Shirley Jackson plays mind games with the reader :)
Some people find this too subtle as a horror book, but it leaves a lot to your imagination and can be very effective, and scary. The Netflix series with the same title really has very little in common with the book: the series uses character names from the book, and a few of the supernatural elements, and is okay on its own, but is not an adaption of the book.
One of the best gothic horror books of all time. Creepy and suspenseful.
A creepy thriller and a great psychological portrait of a lonely woman. I came to this after seeing the 1963 movie adaptation. Both are marvelous!
This is a definitely creepy story. I wouldn't it consider it really scary however it was a good read!
Creepy and satisfying. I loved how the author seemed to turn thoughts around and look deep inside the character's (especially Eleanor's head). I've always loved haunted house stories, but there is so much psychological about this one.
I hope you love the word planchette, because you're about to hear it 6 billion times.
This really isn't a scary story where you want to sleep with the lights on. This story is more about a woman showing psycho tendencies and how those manifest themselves in a possessed house.
The one thing that bothered me throughout the story was the way the characters made light of all of the paranormal activity in the house. The very reason they were there was to help Dr. Montague with his research, but they seemed very indifferent to the unusual activity happening during their stay.
If you want to be scared, this really isn't the book to get there. If you want to read about strange human behavior, then this might take you there.
I was really excited about this book. I usually like the classic genre, in general. But I found this kinda boring. I got around 75% of the book read, and then just no interest to finish it.
lizbachelder thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 99
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