Stephen King has heaped praise on the new Netflix horror The Haunting of Hill House.
The television series was created by Mike Flanagan and based on the 1959 novel of the same name written by Shirley Jackson. The first season, which was released earlier this month, consists of ten episodes telling the story of five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America.
Based in the summer of 1992, the five children and their parents Hugh and Olivia Crain, experience a series of paranormal occurrences and tragic loss. Flipping between the past and the present, the family reunite in 2018, 26 years after the hauntings, and face their “inner demons”.
Reacting to the series, iconic horror author Steven King couldn’t hold back his admiration: “I don’t usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. Close to a work of genius, really. I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure,” he wrote on social media.
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, revised and remodeled by Mike Flanagan. I don't usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. Close to a work of genius, really. I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 17, 2018