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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley JacksonThe Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson was originally published in 1959 before being being turned into two movies and (soon) a Netflix series. After terrorizing students for years with her short story, “The Lottery,” I became intrigued by this novel when a friend read it for a book club. A year later, I’m happy to say that I finished the novel, and in two readings nonetheless. The night I started it, I stopped reading it when I was about 80 pages in because I could tell something terrifying was about to happen, and I didn’t want to be up all night either reading it or worrying about ghosts.

The novel has a relatively small cast of characters: Dr. John Montague, a paranormal scientist; Eleanor Vance (Nell) a shy woman of 32 who has taken care of her mother for the last 11 years; Theodora (Theo) who seems to possess some sort of telepathic or psychic abilities; and Luke Sanderson who is the heir to the house, a charming rake, and whose aunt seems to want to get rid of him. If four people from diverse backgrounds staying overnight in a haunted mansion where terrible events took place seems trite, don’t blame Jackson: she invented these tropes. As much as I hate horror movies, I absolutely love terror in books, and Jackson’s novel is a slow, atmospheric build. Once events start happening you know that it’s already out of control, and many questions remain unanswered at the end of the novel.

The Question of Eleanor and Theodora

One of the main questions that I ended the novel with is about Eleanor and Theodora; are they in love? I talked about “lesbian disruptions” in my The Return of the Soldier writeup, but this is something more. Eleanor is the shy mousy girl in the story, she’s living with her sister, Carrie, and her brother-in-law three months after her mother, who she was forced to take care of, died. She hated her mother, and kind of slept through her mother’s demand for medicine, which may have been what killed her. Oops! At 32 years old we get the impression that she’s never had a boyfriend or relationship of any kind, and that she sees herself as essentially unwanted. She has a wild, immersive imagination that fills the beginning sections of the novel, and she covers up the banality of her own life with pieces of these early daydreams. It’s only at the end of the novel that she reveals that she truly has no place to go home to, and it’s crushing.

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Zombuki Dal Flamingo … Nearly Done!

   

Eeeee! I’m so excited, the newest Zombuki Dal (of which there are too few, I feel) is on the verge of completion! Above you can see her 99% complete, sealed and everything, just needing eyelashes and assembly. Her eyelashes are waiting for the glue to dry as I type and then she can be put back together. Expect photos of her complete tomorrow. Now she just needs a name …

Halloween Week 2009, Monday

Gothic Resin Necklaces

Happy Halloween Week everyone. I think that Halloween is probably the only holiday I actually purposefully design a collection for, but that’s just because it’s such a freaking awesome holiday! I also wanted to make things that weren’t just for Halloween but any time someone wanted to dress up like something, even if that dress up happens every single day. I’m planning on starting out with Gothic Lolita slash Vampire slash Red Queen goodies and work my way toward Sweet Lolita slash Princess as the week goes by.

Today I added two of my favorite pieces to the shop, the Silver Crown and Cross Set, which comes with a cross cameo ring, and Red Crown Orb Necklace. They’re both big, bold pieces that come on longer chains, since the little chains just weren’t the right proportion (in my opinion).

Looking forward to adding lots and lots more as the week goes by/ There’s almost certainly going to be multiple posts on most days, incidentally, especially because Crane Wife, the newest Zombuki, was finished last night, and is just screaming for photos.

Happy Monday! Here’s to a good week.

Update: There resin necklaces are no longer available. Thank you for your support!