Since its original publication in 1959, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson has become the quintessential benchmark in American gothic horror. The classic novel has not only engrossed and enthralled millions of readers but continues to serve as a source of inspiration for countless authors who hope to live up to even a fraction of its prose. “I think there are few, if any descriptive passages in the English language anyfiner than this,” Stephen King once wrote, referring to the opening paragraph of The Haunting of Hill House. “It is the sort of quiet epiphany every writer hopes for: Words that somehow transcend the sum of the parts. Shirley Jackson’s Hill House is as nearly perfect a haunted-house tale as I have ever read. [One of] the only great novels of the supernatural in the last hundred years.”
Hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror, The Haunting of Hill House chronicles the story of four strangers who agree to stay at the notoriously unfriendly Hill House: Dr. Montague, a scholar of the supernatural and the occult; Theodora, a flamboyant artist; Eleanor, a fragile recluse who claims past experience with poltergeists; and Luke, the young heir to the 80-year old mansion. Inexplicable events occur as the guests struggle to disguise their mounting fears that Hill House too is more than the sum of its parts; more than mere brick, wood, and stone. As the hours turn to days, Hill House seems to its latest inhabitants to be a kind of live, breathing organism. Having disturbed the house’s long hibernation of isolation, the guests begin to dread the inevitable – that Hill House will take one of them as its own. “My goal is to create an edition of The Haunting of Hill House that will not only be a pleasure to read, but also an art object unto itself,” says Paul Suntup, owner and founder of Suntup Editions. “By working with some of the most talented artisans in the field of bookmaking, utilizing some of the finest materials, I will create an edition of this classic novel that respects and honors Shirley Jackson’s literary masterpiece, and be admired and cherished for generations.”
About The Edition:
Authorized by Laurence Hyman, Shirley Jackson’s son, the Limited Edition of The Haunting of Hill House is presented in two states: a Numbered edition and a Lettered edition. Both editions measure 6” x 9” and feature six new black & white pencil illustrations by Stephen Gervais as well as one full-color fold-out illustration. Stephen’s critically acclaimed work includes the Donald M. Grant edition of Christine by Stephen King. The editions include a new introduction by Ruth Franklin, author of A Rather Haunted Life, the award-winning biography of Shirley Jackson. Both editions feature reproductions of sketches by Shirley Jackson, entertaining and enlightening readers as to how she saw Hill House as she was writing it. The editions are signed by both Stephen Gervais and Ruth Franklin.
The Numbered edition ($350) is limited to 195 copies, the first 185 of which are for sale and numbered in black. The remaining 10 copies are numbered in red and reserved for private distribution. It is a full Japanese cloth, smyth-sewn binding featuring a unique die-cut front cover, revealing the patterned endpapers below, and a leather foil-stamped spine label. The edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Superfine Eggshell paper, and is housed in a custom clamshell box covered with a wood grain paper. A cast iron key escutcheon is inset into the front cover of the box.
The lettered edition ($2,500) is limited to 26 copies for sale, lettered A-Z. It is printed letterpress on Cranes Lettra Pearl White cotton paper and is a handbound Bradel binding. The front and back boards are covered with black Canson papers that are hand stamped with ferns in multiple iridescent colors, then marbled using a traditional small stone pattern, and are made exclusively for this edition. The spine is bound in leather. The book is housed in a custom handmade clamshell box, featuring wood grain paper and a brass key escutcheon.
Publication is scheduled for December 2018 and will be available for pre-order at https://shop.suntup.press from 9am Pacific time on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018.