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Hell House Can any soul survive Regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, Belasco House has witnessed scenes of almost unimaginable horror and depravity Two previous expeditions to investigate its secrets met with disaster, the participants destroyed by murder, suicide or insanity Now a new investigation has been mounted four strangers, each with his or her own reason for daring the unknown torments and temptations of the mansion

  • Hardcover
  • 301 pages
  • Hell House
  • Richard Matheson
  • English
  • 22 March 2019
  • 0727860992

About the Author: Richard Matheson

Born in Allendale, New Jersey to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943 He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier In 1949 he earned his bachelor s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951 He married in 1952 and has four children, three of whom Chris, Richard Christian, and Ali Matheson are writers of fiction and screenplays.His first short story, Born of Man and Woman, appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950 The tale of a monstrous child chained in its parents cellar, it was told in the first person as the creature s diary in poignantly non idiomatic English and immediately made Matheson famous Between 1950 and 1971, Matheson produced dozens of stories, frequently blending elements of the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres.Several of his stories, like Third from the Sun 1950 , Deadline 1959 and Button, Button 1970 are simple sketches with twist endings others, like Trespass 1953 , Being 1954 and Mute 1962 explore their characters dilemmas over twenty or thirty pages Some tales, such as The Funeral 1955 and The Doll that Does Everything 1954 incorporate zany satirical humour at the expense of genre clich s, and are written in an hysterically overblown prose very different from Matheson s usual pared down style Others, like The Test 1954 and Steel 1956 , portray the moral and physical struggles of ordinary people, rather than the then nearly ubiquitous scientists and superheroes, in situations which are at once futuristic and everyday Still others, such as Mad House 1953 , The Curious Child 1954 and perhaps most famously, Duel 1971 are tales of paranoia, in which the everyday environment of the present day becomes inexplicably alien or threatening.He wrote a number of episodes for the American TV series The Twilight Zone, including Steel, mentioned above and the famous Nightmare at 20,000 Feet adapted the works of Edgar Allan Poe for Roger Corman and Dennis Wheatley s The Devil Rides Out for Hammer Films and scripted Steven Spielberg s first feature, the TV movie Duel, from his own short story He also contributed a number of scripts to the Warner Brothers western series The Lawman between 1958 and 1962 In 1973, Matheson earned an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his teleplay for The Night Stalker, one of two TV movies written by Matheson that preceded the series Kolchak The Night Stalker Matheson also wrote the screenplay for Fanatic US title Die Die My Darling starring Talullah Bankhead and Stefanie Powers.Novels include The Shrinking Man filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man, again from Matheson s own screenplay , and a science fiction vampire novel, I Am Legend, which has been filmed three times under the titles The Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth and once under the original title Other Matheson novels turned into notable films include What Dreams May Come, Stir of Echoes, Bid Time Return as Somewhere in Time , and Hell House as The Legend of Hell House and the aforementioned Duel, the last three adapted and scripted by Matheson himself Three of his short stories were filmed together as Trilogy of Terror, including Prey with its famous Zuni warrior doll.In 1960, Matheson published The Beardless Warriors, a nonfantastic, autobiographical novel about teenage American soldiers in World War II.He died at his home on June 23, 2013, at the age of 87http us.macmillan.com author richar



10 thoughts on “Hell House

  1. says:

