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Hell House by Richard Matheson
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Dec 07, 07

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Read in December, 2007

Once again I learned how much of an influence Richard Matheson was on Stephen King.

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 because it was so fascinating.

It also made me realize that whatever perceptions I may posses, I definetly belong to the Fischer school of parapsychology: when you know there's a malevolent presence, you don't seek it out, you close yourself off from it until you understand it.
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