Are there fans of the American TV series called The Haunting of Hill House? Today’s post we want to dedicate to the author of the 1959 novel of the same name, on which the first season is based. If you like to learn more about the series, please, check out this article.
And now let’s have a closer look at Shirley Jackson and her terrific novel. First of all, we should mention that Shirley Jackson was a popular American short story writer and recognized master of American “supernatural horror in literature.” Her short story, The Lottery is widely regarded as a classic in the genre and is often required reading. Meanwhile, The Haunting of Hill House is as highly evaluated as the Turn of the Screw by Henry James, the best stories of M.R. James and other famous stories about ghosts, which have become archetypes of the genre.
As we’ve already said, the novel was first published in 1959. It tells about four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House. Dr. Montague is an occult scholar, who is looking for strong evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora is his lighthearted and carefree assistant; Eleanor is a friendless, fragile young woman, who is well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke is the future heir of Hill House.
At first, their stay seems destined to be merely an eerie encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.