Stuck at home? ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ is a twisted pleasure

'The Haunting of Hill House'

‘The Haunting of Hill House’ by Shirley Jackson, Viking, 1959, 246 pages

Sixty years after its publication, “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson remains as absorbing — and as frightening — as it ever was.

The novel’s plot is Jackson’s version of the old warhorse about a group of guests having to deal with possible psychic goings-on within a house that has come to be the focal point of more than a few distasteful rumors over the years — 80 years, in the case of Hill House.