    For years I have been a fan of Richard Matheson, without ever becoming a dedicated reader of his fiction I learned early that he was one of the two best writers not counting Rod Serling for Twilight Zone the other being Charles Beaumont and this led me to look out for his short stories and novels and read them when they came my way I particularly admired his chilling stories Nightmare at 20,000 ft Twilight Zone Shatner menaced by gremlin on plane , Prey featuring a doll called He Who For years I have been a fan of Richard Matheson, without ever becoming a dedicated reader of his fiction I learned early that he was one of the two best writers not counting Rod Serling for Twilight Zone the other being Charles Beaumont and this led me to look out for his short stories and novels and read them when they came my way I particularly admired his chilling stories Nightmare at 20,000 ft Twilight Zone Shatner menaced by gremlin on plane , Prey featuring a doll called He Who Kills , and the novels I am Legend and A Stir of Echoes, the first a tale of apocalyptic terror and the second a contemporary suburban ghost story I also began to realize that Matheson was our finest writer of horror screenplays in the 60 s the best of the Corman Poe series, each of them different in tone an atmospheric Usher, a Jacobean Pit and Pendulum, a sweetly comic Raven and my two favorite Hammer films Die Die My Darlingand The Devil Rides Out So I was surprised to find that Hell House began to bore me about half way through, and although the compulsively readable prose kept me going exhausted and dismayed me at its end.Part of this is because of the kind of reader I am, for I love terror but view horror with both interest and suspicion Terror is implicit, a creation of metaphor and atmosphere horror is explicit, a product of detail and effect For me, terror is the meal, and horror is the salt and the spices Use horror, certainly, for it keeps terror from becoming tasteless, but sprinkle it lightly or soon you will have an inedible concoction on your hands Also, I believe that the short story is the most effective vehicle for terror because it compels the writer to concentrate on a single effect and use his horror judiciously The novel, because of its length, tends to do the opposite.Matheson is too good a craftsman to completely ruin his terror with horror, but I think in Hell House he comes close The book begins well enough, with an atmospheric investigation of the old house and an absorbing narrative of its history, including the career of its owner, the evil Emeric Belasco, but then about a third of the way through poltergeist phenomena starts to occur Soon the sexual attacks begin, first as tentative bitings and gropings much of it prurient, inflicted on a medium who is described as a big breasted, beautiful former movie star And then there is of course the cat attack, the cache of pornographic polaroids, various superficial wounds, etc Stillthan a hundred pages to go, and the reader is shocked and horrified already So what does Matheson do He doubles down.In writing, literal descriptions of horror operate much like the detailed relations of sexual or violent acts both of which come to think of it they often contain A little surprises and shocks us,than a page or two bores us, and three pages ormakes us laugh even against our will, for an extensive delineation of horror inevitably becomes an unconscious parody of the effects the writer wishes to achieve The last third of Hell House often merited my involuntary laughter And by the end of the book I was so thoroughly bored that I almost failed to register the fizzle of its ineffective ending Still, there are some excellent thrills here If you unlike me value horror above terror, you may find a lot here to like

  2. says:

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Hell House is the sexually awkward tale of a haunted house that can t even bother to be haunted until the book is nearly over Dr Barrett has been hired by a wealthy, dying man to investigate one of the most haunted houses known to man Hell House Along with his wife and two professional mediums, Dr Barrett packs up his scientific gear and embarks to the long abandoned house to settle the question onc Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Hell House is the sexually awkward tale of a haunted house that can t even bother to be haunted until the book is nearly over Dr Barrett has been hired by a wealthy, dying man to investigate one of the most haunted houses known to man Hell House Along with his wife and two professional mediums, Dr Barrett packs up his scientific gear and embarks to the long abandoned house to settle the question once and for all Do ghosts actually exist Perhaps the most physically chilling aspect of the house is that all of its windows have been bricked up, so the interior is cast in eternal gloom It s reputation, however, is the most terrifying aspect of allIt s the Mount Everest of haunted houses, you might say There were two attempts to investigate it, one in 1931, the other in 1940 Both were disasters Eight people involved in those attempts were killed, committed suicide, or went insane Only one survived, and I have no idea how sound he isThere s nothing fancy about the prose in this book, which is fine It s a quick and easy read, driven forward by the author s keen use of dialogue Even when very little is happening, the natural flow of conversation keeps the story moving at a steady pace The book does, however, have what is perhaps the most poorly constructed sentence yet encountered Tongues of flame leaped upward crackingly. Hell House may have beensuitable under the category of mystery rather than horror , because so much of the book has to do with the question of whether or not Dr Barrett can solve the mystery of the house Unfortunately, Dr Barrett s scientific approach to hauntings and his pragmatic thinking is often invoked to downplay the paranormal events at Hell House, which actively dilutes any chilling moments Over two hundred pages in, Horny House Hell House finally shifts from reading like a mystery to proclaiming itself a horror novel Strangely, the author relies heavily on rape to drive his plot And he regularly invokes a fear of sexual orientation suggesting that, to one character in particular, there s nothinghorrific than the mere notion of being gay After waiting so long to be spooked or feel a burning need to turn on all the lights, the notion that a character might falter in sexual orientation was hardly a terrifying payoff On that note, the book often reads like a male sexual fantasy There are several crude, salacious, hyper sexualized incidences in this book, and they always involve women It gives the reader a very uncomfortable sense that the author was penning his own sexual fantasies while writing this book Whether or not that s true doesn t change the fact that the depictions of female characters are enough to invoke an excess of eye rolling and bodily cringes Speaking of which, the book includes this bizarre gemLet his God cock sink into my mouth, she said Let me drink his holy, burning jism Awkward sex scenes aside, the book s conclusion leaves something to be desired After such a long wait for noteworthy paranormal events to transpire, the story suddenly moves at a clipped pace with a mediocre reveal provided at its conclusion

