The only haunted house story I've ever read that was scarier than this book.
  12. 10
    Heart-Shaped Box por Joe Hill (sturlington)
    sturlington: Both are very scary ghost stories.
  13. 10
    Wild Fell (A Ghost Story) por Michael Rowe (ShelfMonkey)
  14. 11
    The Hellbound Heart por Clive Barker (andomck)
    andomck: Both are haunted house stories at their core
  15. 22
    Wish Her Safe at Home por Stephen Benatar (agmlll)
  16. 45
    Danse Macabre por Stephen King (kraaivrouw)
    kraaivrouw: Look here for Stephen King's take on The Haunting of Hill House.
  17. 01
    The Supernaturals por David L. Golemon (Scottneumann)
  18. 78
    Carrie por Stephen King (artturnerjr, akblanchard)
    artturnerjr: Clearly influenced by The Haunting of Hill House, as is much of King's work.
    akblanchard: Carrie White has much in common with Jackson's shy, bullied heroine Eleanor Vance.
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    Salem's Lot por Stephen King (clif_hiker)
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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 the 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.

Shirley Jackson hurls her typewriter at Henry James, and very nearly scores a knockout. Against James' pansy of a governess in [b:The Turn of the Screw|12948|The Turn of the Screw|Henry James|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1443203592s/12948.jpg|990886], Jackson brings a dreamy, stunted, wrathful Eleanor Vance. Wrapped in language as clear and perfect as any I have ever read, Eleanor traces circles in circles, a woman in the wallpaper, to find her final exit into the scaffolding of the tale itself, snuffing out her reader as she snuffs out herself in the final turn of her narrative. (I will say I found that ending unexpectedly upsetting, even though I knew it had to be coming. Be careful reading this if you've got a depression lurking about.) The only thing that could have made this story more perfect would have been the removal of the outside parties who intrude in the seventh chapter. (I could be persuaded on that point, but I really would have preferred to keep the whole matter within Eleanor's cozy little adopted family of four: Dr. Montague is a portrait of quiet desperation. Theodora is a glory. Luke is a very forgivable mooch. Mrs. Montague and Arthur are just plot devices.)

My thoughts are still a bit jumbled here, and I don't know how long it will take to sort them. It's quite possible this will rise to a five star read in my estimation after I've thought it over a bit more. For now, if you are only going read one of Jackson's stories, make it [b:We Have Always Lived in the Castle|89724|We Have Always Lived in the Castle|Shirley Jackson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1415357189s/89724.jpg|847007]. But if you're going to read two, make sure this one is on your list.

P.S. The introduction in this edition by Laura Miller was worth the read, but only after the book, as she spoils everything. (Does no one do afterwords anymore?) ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
Just an absolute class act, this book. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
As a self-professed lover of the Gothic, I am rather embarrassed to admit that this is the first Shirley Jackson book I've ever read. Nor have I watched the movies based on her works. As a lame defence, I can state that I'm a greater fan of 19th Century ghost and horror fiction than of its more recent manifestations. But this book, though written in 1959, is an undisputed modern classic.

The novel starts traditionally enough. Dr John Montague, a paranormal investigator, together with three willing collaborators, goes to spend a summer in the allegedly haunted Hill House, a bizarre mansion built eighty years before by an eccentric businessman. It isn't long before the house starts living up to its reputation - doors close of their own accord, strange noises are heard during the night, ominous writings appear on the walls.

However, we soon realise that, despite the third-person narration, we are experiencing the house through the eyes and mind of one of the participants of the experiment - Eleanor, a shy, lonely and possibly disturbed young woman. In other words, Nell is the ideal candidate for the role of the proverbial unreliable narrator. Relationships start to crack faster than you can say "Big Brother". The tension mounts but it's more of the psychological than of the supernatural type. Indeed, Jackson leaves us in doubt as to whether the phenomena we've witnessed are otherworldly at all.

Did I find the novel terrifying? Not really, but that's likely because I read most of the book on a plane flight, in between safety announcements, air-hostesses peddling perfumes, drinks and scratch cards (!) and fellow passengers jostling to go to the toilet. I did feel a growing sense of unease as the novel progressed and ultimately I found the book delightfully disturbing.

Now on to Jackson's short stories! ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Mar 5, 2021 |
And thus, Eleanor found her home. ( )
  Vibha_V | Feb 18, 2021 |
The title says it all! Written in the 50s, this book might be a bit out of date and a little hokey at times, but that didn’t keep be from loving it! Creepy and atmospheric, this one is a study in how you do it right! There’s no doubt that Jackson has the supreme talent to make us care about her characters – and then to torture them! (I haven’t checked out the series, but I like the movie.) ( )
  ShannonHollinger | Feb 15, 2021 |
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Jackson, Shirleyautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Buckley, PaulDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Dowers, ShonnaDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Dunne, BernadetteNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Edelfeldt, IngerTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
King, StephenIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Miller, LauraIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Palmer, ÓscarTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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.
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She could not remember ever being truly happy in her adult life; her years with her mother had been built up devotedly around small guilts and small reproaches, constant weariness, and unending despair. Without ever wanting to become reserved and shy, she had spent so long alone, with no one to love, that it was difficult for her to talk, even casually, to another person without self-consciousness and an awkward inability to find words. (chapter 1)
The house was vile. She shivered and thought, the words coming freely into her mind, Hill House is vile, it is diseased; get away from here at once. (chapter 1)
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