September 20, 2009

October 2009: 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, 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.

Jen S.: Classic ghost story. An appropriate read for the month of October.

Stephanie: I wasn't thrilled with the ending but overall, I thought it was a decent read.

Amanda: Don't let the name fool ya---not too scary!

Holly: It seemed like I was reading a play. I wish I could've gone to BC to discuss. And have some wine.

Aday: Perfectly eerie from the very beginning. I had to read it with all of the lights on. I also related to the characters so much I cast them while reading the book: Cate Blanchett for Theodora, Michael Cane for the Dr., Rupert Everett for Luke, Meryl Streep for the Dr.'s wife, and Jennifer Goodwin playing Eleanor. Is that weird?

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