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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
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Nov 09, 2011

it was ok
Read from November 09 to 19, 2011

As Worcester, Massachusetts received a foot of snow on October 31st, I couldn't help but feel that my Halloween had been snatched away from me. Winter had leapt ahead, leaving that macabre holiday out. In order to combat this loss I read a couple Edgar Allan Poe short stories and began Shirley Jackson's creepy classic, The Haunting of Hill House. This novel started spectacularly. I was hooked by the odd disturbances and the bizarre cast of characters. I was certain that my missed holiday was being redeemed. I was expecting the sort of ending one expects from a classic horror story: a good one. Unfortunately, as I closed the book for the last time the expression on my face was far from satisfied. There was no enormous twist, no shocking climax, merely a disappointing, confusing let down. As far as creepy books go, I'm going to stick with Edgar Allan. At least his insane characters are cohesive.
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message 1: by Alec (new)

Alec Abernathy Again...first name basis: Edgar Allen.

message 2: by Alec (new)

Alec Abernathy *Allan

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