The Haunting of Hill House
Why this book?
Jackson’s writing is gorgeous. The opening paragraph is one of the best things in modern English, immediately plunging you into the tense, horrifying place that is Hill House. Hill House itself is upsetting, unruly, and haunted both by ghosts and time. The ghost hunters that have decided to investigate the long-abandoned Hill House are in for one hell of a ride, and they take the reader right along with them. The main character Eleanor Vance is studied in psychological damage, haunted herself by what’s happened to her. There’s also some nascent and sympathetic queer representation, jump thrills, and the kind of ghostly activity that would make anyone afraid to be alone.