The Haunting of Hill House October Reading Group Selection

The next reading group meeting will be on Monday October 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Goldfish Tea House in Royal Oak. Our next book discussion will be on Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.

Shirley Hardie Jackson (December 14, 1916 – August 8, 1965) was an American author. A popular writer in her time, her work has received increasing attention from literary critics in recent years. She has influenced such writers as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Nigel Kneale and Richard Matheson.

“There are very few books that are genuinely scary; Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is one of them. Jackson understood that the worst fears are those that lurk inside of us, always ready to menace and undermine us. She knew about them all right; her two greatest works, Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle combined to undo her, years of eccentricity and ordinary oddness accelerating whilst she wrote them into a full-scale breakdown that left her unable to leave her house and sometimes her room. The fears she wrote about so eloquently had come to possess her, just as they always ultimately possessed her characters. Jackson’s world seemed to function on the principle of the Mobius strip; the faster you run away from what troubles you, the quicker you find yourself headed back towards it. Now that’s scary.”-Tales From the Reading Room

The Haunting of Hill House is also being staged now at Meadowbrook Theater. “The brilliant Meadow Brook Theatre design crew has created a “Hill House” which is character itself — a nearly living, breathing and perfectly understated specter of mahogany and shadow.” – from the  Oakland Press review “Halloween Camp; The Haunting of Hill House spooks Meadowbrook” by Vivian DeGain

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