|Then as now ... autumn is my time|
It's October, the wind is sighing through trees, leaves are swirling and the night seems darker somehow. Halloween is coming with its reminders of the demonic and divine. This is the perfect time to scare yourself to death with one of the best horror novels ever written.
|Shirley Jackson, Author|
The Haunting of Hill House is the quintessential haunted house story. The book tells of Dr. Montague, a parapsychologist, who has brought together three people to stay with him in the massive house, the reputation of which is so bad that people from the nearby village will barely speak of it, and never go there. Since the death of the original owner, the house has been unoccupied because no one who has ever tried has been able to stay. According to the professor, the house is diseased, leprous with the evil of the man who built it, Hugh Crane. It is his determination to record the supernatural activity in the house in pursuit of proof of "the other side."
Dr. Montague and his invited guests Eleanor, Theodora and Luke, find their deepest fears and sensitivities challenged by the chilling atmosphere of the house. Eleanor is a lonely, shy woman, insecure and vulnerable. Theo is a bright, vivacious woman with the gift of ESP. Luke is the nephew of the house's current owner, and only sees the house as a future gold mine for himself. The relationships between these four people, the imposing housekeeper, Mrs. Dudley and her caretaker husband, and the addition of Dr. Montague's wife, a medium, and her stuffy friend Arthur, are all changed by their stay in the house. The insensitive suffer no ill effects, but others are not so lucky.
Do yourself an October favor and get The Haunting of Hill House. Read it at night with just one reading light on. Then turn on all the lights before you go to sleep, and don't forget to keep your hands well under the covers.....
It's been a real journey during the two years since I made this first attempt. I knew only a few people who had come together at the TCM site, and decided to break off and make a group of our own, inspired and led by Rick of Classic Film and TV Cafe. We are still friends, and have made so many others as the Classic Movie Blog Association grew to the wonderful group it is today. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time, meeting the right people and finding something I love to do. Happy autumn, everyone! Don't forget to read this book, see the movie, and find out, in the words of the great Vincent Price, "how wonderful it is to be scared to death."