Monday, February 16, 2015

The Opening to Shirley Jackson’s Dark Masterpiece, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, as Read by Yours Truly

Got your Women in Horror right HERE!

No gimmicks, no trendy boosh-wah political agendas.
Just clear, no-bullshit writing about how bad
it can get when...oh, read her books, already! 
Seriously, we’re halfway through Women in Horror Month and this is the first mention anyone I know has made of the writer of “The Lottery,” and the definitive haunted house story, The Haunting of Hill House. That’s not right, people. That’s not right at all.

So, by way of kicking off my You Tube channel, let me introduce you to one of the greatest horror writers you’ve likely never heard of. South Park paid homage to her most famous short story, but how many of you have read Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House? This is the opening paragraph:

In case you need a “cool” factor here and Stephen King talking up Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House as the best haunted house story ever doesn’t do it for you, consider that hotshot fantasy film director Guillermo del Toro chose Hill House as one of the books he would “curate” for Penguin Classics. So find out what the director of Pan’s Labyrinth knows that you don’t. (I’m not linking to the Amazon page because Amazon doesn’t do the affiliate program here in Colorado. Sorry.)