Hill House is back and haunting as ever in this vividly imagined return to Shirley Jackson's iconic setting. Elizabeth Hand weaves eerie beauty into the genuine terror lurking in her pages, crafting some of the most striking scares I've read in years. This book gave me the best kind of nightmares.
The lines of paranoia, art, and reality are terrifyingly blurred for our group of hungry and damaged actors cloistered within the mouldering walls of Hill House. Only the brilliant Elizabeth Hand could so expertly honor Jackson's rage, wit, and vision with a 21st century twist. The old place is as creepy, disorienting, and menacing as ever.
I absolutely loved A Haunting on the Hill, which snared me with its terrifying opening and relinquished me only on the very last page. Huge boots to fill, but Elizabeth Hand rose to the challenge with her darkly complex characters and a novel dripping in atmosphere and intrigue.
A Haunting on the Hill is as unnerving and disorienting as Hill House itself, a place where evil lurks behind every door. I was completely gripped by this terrifying and original tale.
Genuinely sinister and beautifully written, with a real sense of depth to the folklore and theatrical inspiration.
If there's a spirit medium gifted enough to evoke the ghost of Shirley Jackson, it's surely Elizabeth Hand, whose startling, original body of work I've long admired. A Haunting on the Hill is not a simple act of ventriloquism, but a true marriage of minds, and I believe Ms. Jackson would have been proud to be the inspiration for this smart and chilling return to the Hill House estate.
Evocative and unsettling, A Haunting on the Hill captures the essence of the original whilst offering something brand new.
If there's a writer you can trust with this formidable task, it's the wildly talented Elizabeth Hand. A Haunting on the Hill is an admirable successor to The Haunting of Hill House, alike in spirit but never trying to simply repeat what Shirley Jackson did in her classic novel. Creepy, tragic, and, yes, haunting. I tore through this novel, getting lost in the pages, drawn back into the mysteries of Hill House and enjoying every moment I was there.
A Haunting on the Hill is a fever dream of a novel, very much in the same spirit of The Haunting of Hill House, but also entirely its own entity. It's brilliantly imagined, unsettling, cloying and claustrophobic and downright terrifying.
Beautifully creepy with the same claustrophobic intensity and sense of impending doom of the original, but at the same time with a great sense of progression, of the house having evolved over the years. It's so vivid, full of totemic menace and with a heart-in-your-mouth, can't-look-away frisson.
Eerily beautiful, strangely seductive, and genuinely upsetting: welcome back to Hill House. I recommend reading only in strong daylight, and never alone.
Scary and beautifully written, imbued with the same sense of dread and inevitability as Jackson's original, A Haunting on the Hill is quite extraordinary. It's not pastiche, not ventriloquism. It puts me strongly in mind of a singer you love covering a song by another artist. It's that song but now it's being done by someone else. Remarkable.
A Haunting on the Hill is absolutely captivating-a book that you'll want to climb inside and love forever, until the moment you realize it's too late to escape
There are - fittingly - echoes of the original which will satisfy fans but it is Elizabeth Hand's understanding of the folklore threaded through Jackson's work that gives this wonderfully creepy novel much of its power. The story is resolutely contemporary, the world has moved on and the events of Dr Montague's investigation are long forgotten; but Hill House remains unchanged, no more sane now than it was sixty years ago. It's a superb book, a subtle and deeply unnerving ghost story; entirely of itself and recognisably of Jackson's world.