Hill House Deep Dive

181 – Haunting Hill House, with Catriona Ward, Johnny Compton & Paul Tremblay

Finally, i’m ready to delve into the greatest haunted house of them all! Shirley Jackson’s Hill House. The place where the scary things walk alone.

Thankfully, I am not alone. I’m joined by my own group of creepy ghost-hunters: Paul Tremblay (A Head Full of Ghosts, Cabin at the End of the World), Johnny Compton (The Spite House) and Catriona Ward (Last House on Needless StreetLooking Glass Sound). I can think of no better collective to explore the corridors of this book and house.

We get into it! The crafted magic of that infamous opening paragraph, the long legacy of creepy houses in American fiction, the choice between the haunted void and hideous, mundane reality. Plus, a raft of film recommendations, and a few brief forays into our favourite real haunted places.

This one was necessary. Hope you enjoy it.

Other books mentioned:

  • House of Leaves (2000), by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Carrie (1974), by Stephen King
  • ‘Salem’s Lot (1975), by Stephen King
  • The Shining (1977),  by Stephen King
  • The Spite House (2023), by Johnny Compton
  • The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers (1983), by John Gardner
  • The Letters of Shirley Jackson (2021), edited by Laurence Jackson Hyman
  • When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson (2021), ed. by Ellen Datlow
  • “Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad” (1904), by M.R. James

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