Book Thoughts: The Haunting of Hill House

Book Thoughts: The Haunting of Hill HouseThe Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller
Published on November 28, 2006
Genres: Horror, Gothic
Links: Buy on Amazon | Goodreads
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback

Source: Barnes and Noble

First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting."

Theodora, the lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

For starters, I decided I’m going to do book reviews a little differently. If it’s a book I’m just reading of my own accord, it’ll be more informal. If it’s a book I’m reading for a publisher I’ll keep to my traditional way of doing things!

Anyways, I just finished The Haunting of Hill House, and first of all, SHIRLEY JACKSON WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?

How could I have gone so long without reading a Jackson novel? I feel ashamed. I’m obsessed. I’m in love. I have never felt such dread while reading a book before.

I also had to read The Lottery once I started to learn more about her, and read the terrific book introduction (Penguins Classic version FTW). Well, obviously, one of my new favorite short stories ever.

Jackson knows how to write a persistent ache of tension and suspense perhaps better than any modern horror writer. I’ve read quite a bit of horror and many thrillers, but despite the fact, Hill House has no “ghosts,” it made me more uneasy than anything I’ve read previously.

The first thing I did after finishing the book was to spend time online reading analytical essays. I love that this novel is so open-ended. There is so much to unpack. I felt I could relate to Eleanor’s sense of isolation; perhaps that is one reason I was so unnerved. I couldn’t help but wonder what Hill House would do to me, had I stayed.

Reading the book also made me appreciate the Netflix series much more. Despite their differences, Flanagan indeed did a magnificent job of conveying the sense of palpable fear the house drums up.

Sure the series was more flashy and had actual entities, but it felt sincere to the story. Especially the addition of the red room, which makes perfect sense why it fits so well once you’ve read the book.

Anyway, I feel like I could go on forever and should say something amazing and in-depth but I’m coming up blank at the moment. I think I will revisit the dark corners of Hill House soon and form more coherent thoughts about it.


American Horror Story: 1984 full-length trailer has finally been released

The full-length trailer for American Horror Story’s upcoming ninth season has finally arrived. Get a taste of the new cast of characters in AHS: 1984!

American Horror Story is the long-running horror anthology series that airs on FX and is created by Ryan Murphy. The show has covered everything from witches to asylums to freakshows and everything in between.

The upcoming ninth season will focus on the golden age of slashers with a season titled 1984. We’ll follow a group of counselors as they settle into Camp Redwood, only to discover the ominous Mr. Jingles escaped a nearby sanitorium. Given what we see in the trailer, it appears he has a penchant for slitting throats!

Continue reading on 1428 Elm.


AHS 1984: 5 must-see summer camp slashers before the new season begins

The ninth season of American Horror Story is right around the corner. Get in the mood for 1984 with 5 summer camp slasher movies you can’t miss!

Season nine of American Horror Story, titled 1984, will focus on a horrific massacre at Camp Redwood. The official trailer was just released yesterday, and we got our first taste of the plot, plus an introduction to the characters.

It looks like our slasher is going to be “Mr. Jingles” (are we sure he’s not from Riverdale?). The full-length trailer gave us plenty to get excited about, and luckily, we don’t have too much longer to wait.

The season will premiere on September 18. That leaves you just in enough time to wind down the summer with five summer camp slasher flicks!

Continue reading on 1428 Elm.


What time will Carnival Row begin to stream on Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon’s upcoming fantasy neo-noir series, Carnival Row, is finally premiering this Friday. But what time can you officially start watching it?

Carnival Row, based on an unmade film script titled The Killing on Carnival Row, will officially arrive on Amazon Prime Video this week. The highly-anticipated series stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. Amazon is confident that the series will be a success judging by the fact it has already been renewed for a second season.

However, just because the premiere date is on Friday, that doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily have to wait until Friday to watch it. Amazon releases its new content at midnight on GMT time.

Continue reading on Amazon Adviser.


Margot Robbie’s 5 best films available to watch on Amazon Video

She’s currently starring as Sharon Tate in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood but check out Margot Robbie’s other great films available on Amazon Video!

