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Haunting of Hill House, The

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  • Haunting of Hill House, The
  • Author: Shirley Jackson
  • Publisher: Viking Press
  • Year: 1959
  • Country: USA
  • 246 pages
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Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has unnerved readers since its original publication in 1959. A tale of subtle, psychological terror, it has earned its place as one of the significant haunted house stories of the ages.

Qvamp says:

This is the original classic. Definitely worth reading. It is well written and very entertaining, which I find uncommon in books written over 40 years ago. Very eerie.

The lesbianism in the book is very, very obvious if you know it's there. However, the story is very obviously couched in a way that avoids actually stating it.

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Amount of Gay Content lightly homoerotic


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By: Bez ( stephenbeswick@hotmail.com )
Overall Rating: A     Queer horror Rating: A    

This book is so well written but in a style typical of Shirley Jackson. It's not overly long, and the only weakness (in my opinion) is that, unlike the film, it is not really conclusive as to whether Hill House is actually haunted or if it is simply that Eleanor has a susceptible mind to the house itself for which she develops a clear and uncompromising obsession...


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