Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Book review: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson (Reposted)


THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE (1959) by Shirley Jackson

I had heard many good things about this novel - Stephen King has praised it - and I had seen the movie adaptations before I finally read it. (Haven't seen the Netflix series, though.)

And I think it's a remarkable piece of fiction - a successful fusion of psychological horror and the "haunted house" story.

The novel centers around the character Eleanor, who starts out with a clear hint of mental problems... and grows increasingly unhinged as she stays in the haunted Hill House. Somehow Hill House comes to haunt Eleanor, until she loses her mind. How this happens is never really explained, but it works perfectly as an uncanny tale.

One detail struck me: Even for a novel written in the late 1950s, all the characters have way too good manners. No one swears, whatever happens - and they're Americans! (I've grown so used to Americans cursing all the "effing" time...)

A recurring theme in THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is parental issues. Eleanor seems to have been psychologically damaged by having to take care of her sick mother. Hill House was designed by a terrifying, creepy father figure. One character laments that he "never had a mother." I leave it to you to figure out how the parental issues are woven into the haunted house itself...

Another striking subtext - not a value judgment, just an observation - is how "gay" the principal characters are. Not one of the male characters seem the least bit sexually interested in women, but the female ones flirt with each other repeatedly and become infatuated with each other.

(I'm not sure how important this subtext is to the story. In any case I assume it was too sensitive for 1950s audiences and had to be "masked" somewhat.)

As for the ghosts, the reader never gets to see them. Rather it is the house itself that is evil.

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is both a psychological thriller about a disturbed, lonely person and a weird, modern ghost story. It will make a lasting impression on you. Highly recommended.

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Monday, October 09, 2023

ArtStation Portfolio Open!

I have opened a portfolio page on Artstation.com where you can see a showcase of my work:


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Friday, October 06, 2023

FREE EBOOK WEEKEND: "The Argus Project" (Complete Science Fiction Novel)



My old space-opera novel THE ARGUS PROJECT is available for FREE ebook download from Friday, October 6, PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) to the end of October 8, 2023.
(NOTE: In European time zones, the offer lasts until Oct.9.)
In the distant future, Planet Earth has become the seat of an interplanetary empire. It wages war on its own colonies to gain control of the Solar System and its precious energy resources.
Two lovers are caught up in this colossal power struggle. They join forces to win back their freedom... and each other. In their way stands the military forces of an entire empire... and the last politician.
This complete 100,000-word science fiction novel has previously been released as a Web serial.

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Sunday, September 17, 2023




September 22-24, 2023 (Pacific Daylight Time):
Download my "paranormal crime" story
for free. Follow this link:

For lovers of "The X-Files" and weird fiction. NOTE: This offer valid until September 25 in European time zones.

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Thursday, August 24, 2023

BLOOD & SWINE: A Comedy of Terrors

Meet your new boss.

He's a PIG. 



For real...

BLOOD & SWINE: A Comedy of Terrors

Buy the book here:


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Merch For Sale!

Merch For Sale!

My merch shop is now offering "Captain Ishtar" t-shirts and posters of various sizes. Go to:

The title Captain Ishtar Vs. the Federation's Most Wanted is a C64 retro game in the works - not yet released. It's the sequel to Captain Ishtar, released in 2022 by Psytronik Software (UK). Read more about these game projects on my Patreon page: Patreon.com/ARYngve

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