Title: The Haunting of Hill House
Author: Shirley Jackson
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Release Date: October 16th 1959
Number of Pages: 246
Genre: Adult, Gothic, Horror
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 and light hearted assistant; Luke, the adventurous future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with chilling, even 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.
This is the first book that I have ever read that genuinely scared me. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the writing style in this and Shirley does a really good job of creating an unsettling and creepy atmosphere and of making Hill House a character in it’s own right. This book centres around Eleanor who is a lot more sensitive and sensitive to Hill House than the others, she is also an unreliable narrative as she slowly starts to lose her grip on reality. This is a very slow-build horror and will leave you on edge the whole way though.
Overall, I gave this 3 out of 5 stars.
Author: Yukito Ayatsuji
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: November 25th 2011
Genre: Manga, Horror
In the spring of 1998, Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to Yomiyama North Middle School. In class, he develops a sense of unease as he notices that the people around him act like they’re walking on eggshells, and students and teachers alike seem frightened. As a chain of horrific deaths begin to unfold around him, he comes to discover that he has been placed in the cursed Class 3 in which the student body head count is always one more than expected. Class 3 is haunted by a vengeful spirit responsible for gruesome deaths in an effort to satisfy its spite. To stop the vicious cycle gripping his new school, Kouichi decides to get to the bottom of the curse, but is he prepared for the horror that lies ahead…?
I really disappointed with this as I wanted to enjoy it a lot more than I did. My main problem was that the it seemed to jump from one scene to another very quickly and I felt myself getting a little lost at times. I will say the artwork in this phenomenal, I was surprised by the end reveal and it was quick to read.
Overall, I gave this 2.5 stars.
Have you read any of these? What did you think of it?