The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (PDF - Online Reading - Download - Summary - Review)


The Haunting of Hill House is a 1959 gothic horror novel by American author Shirley Jackson. A National Book Award finalist and considered one of the best literary ghost stories published during the 20th century, it has been made into two feature films and a play and is the basis of a Netflix series. Jackson's novel relies on terror rather than horror to provoke emotions in the reader, using complex relationships between the mysterious events in the house and the psyches of the characters.
The book is dedicated to Leonard Brown, the Jackson Professor of English at Syracuse University.


It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously hostile mound called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, the cheerful attendant; Eleanor, a fragile and friendless young woman who knows poltergeists very well; and Luke, the future heir to Hill House. At first, his stay seems destined to be simply a hair-raising encounter with unexplained phenomena. But Hill House is gathering his powers, and soon he will choose one of them to create his own.


The books that have scared me deeply... are few... But Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House surpassed them all... It scared me as a teenager and still haunts me.
The greatest haunted house story ever written, the inspiration for a 10-part Netflix series directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, and Timothy Hutton.

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, writes essays and reviews for the New York Times, the New Yorker, and other publications.

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