Return To Hell Houseby Nancy A. Collins
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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).
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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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This book had me on the edge of my seat!
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!
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.