This week my teaser lines come from The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson's classic horror novel first published in 1959. One of my favorite novels; I've read it and re-read it over the years, and I'm thinking of reading it again this year, for both the Back to the Classics challenge and the RIP reading event. This snippet is the last paragraph of Chapter 1:
The house was vile. She shivered and thought, the words coming freely into her mind, Hill House is vile, it is diseased; get away from here at once.
The book has been reissued over and over again, with different cover designs. My first copy, back in the '60s had this cover -- a tie-in with the 1963 film starring Julie Harris and Claire Bloom:
And here's a wonderful cover on a new edition Penguin is bringing out this fall. Definitely a book I'd buy for the cover alone:
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