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    As he crossed the entry hall, he had the feeling that the house was swallowing him alive Hell House is basically The Haunting of Hill House on steroids Both books centre around four characters who stay in a haunted house to try to investigate what is happening We have Doctor Barrett, who s intention is to prove his theory he also brings his wife along cos she just can t bear to be left alone And then we have two mediums one of which is Fischer, the only survivor of a failed investigat As he crossed the entry hall, he had the feeling that the house was swallowing him alive Hell House is basically The Haunting of Hill House on steroids Both books centre around four characters who stay in a haunted house to try to investigate what is happening We have Doctor Barrett, who s intention is to prove his theory he also brings his wife along cos she just can t bear to be left alone And then we have two mediums one of which is Fischer, the only survivor of a failed investigation attempt 30 years earlier.Hell House is certainly disturbing The kind of book where you send snippets to people accompanied by comments like WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK I m glad I was buddy reading this with Gemma cemetery.of.forgotten.books as I needed someone to share in my disbelief I can just imagine how controversial this book would have been back in the 70s, it s pretty wild The history of the Belasco house is vile and depraved.One or two parts creeped me out figures entering the room and breathing at the bottom of the bed shudders There s also a lot of sexual violence and for that reason I would not necessarily recommend this one to a newbie horror fan That s also a trigger warning It gets pretty graphic and detailed at times Also, a note to authors please don t give your main characters names that start with the same letter I recently reread Salem s Lot which had a Mike, Mark and Matt This one wasn t as bad with Fischer and Florence but I still found myself having to stop and think sometimes I m not sure if this is just an issue I have perhaps I m easily confused Overall, an entertaining yet incredibly dark haunted house story Proceed with caution 4 stars

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    One day, a young woman, who had crisply turned 18 and was fresh out of school, explored the horror genre while walking around an abandoned building She was on a trip with her family to visit a lovely area with beautiful trees, fresh grass and rain And yet, despite the large area, we were the only family there It was so.empty so silent And so when I wasn t reading I explored the derelict houses, the rusty play area and the lovely forest.And one day I settled down on bench outside and ope One day, a young woman, who had crisply turned 18 and was fresh out of school, explored the horror genre while walking around an abandoned building She was on a trip with her family to visit a lovely area with beautiful trees, fresh grass and rain And yet, despite the large area, we were the only family there It was so.empty so silent And so when I wasn t reading I explored the derelict houses, the rusty play area and the lovely forest.And one day I settled down on bench outside and opened Hell House on my Kindle.I had never been so afraid in my life I was enraptured I couldn t put the book down despite my terror No book had elicited nightmares from me since I was afraid to sleep alone and so I decided to share a room with my sister It all felt so real The book played over and over in my mind and wouldn t let its hold on me go for months Sometimes it still sneaks up on me and gently touches my mind to remind me that this book this book Is the scariest shit I ve ever read Courtesy of Jen s mini reviews

