RIP IX Readalong: The Haunting of Hill House

“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.” —first paragraph

It’s almost that time! Carl’s RIP IX event is just around the corner, and The Estella Society is back with special guest, Amanda from Fig and Thistle, and another festive fall readalong. This time we’re reading the classic novella, The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson.



Sign ups “officially” begin September 1, 2014, but we’re fudging a bit and making them available now. We will actually discuss the book on October 1, 2014, so you have a month to get this slim volume finished.

We will post some discussion questions here on October 1, but feel free to write your own blog post, using our questions or not, and link up beginning that day. And if you’re in the mood to Tweet about it, use the #ripix hashtag!

56 thoughts on “RIP IX Readalong: The Haunting of Hill House

  1. Oh, I love R.I.P. season and a good readalong! Hopefully things will have settled down for me by then and I can sink into a good, spooky book!

  2. Was this a movie? A few years back, my roommates and I watched this creepy old movie that gave me nightmares for weeks, but now I can never actually remember what the movie was called. This sounds really familiar though. Anyway, all that to say that I am definitely in!

  3. Ooh, I’m in! I’ve been wanting to read more Shirley Jackson since I read a novel about her earlier this summer (Shirley: A Novel, by Susan Scarf Merrell. It was only a so-so book for me, but it stoked my interest in Jackson . . . I haven’t read her since high school, so that’s eons ago). This will be my first read-along, too!

  4. I don’t have a blog to link to, but stopped by to say I talked dh into reading this one with me, and I look forward to joining in the conversation. Thanks for organizing!

  5. So in — this is one of my wife’s favorite books — Jackson is a favorite author (so much so, she researched and designed her own tour of North Bennington to find sites from Jackson’s life!). I’m glad to get some fun reads in before the baby arrives — who knows when I’ll be able to focus on a book again!

  6. I’m so glad I’m able to participate this year. I am a bit on the tardy side of things because I just ordered my Penguin today. But never fear, I’ll weigh in before the end of the month and I’ll so enjoy reading other participants’ comments. I can’t believe I’ve never read this classic!
    Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)

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