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Aha! Another Shirley Jackson fan. That was one spooky lady. “The Lottery” is great, but my favorite will always be “The Haunting of Hill House”.

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 so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone. — the first paragraph of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (1959).

That paragraph has haunted me since I first read it nearly half a century ago, and the first movie version — the one starring Julie Harris, not the silly remake with Michael Douglas’ wife, is one of the finest horror films ever made.

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November 17, 2008 at 5:58 am
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