This weeks Book Beginnings and Friday 56 is Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. I’ll be reading The Haunting of Hill House next month as part of my Classiic Horror Novel Reading Challenge.
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. 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.
Thoughts: Since I haven’t started reading it, I don’t have any thoughts. I remember reading Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” and a few of her other short stories and thought this sounded good for the Horror Novel Reading Challenge.
The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda Voice
“Maybe it will go on down the other side of the hall,” Theodora whispered, and Eleanor thought that the oddest part of this indescribable experience was that Theodora should be having it too. “No,” Theodora said, and they heard the crash against the door across the hall. It was louder, it was deafening, it struck against the door next to them (did it move back and forth across the hall? did it go on feet along the carpet? did it lift a hand to the door?), and Eleanor threw herself away from the bed and ran to hold her hands against the door. “Go away,” she shouted wildly. “Go away, go away!”
There was complete silence . . .
Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House, 56%
Summary from Penguin Random House – First published in 1959 under the title The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson’s beloved novel 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 the psychic phenomena called “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeist; 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.
This year I’m participating in several reading challenges; and this weeks Book Beginnings and Friday 56 is part of my Classic Horror Novel Reading Challenge.