Since I had seen the original movie (the b/w version of The Haunting), I was able to visualize the characters based on that. But I don't think the book alone would have brought the images as much to life. For example the first manifestation of the pounding on the door was extremely vivid in the movie, but I didn't get the same sense from reading the book.
I was more afraid reading the book than the "recent" movie. If you are into thrillers, this will is a good one.
With all the hype I was expecting a book that would give me chills. While it was an interesting (if quick) read, I didn't think it was scary at all. This is one of the very few times that I have actually preferred a movie version to the book itself.
This book was originally titled as "The Haunting of Hill House," and written in 1959. A professor and three others stay in this haunted house to study the psychic phenomena within the house. Creepy, dark, and the standard of all haunted house stories. Highly recommended!
I have not been this scared reading a book since I read The Shining three years ago. Excellent story, with interesting characters, Shirley Jackson writes so well, and her descriptions are so eerie. This is really a classic.