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
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 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 ...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.
This must be required reading for Wes Craven and Clive Barker and other horror movie directors. Published 6 years before The Shining, I also wonder how much this influenced Stephen King. Alas, I did not care for the ending.
Well written, imaginative, and innovative, Matheson again displays his power as a storyteller in this genre.
Buen libro. Un clásico de la literatura del terror. Se disfruta cada capítulo y tiene sus momentos escalofriantes. Ideal para pasar un rato agradable ya que es de fácil lectura, ameno y ligero. Los problemas radican en los personajes. Son muy planos, clichés: el típico escéptico amante de la ciencia, la muj ...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
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
But it's hard to find good ones.
I mostly enjoyed reading this. There are some problems with it that I can't quite get over, and telling myself "Well, it was the 70s" doesn't make me feel any better about it. Like the mansplaining. There was a lot of mansplaining and it made me angry.
But there are some great details in these pages t ...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
Characterization is really good; with quite small means we get to know each member of the cast and they feel a ...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
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
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
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
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
Tako je i sa ovom knjigom. "Paklena kuća" je nalik na sve one priče, filmove, serije,... o ukletim kućama, ali ona je definitivno originalna na svoj način. I četiri glavna ...more
I listened to the audio version; the narrator does an excellent job. Two thumbs up.
As with other Matheson works, the pace is slow, almost hypnotically slow. You long for him to get to some kind of action, to stop fussing around and *do* something. Yet you can't put the book down. Then, as the plot progresses, you find that you've ...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
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
Read it, horror fan bitches! You won't be disappointed! Enjoy the ride!
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