The Haunting of Hill House
Why this book?
This is easily my favorite haunted house story. I discovered it when I was a teen and have read it religiously once a year ever since. The reason it stuck with me and made me such a super fan was the idea that not only are a group of misfits staying in a haunted house, but the house itself is sentient. It’s the most malevolent and unforgettable character in the story. Literally conjuring up different ways to torment everyone. It’s terrifying in the most delicious way. Shirley Jackson is a master of horror and psychological suspense. If I hadn’t already believed in ghosts before that book, I certainly would have afterward.