I decided to read ‘The Haunting of Hill House’, because I really love Jan de Bonts movie remake ‘The Haunting’ from 1999 of Shirley Jacksons novel from 1959.

But after reading the book, I must admit that the spiced up story in the new movie is far better than original story and the first movie from 1963.

by Peter

Title:

‘The Haunting of Hill House’

Author:

Shirley Jackson

Pages:

235

Reading Level:

Competent

First Published:

1959

Publishing this version:

Penguin Horror
Penguin

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Excerpt from ‘The Haunting of Hill House’

Mrs. Dudley turned aside to let Eleanor come in, and spoke, apparently to the wall. “I set dinner on the dining-room sideboard at six sharp,” she said. “You can serve yourselves. I clear up in the morning. I have breakfast ready for you at nine. That’s the way I agreed to do. I can’t keep the rooms up the way you’d like, but there’s no one else you could get that would help me. I don’t wait on people. What I agreed to, it doesn’t mean I wait on people.”
Eleanor nodded, standing uncertainly in the doorway.
“I don’t stay after I set out dinner, “Mrs Dudley went on. “Not after it begins to get dark. I leave before dark comes.”
“I know,” Eleanor said.
“We live over in the town, six miles away.”
“Yes,” Eleanor said, remembering Hillsdale.
“So there won’t be anyone around if you need help.”