Margot Robbie has cemented herself as one of the top actresses in Hollywood over the last couple of years. Between her star-making performance in The Wolf of Wall Street to her Oscar-nominated performance in I, Tonya, she’s everywhere.

Right now she’s starring alongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Next up, she’ll star alongside Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron in the much buzzed about film, BombshellThe trailer of which dropped earlier this week.

You can also catch her portraying fan-favorite DC character, Harley Quinn, on the big-screen with the upcoming Birds of Prey film and Suicide Squad sequel! In other words, she’s staying super busy. If she’s been on your mind lately, you can watch some of her best work right now on Amazon!

Continue reading on Amazon Adviser.


6 things to watch on Netflix after you finish In the Dark

You just raced to the ending of In the Dark and now you’ve got nothing left to watch! Don’t worry, we’ve got a couple of suggestions to keep you busy.

In the Dark premiered this past winter on The CW, but many people are just discovering the show now due to its recent Netflix debut. It’s a great series to watch over the summer. Murphy is blind and thinks she’s discovered her best friend’s body in an alleyway. Unfortunately, by the time the cops arrive, there is no body.

She spends the entire 13 episodes of season one desperately trying to solve the mystery of what happened to her pal, Tyson. You’ll get sucked in right away due to the show’s dark humor and the incredible acting on behalf of the series lead, Perry Mattfeld. The series has plenty of other lovable characters too and a surprisingly more adult theme than what The CW typically airs.

If you’ve finished Season 1 and are currently reeling from that shocking ending, we have a few other shows you should check out! Season 2 of In the Dark is still several months a ways off but Netflix has lots of other great content to jump into.

Continue reading on Hidden Remote.


When will In the Dark Season 2 premiere on The CW?

You finished binging all of In the Dark Season 1 and now you’re dying to know when Season 2 will air, right? Well, we’ve got an idea of when to expect it!

In the Dark is The CW’s newest original series. It’s one of the few shows on the network that isn’t a reboot, sequel, spin-off, or part of the DCTV verse. All of that makes it something of an anomaly.

It’s surprising the series was renewed, considering while it was airing it didn’t generate high ratings. However, since In the Dark made its Netflix debut, the series has become increasingly popular on social media and the streaming platform.

When it returns for its second season, we can expect to see the ratings uptick as has happened with previous CW series in the past, such as Riverdale.

Continue reading on Hidden Remote.


The 10 Best Places For Japanese Food In The United States

Do you have a craving for sushi? What about other Japanese cuisine? If so, there might be a couple of places nearby that do takeout, but if you want a real, authentic experience that doesn’t involve traveling half-way around the world, you’ll find there are several restaurants in America known for serving incredible Japanese food.

They might be even closer than you think! We’re highlighting ten places you can dine-in all over the country to have the best Japanese experience you could imagine, all from the comfort of your own home! Who knows, you could be living down the street from the perfect sushi spot and not even realize it!

Continue reading on The Travel.


10 Of The World’s Most Visited Places You Should Avoid

Are you planning your next big vacation? If so, you might be doing research on the most popular spots to visit around the world. From France to the United States to Morocco and beyond, there are countless hotspots for you to visit with friends, family, or even on a solitary trip.

It’s always a good idea to be prepared to travel to a foreign country that may have different customs or a different environment than you’re used to. For instance, there are some countries extremely popular for tourists, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily the best place for a vacation.

Continue reading on The Travel.


10 Things People Do On Tours That Tour Guides Can’t Stand

Place “Plum” ou Place Plumereau à Tours

Do you enjoy traveling? If you like to tour the cities you visit, to see historical landmarks in addition to local hotspots and more, it may be a good idea for you to go on a guided tour. It can be difficult to figure out how to schedule in everything you want to see when you’re new to an area.

Guided tours are a great way to see a lot of the city in a shorter span of time. Guides know the best pathways and the fastest way to get from place to place. Plus they can help you figure out what’s worth visiting and what you can skip. But when going on a tour, make sure you remember a few basic things so you don’t annoy your guide. Here are ten things tour guides can’t stand.

Continue reading on The Travel.