October Booked For Lunch Selection

Monday, October 23 at Noon: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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This October Booked for Lunch is exploring the 1959 literary horror classic The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Considered by many to be the best haunted house story ever written, Jackson's tale has stood the test of time. The book has never been out of print, has been made into 2 successful motion pictures (1963 & 1999), was adapted for the stage in 1964, and made into a wildly popular Netflix miniseries in 2018.

It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly estate called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting;’ Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. (Description from the publisher)

The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. So just what makes it so scary and how did it come to define the ghost story genre? Let's find out together. Copies are available now at the adult circulation desk. Digital editions are available for download using Libby. Join the discussion in person or online via Zoom, on Monday, October 23 at noon. Registration is encouraged using our calendar or by email at RBrzozowski@cwmars.org.