Saturday, October 30, 2021

If you liked “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson...


If you're looking for a haunted house story, "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson has the top spot. But if you've already read that one, here are three recommendations for others you might enjoy.

"Mexican Gothic" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It’s the 1950s and glamorous debutante Noemi Taboada just received a panicked letter from her newly-wed cousin, begging to be saved from a mysterious doom. The strong-willed heroine goes off immediately to rescue her cousin and quickly becomes entangled in the eerie house and its inhabitants. As Noemi digs into the secrets of the estate and its residents, she finds it hard to trust even the one person she has found as an ally. She faces dreams of blood and finds stories of violence and madness just under the surface of the estate threatening to keep her within its walls.

"Home Before Dark" by Riley Sager

This book is more thriller than horror, but the creepiness factors abound! After her father’s death, Maggie Holt is moving back to her childhood home — the one she and her family fled from after learning it was haunted. But she doesn’t believe in ghosts anymore and is set on renovating it before putting it on the market. The story alternates chapter’s between Maggie’s experiences in the house and her father’s memoir that came out after the haunting. It has the reader wondering what’s really hiding within the house’s walls.

"House of Leaves" by Mark Danielewski

This isn't your average straightforward book, it's a whole experience. It's difficult to read and has its fair share of readers who loved or hated the book, without much in between. Formatted like a textbook chronicling the enigmatic "Navidson Record," on a subtly creepy house that is larger on the inside than it appears on the outside, the fictional author begins to descend into insanity of his own. As the text goes on, annotations go off on mad tangents telling stories of their own and pages turn sideways, some with only a few sentences printed on them. This is one book that's not for the easily deterred.

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