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The Haunting of Hill House Paperback - 2006

by Shirley Jackson; Introduction by Laura Miller

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 HillHouse is gathering its powers-and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.


About this book

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is widely considered one of the best literary ghost stories published during the twentieth century. The novel has been adapted to film twice — in 1963 and again in 1999 — both times under the title The Haunting. The Gothic tale tells the story of socially repressed Eleanor Vance and three others who head to Hill House to partake in an experiment involving paranormal activities.

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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.
 

From the publisher

Shirley Jackson (1919–1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote many stories as well as six novels and two works of nonfiction.

Laura Miller, previously an editor at Salon.com, writes essays and reviews for the New York Times, the New Yorker, and other publications.

First Edition Identification

The Viking Press first published The Haunting of Hill House in New York in 1959. The dust jacket of first editions display the original price of $3.95.

Details

  • Title The Haunting of Hill House
  • Author Shirley Jackson; Introduction by Laura Miller
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition Revised
  • Pages 208
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Penguin Group, New York
  • Date 2006-12-01
  • Features Bibliography, Price on Product - Canadian, Table of Contents
  • ISBN 9780143039983 / 0143039989
  • Weight 0.35 lbs (0.16 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.7 x 5 x 0.6 in (19.56 x 12.70 x 1.52 cm)
  • Ages 18 to UP years
  • Grade levels 13 - UP
  • Reading level 920
  • Library of Congress subjects Horror fiction, Psychological fiction
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2006050731
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

About the author

Shirley Jackson (1919-1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote many stories as well as six novels and two works of nonfiction.

Laura Miller, previously an editor at Salon.com, writes essays and reviews for the New York Times, the New Yorker, and other publications.

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