Viking Press published 'The Haunting of Hill House' in 1959 and it was immediately hailed as one of the best novels of the year, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Over the years the novel’s legacy has grown. Its influence has been huge on Caitlín R. Kiernan, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman (who called it the scariest novel he’d ever read) and Peter Straub, and it is now generally regarded as the greatest novel in the history of the horror genre.
'The Haunting of Hill House' is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly place called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “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.
The Centipede Press edition of Shirley Jackson’s 'The Haunting of Hill House' is an oversize (7¾ × 12¾ inches) edition with the following features:
Six color interiors, endpapers, dustjacket, and numerous black & white spot illustrations by Matt Mahurin. New introduction by Caitlín R. Kiernan. Excerpt from 'Danse Macabre' by Stephen King. Bonus essay, “Experience and Fiction”, by Shirley Jackson. New afterword by Laurence Hyman, Shirley Jackson’s son, talking about the novel and growing up in the Jackson household. A selection of drawings of the Hill House houseplans by Shirley Jackson. Printed endpapers, cloth slipcase, top-edge stain and ribbon marker, hand-tipped illustrations, heavy paper, and other extras. Each copy is signed by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Matt Mahurin.