A Book To Put You In The Mood (not THAT mood)

This year, there are only a few houses in my neighborhood that are decorated for Halloween. I didn’t go all out. I put up a flag, a wreath and some garden stakes. Enough for a kid to know that the house will have candy come Halloween night.

Everyone is blaming the economy but I just think it came on way too fast this year. Along with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are already lining the store shelves. I know because today I tried to buy a costume accessory for myself and there was hardly anything left but there was plenty of Christmas stuff.

My point? Oh yeah… there is one.

When the holidays roll around, do you find yourself reaching for holiday reads to get you into the mood? One of my favorite ghost stories is Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. Here’s the blurb from Barnes and Noble:

“First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House 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 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 Haunting of Hill House is a classic and has been made into many movies. None of which, in my opinion, equal the book so if you saw the movie and thought, “what a load of hooey!”, then you were probably right in thinking that. In fact, I give you permission to think that.

I’ve read it many times and each time it gets creepier. If you have time this weekend, go to the library and check it out. It will definitely raise your Halloween spirits (no pun intended).

8 thoughts on “A Book To Put You In The Mood (not THAT mood)”

  1. I haven’t decorated of Halloween (except for a jack-o-lantern) since our son left home. We will have candy, though. No, I generally don’t read holiday books.

  2. I just finished this book! I loved it. In fact I have become a little obsessed with Shirley Jackson.:) I also read We Have Always Lived In The Castle and a collection of her short stories in the last month.

  3. Ti, this sounds like a perfect Halloween read. Thanks for the recommendation. I love books that just get better each time you re-read them.Shana< HREF="http://blog.literarily.com" REL="nofollow">Literarily<>

  4. I don’t decorate but many of the homes in my neighborhood have scarecrows. I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle recently and am eagerly awaiting Something Wicked This Way Comes. I’m currently reading The Lace Reader which is based in Salem, Mass – so sort of Halloweeny. I usually don’t read by season; just this year! The cover of your book here is great.

  5. You know I do usually reach for Christmas reads but not usually Halloween. I do want to read this book though but I don’t think I’ll have time this Halloween-it’s right around the corner. As for decorations, our neighborhood usually has a lot up and this year I’ve seen nothing. Maybe more will come up this week.

  6. Haven’t read this book yet but it sounds like a great read! It does seem like Halloween snuck up on us this year. I don’t usually do much in the way of decorating, but this year, hubby hung some singing witch on the front door. Went and got my daughter’s costume a couple weeks ago, and things were picked out. At least she got what she wanted.–Anna< HREF="http://diaryofaneccentric.blogspot.com/" REL="nofollow">Diary of an Eccentric<>

  7. I am a non-decorator. I grew up in a family that didn’t get terribly into holidays and I turned out the same way, so did my husband. I am definitely going to read this book!

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