The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

This was our last book club read. The Wall Street Journal likes it too:

“The Haunting of Hill House” proved that she was no one-hit wonder. Its opening lines are a minor masterpiece of eerie economy:

“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty more.”

Stephen King certainly approves of it: “I think there are few if any descriptive passages in the English language that are any finer than this,” he wrote in “Danse Macabre,” his survey of horror books and movies.


Really, if you want a quick spooky read, that one’s a winner.