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    I am certain you will find your stay here most illuminating It is regrettable I cannot be here with you All your needs have been provided for Nothing has been overlooked Go where you will, and do what you will these are the cardinal precepts of my home Feel free to function as you choose There are no responsibilities, no rules Each to his own device shall be the only standard here May you find the answer that you seek It is here, I promise you Emeric Belasco in Richard Matheson s H I am certain you will find your stay here most illuminating It is regrettable I cannot be here with you All your needs have been provided for Nothing has been overlooked Go where you will, and do what you will these are the cardinal precepts of my home Feel free to function as you choose There are no responsibilities, no rules Each to his own device shall be the only standard here May you find the answer that you seek It is here, I promise you Emeric Belasco in Richard Matheson s Hell House 1971 Our house is a very, very, very fine house Crosby, Stills, Nash Young, Our House from the album D j vu 1970 Here I am, as we hurtle towards Christmas, attempting to finish up my Halloween reading If you squint, though, Richard Matheson s Hell House is kinda sorta a Christmas book No, there isn t a tree, or lights, or ornaments, or Santa, or a cr che There is, to be clear, very little by way of cheer Yes, there are demonic presences, possession, insidious terror, and death But it s set in the days leading up to Christmas To be precise, the entire course of this novel takes place between December 18 and December 24, 1970 So there s that The plot and setting of Hell House is very familiar Indeed, if you ve ever read Shirley Jackson s The Haunting of Hill House, you ll find it a variation on the same theme Derivative, even Both books take place in legendary haunted houses, and feature a small cast of characters who attempt to explore its paranormal reputation But whereas Hill House deals in slow, creeping, and ambiguous terror, Matheson s work is one of horror By the end of Hell House, there are no ambiguities left All is revealed in explicit fashion For further, non required reading My review of The Haunting of Hill House Matheson doesn t waste any time with a lengthy set up Within the first few pages, the premise is laid out A rich old man named Deutsch wants to know the truth about ghosts He s willing to pay well for facts that support either position So, he offers a great deal of money for a few qualified people to enter the infamous Belasco House in Maine The deal they have to stay a week and also, not die The four people who take up Deutsch on his offer are thinly sketched but serve their purposes Dr Barrett is a physicist, a man of science who believes that all things have an explanation arising from the laws of nature His wife, Edith, is a retreating, mousy woman, dealing naturally, in a book like this with some repressed psychosexual issues Florence Tanner is a spiritual medium, the kind of over emotive type who will soon come into philosophical conflict with Dr Barrett Finally, there is Benjamin Fischer, once known as one of the most powerful mediums around, and who has been in Hell House before, and seen its deadly powers Upon entering Hell House the Mount Everest of haunted houses , Matheson gradually increases the tension This is not a slow moving book, by any means and at 301 paperback pages, it s not overlong however, it is not in any great hurry This is a slow burn, but one that eventually ignites into a conflagration I found Matheson s pacing to be generally effective He starts in a vein similar to Shirley Jackson, in that he keeps things out of focus and uncertain You are not given a vision of what is in front of you, so much as you receive glances of the dark edges on the periphery of your vision Things go bump in the night The history of the house is parceled out in fragments The screws turn tighter, and tighter, and tighter Unlike in Hill House, however, it is starkly evident that Hell House is definitely haunted Matheson writes in the third person omniscient He jumps in and out of all four characters heads Despite his godlike viewpoint, he doesn t find all that much interesting in his creations No one makes a very strong impression Dr Barrett is the most clearly drawn, an archetype His wife stands out mainly because Matheson uses her to gauge the rising level of fear within those walls Florence and Fischer Well, let s just say that I kept confusing them, even though one is a buxom redhead with a Junoesque figure no less , and the other is not I can t really say a lotabout the plot without spoiling it I think it s safe to say that it is pretty eventful The end of Jackson s Hill House left me scratching my head and reading internet analyses The end of Hell House did not There is a lotaction here, as well as a pretty clear resolution The questions Matheson raises are all answered Whether or not you will be satisfied with those answers is an open question Matheson s tale is relatively explicit It doesn t compare to the hyperbolically grand guignol excesses of Stephen King, but it does deal in bloodshed, in the occasional swearing there are a couple really well placed f words , andthan a few sexual situations I think a word on the sex is in order To wit it is so bad it s great One scene is so ridiculously over the top it became an instant favorite of mine I m not going to ruin it for you unless you want me to view spoiler At one point, Florence decides that the appropriate course of action for her to take is to have sex with a ghost Now, you might be saying to yourself That is a pretty great ideaDear reader, I assure you it is not hide spoiler If you haven t followed my reviews in the past, let me briefly introduce myself Hi, I am a person who likes to read awkward sex scenes I find awful literary sex to be among life s great pleasures It s like a perfect sunrise, or the moon over the ocean, or chilled chardonnay with a splash of club soda Hell House does a fine job of scratching that particular itch I mean, at one point, in one of Matheson s oddly clinical descriptions, he uses the word rectum If there s one thing we can all agree on in these polarizing times, I think it s that no one should use the word rectum outside of a medical journal on proctology By this point, you might be asking yourself What is Matt trying to say Did he like this Did he hate this Is this review going anywhereHonestly, it s hard to say I did like this, at least in the sense that I never thought of putting it down, once I picked it up I don t read a ton of horror, aside from Stephen King This didn t scare me, necessarily, but it did at times evoke a tiny bit of dread Matheson does create a palpable mood of cold despair The atmosphere of Hell House is unrelentingly grim, cheerless, and devoid of intentional humor There is some unintentional humor, which is bound to happen when you use the word rectum.I think there is a ceiling on how great a book about people in a haunted house can be After all, there are only so many ways you can go This isn t the broad canvas of War and Peace or Moby Dick, which can be springboards for all manner of discussion on the human condition Indeed, there might only be three options in this type of novel first, there are no ghosts second, there are ghosts or third, we aren t sure whether we are seeing ghosts, or the collapse of our own fragile psyches Matheson executes this conceit just about as well as you can Thus, if we judge Hell House against other works of this genre, it might just be the classic it is alleged to be

