Let Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle cast a spell on you. With an afterword by Donna Tartt written exclusively for this illustrated Folio Society edition.
The Haunting of Hill House
Illustrated by Angie Hoffmeister
Introduced by Joyce Carol Oates
This lavish Folio edition of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is illustrated by Angie Hoffmeister and introduced by Joyce Carol Oates.
‘As nearly perfect a haunted house tale as I have ever read.’
- Stephen King
Widely considered one of the scariest books ever written, The Haunting of Hill House is the terrifying grandmother of all modern haunted house tales; the ghostly disturbances in this novel have paved the way for countless supernatural menaces, from Stephen King’s The Shining to Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger. Yet Shirley Jackson’s most celebrated novel deals in the bone-deep terror of mental disintegration rather than gore – which is why once you have visited Hill House, you will not forget it. This Folio edition of the definitive work of American Gothic is illustrated by Angie Hoffmeister, who has provided seven exquisitely unnerving images as well as a wraparound binding featuring the house itself. Award-winning novelist Joyce Carol Oates has contributed an in-depth introduction exploring the compelling psychological undercurrents of Jackson’s writing, making this an irresistible addition to any haunted library.
Bound in printed and blocked textured paper
Set in Arno with Zachar as display
Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations, including 4 double-page spreads
9 integrated illustrated tailpieces
8 ¾˝ x 5 ½˝
During the whole underside of her life, ever since her first memory, Eleanor had been waiting for something like Hill House.
Following the death of her invalid mother, Eleanor Vance is desperate to start living her own life; one of carefree adventure, far from the remnants of her family. When she receives an invitation to stay at the mysterious and remote Hill House for the summer, she knows she must attend, at any cost. Dr Montgomery has assembled a small team to probe the supernatural secrets of the infamous property, and alongside the young heir to the house and Theodora, a woman with mild psychic talents, quiet, sensitive Eleanor begins to come out of her shell. Yet what starts as a lark in an eccentric, rambling house quickly becomes something else entirely. Because Hill House has been waiting for them. And it will not let them go easily.
‘Shirley Jackson is one of those highly idiosyncratic, inimitable writers ... whose work exerts an enduring spell.’
- Joyce Carol Oates
Inspired by an article about a group of 19th-century psychic researchers, Jackson eventually tracked down just the right building on which to base her haunted house, only to discover it had been built by her own great-great-grandfather … exactly the sort of eerie fact you’d expect to find in a good ghost story. Artist Angie Hoffmeister’s striking binding for this edition has captured the looming presence of the house itself, while her illustrations of the interior are suffused with a cold dread. Page by page, explore the rooms and corridors alongside Eleanor, and decide for yourself: are the terrors all in her mind, or does something truly monstrous stalk the halls of Hill House?
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