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The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting Of Hill House

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Natalie
HPB Staff

The Haunting Of Hill House

by Jackson, Shirley/ Miller, Laura (INT)
A wonderfully chilling read

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.

 
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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.



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
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    • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Fremont
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
  • ISBN-13: 9780143039983
  • ISBN: 0143039989
  • Publication Year: 2006



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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
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HPB condition ratings
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