  6. says:

    Isn t it just another so called haunted house I m afraid it isn t It s the Mount Everest of haunted houses This.is.one.creepy.book.The excesses depicted in the history of the Belasco House and here you can list any blasphemy and perversion you can think of make for morbidly fascinating reading in itself and sets the stage for this 1970s horror novel I was actually surprised at how grim this book gets It s muchexplicit than contemporaries like

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    Matheson created one of the most brain freezingly frightening haunted house novels of the 20th century in HELL HOUSE Stephen King PRETTY SPOILERY REVIEW READ AT YOUR OWN READER DISCOVERY RISK I ve had this book on my list of horror classics for so long but I was really just waiting for the right edition I don t like reading classic horror in a modern re release format I want a beat up, mangled, smelly old paperback that s been read and handled at least a hundred times.I finally found Matheson created one of the most brain freezingly frightening haunted house novels of the 20th century in HELL HOUSE Stephen King PRETTY SPOILERY REVIEW READ AT YOUR OWN READER DISCOVERY RISK I ve had this book on my list of horror classics for so long but I was really just waiting for the right edition I don t like reading classic horror in a modern re release format I want a beat up, mangled, smelly old paperback that s been read and handled at least a hundred times.I finally found one at a used paperback store in a little town we visited a few weeks ago I photographed it and posted the picture on bookstagram yesterday and then, on a powerful whim, I decided to read it and purposed in my heart to finish it.Which was easy because of the Coronavirus Self Distancing Quarantine and because of this book s magnetic quality.I ve never read a Richard Matheson book before So this was my first time experiencing all the things I ve heard about him from my favorite authors like Stephen King, Jonathan Janz, Ray Bradbury, and Adam Cesare.It s hard to go into an iconic read like this without bringing in everyone else s opinions Playing in the back of my mind on a loop are thoughts about comparing it to THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson which I ve read and loved , all the complaints of sexism, homophobia, and misogyny as well as a general buzz of Matheson being too sexual in his horror.As soon as I started reading, the thoughts were silenced and I easily slipped into a blissed out, horror lover s coma Matheson has a knack for easy, engaging prose I feel like he writes down exactly how he sees the scene in his mind there are no additional, fussy details to get in the way or complicate the translation from his mind to the reader s mind it s an easy leap and makes for vivid, cinematic storytelling.HELL HOUSE is a familiar trope most horror fans love A wealthy socialite invites an assorted mix of guests to spend a few nights in a haunted house to do some research in exchange for a comfortable, all expenses paid for retreat.Characters Florence Tanner A god fearing, spiritual medium.Dr Lionel Barret and his wife Edith who comes along because her husband has polio and they have an almost platonic nurse patient relationship Ben Fischer Who is also a medium and has stayed in this particular house before and survived its powerful evil presence.Immediately upon arrival, Belasco House wastes zero time being creepy as hell I loved that one of the guests had experienced the house before and could act as a storyteller for the others so that the reader could enjoy the manor s backstory without having to go through tedious or slow burning discoveries along the way My favorite moments were Fischer s tellings of all the horrors that took place in the house If you haven t read it, I don t want to spoil it but imagine the most depraved cultish behaviors and then multiply it by tenfold We re talking messed up.The story moves along at an excellent pace, never a dull moment My favorite character was Florence Tanner, the spiritual medium She is relentless in her pursuit of the house s mysteries and quite brave in the face of untold horrors and evil Because I previously had heard about