Jackson hooks the reader early with the first line of the book . . .
"No live organism cam continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality . . ."This sentence alone grabbed my attention, begging for me to read more. Jackson then immediately jumped into the action, introducing us to her complex characters, foreshadowing the story that is yet to come. Her four supporting characters (Dr. Montague, Theodora, Eleanor, and Luke), however, pale in comparison to the ultimate character -- Hill House. She humanizes the house, creating an eerie atmosphere and daunting story. To top it off, she ends the tale with a big bang.
The Haunting of Hill House is a short, quick read that I had a hard time putting down. It had my full attention from that first sentence until the very end. In only a little over 200 pages, she developed a tale that will stay with me for a long time and one that every fan of horror should have on their shelves.
Have you been haunted by Jackson's Hill House? What are your opinions of this classic?