Return To Hell House

Return To Hell House

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by Nancy A. Collins
     
 
In 1927 infamous millioniare occultist Emeric Belasco disappeared from the face the earth, leaving behind dozens of dead bodies in the rambling, isolated mansion known as Hell House, his victims former socialites who, under his control,succumbed to madness, murder and cannibalism. In 1931 a team of parapsychologists entered Hell House to try and solve the riddle of

Overview

In 1927 infamous millioniare occultist Emeric Belasco disappeared from the face the earth, leaving behind dozens of dead bodies in the rambling, isolated mansion known as Hell House, his victims former socialites who, under his control,succumbed to madness, murder and cannibalism. In 1931 a team of parapsychologists entered Hell House to try and solve the riddle of Belasco's fate, only to meet with horror, madness and death.

Now in 1940, another team--this one including 15-year-old Benjamin Franklin Fischer, the famed "Ghost Boy", said to be the most gifted physical medium in modern history--dare to investigate the most haunted house in the world, only to find Hell House eagerly awaiting its newest guests.

Warning: Contains Graphic Content

This novella was written, with permission from Richard Matheson, as a prequel to his classic haunted house novel, Hell House (1971), and originally appeared in the tribute anthology He Is Legend (Gauntlet Press, 2009).

Editorial Reviews

Bookgasm.com - Rod Lott
"The longest new story belongs to Nancy A. Collins, who dares "Return to Hell House" in a prequel to HELL HOUSE. Here, 15-year-old psychic medium Benjamin Fischer accompanies a research team to the sprawling mansion for the first time, and witnesses unspeakable horrors wrought with perverse sexuality. It's bound to offend more fragile readers, and it turned out to be my favorite among all the contents."
Blogcritics.com - Bruce Smith
Return to Hell House provides the reader with a prequel to Hell House. Nancy A. Collins, author of modern vampire stories, gives the reader a haunted house story. The previous owner, possibly now deceased, but most definitely mentally diseased with a strong sexual appetite, treats the ghost hunters to a ravaging time. Only young Benjamin Fischer escapes intact. Unfortunately, he didn't learn his lesson and returns to the Hell House at a later date in Matheson's version. Collins' ve
Tor.com - John Klima
"Nancy A. Collins has the guts to tell what happened at Hell House the first time around."
Locus Magazine - Stefan Dziemianowicz
"Nancy Collins...pulls off a well-told prequel, "Return to Hell House", that Matheson himself has set up: readers of his novel will remember that Ben Fischer, one of the psychic investigators who endures the nightmares of the haunted Belasco mansion, is the sole survivor of an earlier investigation of the house. Collins imagines Ben's nightmarish ordeal there as a teenage spirit medium in a way that is consistent with Matheson's story, if a bit more sexually explicit."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014857109
Publisher:
Hopedale Press
Publication date:
08/10/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
228,784
File size:
820 KB

Meet the Author

Nancy A. Collins has authored over 20 novels and novellas, numerous short stories, and worked on several comic books, including a two-year run on Swamp Thing. She is a recipient of the HWA’s Stoker Award and the British Fantasy Society Award, and has been nominated for the Eisner, John Campbell Memorial, World Fantasy & International Horror Guild Awards. Best known for her ground-breaking vampire character, Sonja Blue, which heralded the rise of the popular Urban Fantasy genre, her works include the best-selling Sunglasses After Dark, the Southern Gothic collection Knuckles And Tales, & the Vamps series for Young Adults. Her most recent novel is Left Hand Magic, the second installment in the critically-acclaimed Golgotham urban fantasy series. She currently resides in Wilmington, North Carolina with her fiancé, Tommy, their Boston terrier, Chopper, and an indeterminate number of cats, only two of which she admits to having anything to do with.

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Return To Hell House 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me on the edge of my seat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little wary of reading this, as Hell House is one of my favorite books. Could anyone other than Matheson write a prequel to one of the best haunted house stories ever? Turns out, yes. Collins captures the tone and mood of the original. My only gripe is that I wish it was longer...a full fledged novel. And if Ms. Collins decides to flesh this puppy out and write more, I'm there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of Richard Matheson's Hell House, I was a bit reluctant to read this story--but Nancy Collins put all those fears to rest. A wonderfully frightening prequel.