Hill House itself, not sane, stood against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, its walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

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Welcome to the encyclopedic horror/supernatural mind of Guillermo del Toro.

This is precisely why our editorial director asked him to work on our Penguin Horror Series — and then expecting a few solid pages, found herself amazed with twenty two.

From Pan’s Labryinth  to The Shining to The Birds, this thing has it all. Del Toro even shows off his knowledge of Simpsons history with classic references like the three-eyed fish. Nevertheless, we’re still waiting for the Criterion Collection cut with audio commentary accounting for all the allusions. Leave it to del Toro to bring back the kind of cultural commentary which made The Simpsons a Classic all  those years ago.