“An evil old house, the kind some call haunted, is like an unknown land waiting to be explored.”

“The Haunting of Hill House is a 1959 Gothic horror novel by American author Shirley Jackson. A National Book Award finalist and considered one of the best literary ghost stories published in the 20th century, it was adapted into two feature films and one play, and forms the basis of a Netflix series. Jackson’s novel relies on terror rather than horror to elicit emotion in the reader, using complex relationships between the mysterious events of the house and the psyche of the characters. – Wikipedia

Shirley Jackson was the breadwinner at a time when wives were supposed to be strictly housewives. Jackson did her duty to raise the children, but she used her free time to write or think about writing. The very successful Haunting of Hill House was dedicated to Leonard Brown, his professor of English at Syracuse University. The supernatural horror novel was not only a success, it is widely regarded as one of the best ghost stories ever written. His notable works were The Lottery, Life Among the Savages, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and The Haunting of Hill House.

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The Haunting of Hill House was a television miniseries as well as a 1963 film known in The Haunting. Watch the official trailer on IMDB –

Tagline for The Haunting – “An evil old house, the kind some call haunted, is like an unknown land waiting to be explored. Hill House had been standing for 90 years and could be 90 more. Silence hung over him. wood and stone of Hill House, and everything that walked in it walked alone.

The atmosphere at Hill House was almost like extra weight circling the body. It couldn’t be seen, but it could be felt. It is this sense of dread and pressure that the actors of the in-house version of Lakewood Playhouse hope to convey in their production of The Haunting of Hill House. The play runs from January 14 to February 6. Tickets are available – tix6.centerstageticketing.com/sites/lakewoodplayhouse/

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