Title Profile & Character Information

The Haunting

Annotation
The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre.

First published in 1959 under the title The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson's beloved novel has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomena called "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers--and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
 
"Makes your blood chill and your scalp prickle. . . . Shirley Jackson is the master of the haunted tale."--The New York Times Book Review

Characters
NameVance, Eleanor
GenderFemale
TraitsLoner
Shy

NameMontague, John
GenderMale
OccupationOccult scholar

NameTheodora
GenderFemale
OccupationAssistant

NameLuke
GenderMale
TraitsAristocrat
Wealthy
Adventurer
Heir

GenreHorror
Psychological
Gothic
Fiction
TopicsSupernatural phenomena
Ghosts
Fear of the unknown
SettingEstate
Haunted house
Hill House
Strange, foreboding mansion