The Haunting of Hill House is a horror classic. I first read about it in Stephen King's Danse Macabre, found a copy at my local bookstore, and fell in love with it almost immediately. Although I found Shirley Jackson's writing style somewhat dry at first, I was soon immersed in a fantastically creepy story. The main plot centers on Eleanor Vance, who, along with two other guests, is invited to stay in a haunted house by a scientist, Dr. John Montague, who has an interest in the supernatural. During their stay, many strange things happen including randomly slamming doors, cold spots, aural hallucinations, and a growing feeling of malevolence. These devices are brought into the story subtly, so rather than throwing the book across the room and vowing never to touch it again, I found myself trapped, wondering what would happen next, with slow chills rising up my spine. I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy horror novels, or are just plain looking for a good, interesting, short read.
Dr. Montague, an occult scholar, and his team--Theodora, his assistant; Eleanor, a fragile young woman with a close acquaintance with the paranormal; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House--conduct an unusual research project in a reputedly haunted house. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.