all the misogyny and sexism, I was hyper aware of it, almost annoyingly forced to look for it and came up surprisingly short I m not saying fellow reviewers are wrong or overly sensitive, I m just saying that for me, I found Florence Tanner to be a remarkably brave, strong female protagonist There s a scene between her and Edith that must have been quite the controversy back in this book s day, and I found it to be timelessly erotic Matheson was able to pull off something that other authors try to do but are awkward about it or use cringey, descriptive language So I admire Matheson s ability to effectively write sexual scenes really well.Let s talk about Edith.Edith s transformation in this book is perhaps the most provocative Even though all the physical encounters with the supernatural happens to Florence, Edith is on a very psychological journey and I think the distinction is profound and the most fascinating part of the story.At first, she s portrayed as being this subservient partner to her much older, disabled husband Over the course of the novel, it s clear that he s in love with her Dr Barret doesn t mistreat her.The sexually charged, dark presence in the house definitely preys on Edith s repressed past and brings all of her sexual trauma to the surface So where is all the homophobia I have no idea I would love for someone to explain it to me The spirits that haunt House Belasco definitely reference homoerotic acts as sinful The ghost calls Edith a lesbian as an insult but its a part of the spiritual religious themes of the story Belasco was a manipulative, abusive, depraved sexual cult leader hell bent on destroying women So it was par for the course to use repressed sexual energy as a weapon against his female victims Edith takes the brunt of the mental, sexual assaults while Florence takes the physical.Anyhoodles,I m writing an essay now instead of a review.Final thoughts As a pillar of classic Haunted House stories, this one deserves all the praise it gets in the horror community I can see why Matheson s writing style is so influential among horror legends who aspire to communicate with their readers as efficiently as Matheson I ve read so many stories that take on this book s premise, KILL CREEK by Scott Thomas and THE DARK GAME by Jonathan Janz come to mind and I can see Matheson s fingerprints in their stories as an homage to HELL HOUSE Really, really cool I m glad I read this book and can give its due diligence moving forward in my reviews

  8. says:

    I ve been a Richard Matheson fan for a few years now and he rarely disappoints Hell House is no different A dying millionaire offers a physicist and two psychics a hundred thousand dollars apiece to spend a week in a haunted house to prove or disprove the existence of an afterlife Sounds simple enough, right Tensions run high between the investigators Barrett thinks Florence s beliefs are crap and his scientific explanation is the only one Fischer doesn t seem to be doing much which also ir I ve been a Richard Matheson fan for a few years now and he rarely disappoints Hell House is no different A dying millionaire offers a physicist and two psychics a hundred thousand dollars apiece to spend a week in a haunted house to prove or disprove the existence of an afterlife Sounds simple enough, right Tensions run high between the investigators Barrett thinks Florence s beliefs are crap and his scientific explanation is the only one Fischer doesn t seem to be doing much which also irks Barrett Barret s wife Edith has odd feelings for Florence What s caused by the spirits inhabiting the house and what isn t The first third of the book is mostly exposition Things don t really start picking up until halfway though but when they do, Hell House is really hard to put down Matheson knows all about suspense and tension Just watch that episode of the Twilight Zone he wrote with the gremlin on the wing of the plane The attacks on the investigators by the spirit of inhabiting the Belasco house were fairly brutal.The ending was a tad on the anti climactic side once all was said and done Be that as it may, I should have read this book much earlier Highly recommended for fans of the haunted house sub genre of horror

