The Haunting of Hill House

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Dawn Watson
Dawn Watson
1 year ago

Shirley Jackson is the queen. Her tiny short story ‘The Witch’ is very unnerving. A few other haunting books I like are Ghost Story by Peter Straub, Hell House by Richard Matheson, and The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons. The original book version of The Amityville Horror is an old, very scary classic. I’d also really recommend the book Will Storr vs the Supernatural if you haven’t read it — written by a “skeptic”, but really unsettling. The short story ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilmore is also really a great one: like The Haunting of Hill House, it aligns with mental health.

Dawn Watson
Dawn Watson
1 year ago
Reply to  Dawn Watson

PS Good luck with the book, keep going.


[…] He gently closes the crypt so as not to disturb her sleep and returns to his suburban home for another bout of rumination while the monsters beat at his shutters. I think the story is so durable—and haunting—because Matheson’s prose rides an uncanny line between psychological interiority and clinical detachment. (The precision of his writing in Legend is a million miles from Hell House, another horror landmark he wrote seventeen years later, and reads like something blurted out on a bender during a botched attempt to plagiarize Shirley Jackson.) […]

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