I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.
I have read horror longer than any other genre and this is the book I judge horror books by. It's the book that began my fascination with psychological terror. My fascination with ghosts and all things paranormal originated from living in a haunted house, but I think this book intensified it greatly.
I first encountered The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics) - Shirley Jackson when I was about 10 years old and it was the 1963 movie version that my sister talked me into watching. I had nightmares for weeks after. Despite that, I loved it. The 1963 movie is incredibly scary, but I think the book is even scarier. I read it 4 years after seeing the movie for the first time. Before that I didn't realize a book could scare me that much. And it's not so much the ghosties that scare me, it's more Eleanor's psychological isolation. Ms. Jackson had quite a gift for creating tension in her characters.
I love We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) - Shirley Jackson as well but I think The Haunting of Hill House is a masterpiece and I think I could read it a hundred times and it would still scare the snot out of me.
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