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    I ve tried to read Hell House numerous times The writing seemed a little too simplistic, I guess would be the word, for my tastes It s also, at times, annoyingly repetitive, and had my buddy Thomas Str mquist sorry I still haven t figured out how to link to other people on this site hadn t accepted my buddy read proposal, I probably wouldn t have ever finished it I couldn t understand, for the life of me, why everyone suggested I read it It s a horror classic and It s soooooooo scar I ve tried to read Hell House numerous times The writing seemed a little too simplistic, I guess would be the word, for my tastes It s also, at times, annoyingly repetitive, and had my buddy Thomas Str mquist sorry I still haven t figured out how to link to other people on this site hadn t accepted my buddy read proposal, I probably wouldn t have ever finished it I couldn t understand, for the life of me, why everyone suggested I read it It s a horror classic and It s soooooooo scary don t usually push me into reading a book because what I find scary normally isn t what other people find scary But this book hit me at just the right time, while I was in the mood for a creepy read And that s pretty much why I liked it as much as I did Horror is so subjective It depends on a reader s mood, as well If you don t want to be scared, you re likely going to shrug this one off and DNF before you get to the truly unsettling parts Because this isn t your average possession story or haunted house book This motherfucker has teeth.I cannot imagine how much controversy this book created when it was first released You have scenes of lesbian lust, group orgies, one ghost running around wielding his overgrown penis, and a sexual assault scene unlike anything else I ve ever read It fucked me up so badly that I had to stop reading for a minute And I am notoriously hard to disturb But that s what horror is It s meant to leave you shaken To that end, Hell House delivers.Where this book succeeds is the unending sense of dread, the near constant escalation of violent acts, and the invisible character development I honestly have no idea how Matheson made each of these characters feel like separate individuals Other than Barrett s polio, none of them really stand out, but I saw each of them clearly from very early on, and never once was confused as to whose head I was in That s damn impressive, especially given such simple writing.In summation If you re looking for a scary read and can forgive the repetition of words like started , which was used at least twice per page, or so it seemed, you should dig this one It takes a while to get going, but once it does, it doesn t let up Final Judgment Filled with dread

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    Bought during Audible s 2.99 sale 10 13 17 It snow, sorry about that.A rich guy offers to pay a group of people to stay a few nights in a haunted house to prove there is life after death All previous attempts to do such a stupid thing at this particular house have ended very badly for the suckers brave or stupid or hard up enough to have a sleep over It s no different this time around.I read this book closely on the heels of finishing up Shirley Jackson s The Haunting of Hill Hous Bought during Audible s 2.99 sale 10 13 17 It snow, sorry about that.A rich guy offers to pay a group of people to stay a few nights in a haunted house to prove there is life after death All previous attempts to do such a stupid thing at this particular house have ended very badly for the suckers brave or stupid or hard up enough to have a sleep over It s no different this time around.I read this book closely on the heels of finishing up Shirley Jackson s The Haunting of Hill House which was probably a big mistake on my part as the premise of these two books is nearly identical and Jackson s story didn t thrill me the way it did most people Same goes for Hell House though I did like it a wee bitthan Jackson s story but probably only because it waslurid and crazy pants and I like that kind of thing but it does suffer from the same over the top characterization This story is muchsexually horrifying Some of the things that happen within these pages are upsetting Trust me on this The house was basically turned into a pit of debauchery and hellish events when its original owner cuts loose with a group of hangers on who dip into orgies, drugs, murder, cannibalism as you will, I guess and every other nasty thing your brain can imagine The house is tainted and incredibly haunted by a horny ghost who eventually infects the woman folk and does shocking pervy things.I listened to this story on audio and the narrator, Ray Porter, does an excellent job He is deadly serious which suits the story and he manages to deliver the lady voices in a way that doesn t make them sound completely ridiculous even when they re forced to behave in overly hysterical ways He does a good job with the men and the evil inhabiting the house as well.I m going to give this the same rating as the Jackson book 3 Stars

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