- Tapa blanda: 256 páginas
- Editor: Penguin Ltd; Edición: Media tie-in (9 de octubre de 2018)
- Colección: Penguin Modern Classics
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 9780241389690
- ISBN-13: 978-0241389690
- ASIN: 0241389690
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As nearly perfect a haunted-house tale as I have ever read ... Stepping into Hill House is like stepping into the mind of a madman; it isn't long before you weird yourself out (Stephen King)
No one can touch her (Donna Tartt)
An amazing writer (Neil Gaiman)
Not only the best haunted-house story ever written, but also a quiet subversion of the ingénue trope in horror fiction (Joanne Harris)
The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable ... She is a true master (A. M. Homes)
The quintessential haunted-house story ... A masterpiece of edgy tension and creeping terror (Independent)
A novel which at one stroke puts her unquestionably among the great masters of the genre . . . as spine-chilling as anything Edgar Allan Poe dreamed up (Daily Telegraph)
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THE INSPIRATION FOR THE NEW NETFLIX SERIES DEBUTING THIS HALLOWE'EN
The best-known of Shirley Jackson's novels and a major inspiration for writers like Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, The Haunting of Hill House is a chilling story of the power of fear.
'Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written' Donna Tartt, author of The Goldfinch and The Secret History
Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his lovely assistant; Luke, the future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers - and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. Twice filmed as The Haunting, and the inspiration for a new 10-part Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House is a powerful work of slow-burning psychological horror.
Shirley Jackson was born in California in 1916. When her short story The Lottery was first published in the New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the most iconic American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five more: Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. Shirley Jackson died in her sleep at the age of 48.
If you enjoyed The Haunting of Hill House, you might like Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.
'An amazing writer ... If you haven't read her you have missed out on something marvellous' Neil Gaiman
'As nearly perfect a haunted-house tale as I have ever read' Stephen King
'The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable' A. M. Homes
'Shirley Jackson is one of those highly idiosyncratic, inimitable writers...whose work exerts an enduring spell' Joyce Carol OatesVer Descripción del producto
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Yes, of course there are differences, but predictable ones like cutting for length. After all, films are able to tell us more in less time than a book can. The characters are fairly consistent with the novel save for the doctor's wife who is, if anything, worse than her film version. The relationships are not precisely the same, but the spirit of those relationships and what they mean to the characters are true to those in the book.
What was different for me was that the book made me more uneasy about Eleanor, and about how much of the book's horror is in her mind, or can be attributed to her poltergeist. If you've read Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, you'll be familiar with the disorientation of not ever really knowing what's going on, whether it's supernatural, a mental aberration, or a combination of the two. And that, more than anything makes The Haunting of Hill House one of the most unsettling things I've ever read.
It's gloriously well written; it gave me the wiggins in the first ten pages, and never really let up. But it's not throat-clutching horror, or jump-out-of-your-skin horror. Rather, it's a slow and even sad progress of the death of hope in the face of something overwhelming. The horror is that no matter the source, nothing can stop it.
I'm not a fan of gorpy horror, buckets of blood and body parts being flung about. Monsters don't scare me. People scare me. What goes on in people's heads scares the bejeebers out of me, so this sort of horror? It's my candy. And for my money, Shirley Jackson is one of the greatest horror writers ever.
Hill House is a huge pile of bricks and mortar that was built in the late 1800s. There is much tragedy attached to the house starting with a carriage accident that occurs as a young wife comes to her new house only to be killed when the horses are startled and the carriage upturns. The young daughter of this marriage is brought up in this curious place and ultimately dies here. Her caregiver commits suicide by hanging herself from a circular staircase. There are many rooms, hallways, and lots of tales about ghostly apparitions, noises, and so forth.
A professor, Dr. Montague and his team decide to investigate the reports of paranormal activity in this house. In addition to his team, his invitees include two women---Theodora a free spirited theatrical type and Eleanor, a mousy insecure woman. The other invitee is Luke, a distant relation of the owner of the house. The other people in the story consist of a housekeeper/cook and the caretaker---kind of spooky people in their own right!
As everyone arrives and settles in and becomes acquainted it soon becomes apparent that there is definitely a presence at Hill House and it's not a friendly one. There are "cold spots" in the library, and during the night banging on Eleanor's bedroom door. Theodora moves in with Eleanor, but the noise doesn't stop. Then there is a message on the wall "Help Eleanor Come Home" Is this a trick played by one of the guests? Or is there a force in the house that is compelling Eleanor to be a part of it? The other guests are sympathetic to Eleanor, but she becomes more and more delusional and hysterical which culminates in her being asked to leave.
There is mystery, drama, and suspense around every corner. Shirley Jackson shows a lot of creativity and imagination in her writing of this book. Her descriptions of the house and grounds are so realistic that you almost picture yourself in the midst of the scenery. She brings out the cruelty of humanity in her descriptions of the characters, especially Luke and Theodora who play on the fears and weaknesses of Eleanor. And in the end, maybe the lesson to be learned is this: there are inherently evil aspects of nature that should just be left alone and Hill House is one of them!