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Preview — Hell House by Richard Matheson
Rolf Rudolph Deutsch is going die. But when Deutsch, a wealthy magazine and newpaper publisher, starts thinking seriously about his impending death, he offers to pay a physicist and two mediums, one physical and one mental, $100,000 each to establish the facts of life after death.
Dr. Lionel Barrett, the physicist, accompanied by the mediums, travel to the Belasco House in...more
"Isn't it just another so-called haunted house?"
"I'm afraid it isn't. It's the Mount Everest of haunted houses."
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 much more explicit than contemporaries like Rosemary's Baby, which was published ...more
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 ...more
1) What’s not to love? Matheson manages to accomplish a haunted house story that is not only supremely eerie and filled with a creepy atmosphere that’s sublime, but a full-on assault of the senses as well. This book does not pussy-foot around – it is in your face practically from page one all the way through to the end.
It's very much a produce of its times, in this case 1971. It's particularly obvious in the treatment of sex and sexuality (which is, frankly, crude) but also in the handling of the paranormal. Physical mediums like Fischer are all but extinc ...more
Perhaps the biggest advantage of the original Hill House was its ambiguity concerning the origin and source of the hauntings; it Hell House there is plenty of ambiguity, but it's obvious tha ...more
That's the task of a group who have been hired to investigate the house for the supernatural, but a game is being played against them as they take resident the question is by who and will they leave alive?
Matheson is a great writer when it comes to painting ...more
Belasco House…Hell House…within these dark passages and cavernous rooms resides the residue of pure, unadulterated evil.
This book be ...more
Best of all, there is a pervasive logic behind the entire story & several layers of horror. It's not just horror of outside forces, but also of inner demons. Each character is well f ...more
Hell House has been on my to-read list for a very long time, and thanks
to the magic of Kindle reading, a copy was readily available to me at the push of a button.
Adding to the excitement was a chance to read Richard Matheson again, whose only works I've read have been I am Legend, and What Dreams May Come.
Well, I'm sad to say that Hell House has turned out to be a disappointment.
This is, of co ...more
I've read other Matheson novels since this book, and have found that I will probably never be a fan. I finish the books and, in the end, find that while they haven't been awful, I just don't care for them overall. But, still, I do occasionally pick another one up...I suppose that means something.
Hell House is the story of a house that due (apparently) to the evil and perverse act ...more
Unlike its predecessor, Hell House has bite. Where Shirley Jackson tells her story with beautiful, smooth flowing prose, Richard Matheson finds a way to get under the reader's skin. I thought of this as an NC-17 version of Hill House, where the things only hinted at in the older novel come about completely in your face.
The characters, als ...more
El escenario: la Casa Belasco, según todos los expertos en parapsicología, la casa más encantada del mundo. El propietario, el millonario señor Deutsch, se propone conocer la verdad sobre la existencia de la ...more
I doubt the old man is actively monitoring how his books appear on Kindle (The guy's 85 years old, for Ch ...more
I was recommended to read this book for All Hallow's Read by author Eric Morse of the book Psychotic State and this was a pretty good and scary haunted house ghost story. I enjoyed reading this and held onto the edge of my seat until the very end ...more
Arrival at "HELL HOUSE" begins with the appearance...more
Overall the story is completely formulaic, at least by today's standards. Dinnerware flying around, g ...more
I haven't got a clue how to rate this book. There are too many things I found either funny or plain bad. I even waited for a day or so to think about it. On the one hand, I like haunted house theme (half a star for the theme). On the other, there are tons of things which I really didn't like. First, it isn't scary. At all. Sure, there are a few moments that should have been scary, but for me they were plain flat - as if I was watching from above.
Second, I didn't like the characters or how th ...more
Hell House is about a group of people (scientist-type guy and his wife, medium and psychic who survived in the house the last time people went in) who are investigating the "Everest of haunted houses."
So what's the deal with this house? Apparently ...more
Yet Matheson has his own brand of the macabre. His characters, while compelling, aren't as well-drawn or emotionally involving as King's (at least in this book). And his horror has a slower build and then explodes all over the page - kind of like Poe.
And talk about mixing disturbing horror with sexuality. That's a place where both King and Matheson hold crowns. Deeply disturbing - and yet I couldn't put it down ...more
Didn't love it, TBH. It kept me turning the pages, sure. But it never surprised me. Well-written, and briskly paced, but a fairly standard haunted-house story otherwise. Hell House feels, weirdly, both dated and derivative.
I'm looking through that lens backward, obviously. Hell House must have been quite a shocker in 1971; some of the violent sexual elements alone surely got it hidden from the kiddies, ...more
I am actually kind of pissed off. I feel like I wasted hours of my life that I'll never get back.
The beginning was really mysterious and creepy. A really ...more
Matheson seems to have lifted most of his stuff straight from Shirley Jackson's novel: a parapsychologist and two sensitives agree to stay in a notorious haunted house in an effort to prove or disprove survival after death. Alas, he lacks Jac ...more
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