Have you ever read The Haunting of Hill House? If not, you should. I stumbled on it by accident as a kid on one of the many days I roamed the long hallways of the State Library in Escanaba, Michigan. It was a lucky find for me. It is regarded by many, including Stephen King as being one of the important horror novels of the twentieth century. One of the best haunted house books ever written.
Almost everyone from my generation knows Shirley Jackson for her famous short story The Lottery. It was always included in high school literature books. That was then…according to a college literature professor I heard speak last year, he used to be assured that when he got new students 20 years ago, he knew they had read all of the classics. Not now. Now, he can’t be sure his students have ready anything! So much for our progressive education system.
Anyway, I digress. She wrote the book in 1959 and it was made into a very good movie in 1963 and a totally abysmal movie in 1999.
Sadly, Shirley Jackson passed away in 1965 at the very young age of 48.
The book I’m writing now, my 6th, takes its inspiration from The Haunting of Hill House. It’s quite different but it does bring a collection of people to a remote Victorian house 15 miles outside of Marquette, Michigan in the middle of a nasty blizzard. Yes, they’re stuck there with no way out and no phone service! Fun, fun, fun….until someone dies!
I’m only on page 132….about 200 more pages to go.