Friday, March 29, 2013

Horror 101: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and WITCH HOUSE

The next edition of "Horror 101" for Tales to Terrify is up, and this time - in an episode whimsically entitled "It's Alive!" - I'm looking at houses that seem to have a frightening, foreboding sentience, haunting wills of their own. 

This time around, we're looking at the seminal The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and Witch House, by Evangeline Walton. Heads up to writer J. F. Gonzalez for directing me towards Witch House in his quarterly Horror History column in Lamplight Magazine I know I'm prejudiced - because my serial novella has been featured there - but you should check JF's column. Definitely must-read material for aspiring horror writers. 

I'm still ferreting out which books I'm going to feature next time, but at this point, I think I'm going to examine the development of the gothic novel, as it evolved in its separate - but related - branch. 

The works I'm considering for this are, once again, Shirley Jackson in her wonderful We Have Always Lived in the Castle; some Young Adult fare in Blackbriar, by William Sleator and The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare, and maybe even The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, by Laird Koenig. 

And hey, until next time: KEEP READING!