Hell House

Hell House

by Richard Matheson
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Hell House by Richard Matheson

"Hell House is the scariest haunted house novel ever written. It looms over the rest the way the mountains loom over the foothills." — Stephen King

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 Maine, which has been abandoned and sealed since 1949 after a decade of drug addiction, alcoholism, and debauchery. For one night, Barrett and his colleagues investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townfolks refer to it as the Hell House.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312868857
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 10/28/1999
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 89,770
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It…, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.

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Hell House 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Hell House' is a classic example of a great haunted house novel. The characters are good and react to each other realistically in every situation from calm moments to situations involving extreme paranormal behavior. Matheson doesn't pull any punches when it comes to the extreme and violent nature of the evil entities in Hell House. Overall, it is a good, traditional haunted house novel. But, be warned: The events that take place in Matheson's Hell House are very extreme at times and may be a little disturbing for people looking for just a quick horror novel to read. In any case, if you want all the scares; violent attacks from spirits, seances, mediums channeling evil forces and a gigantic old house which all that I have listed, and more, takes place, read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like horror stories, then this is a book to read! But to warn anyone who cannot handle truly extreme stories for various reasons, then I would stay away from it. Sections from this book become very intense and deep in discription. The describes the house in so much depth, that it could give some people the chills. There are also some parts the author describes that would be rather disturbing to some individuals. But in all, for horror lovers everywhere, this story is a must!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was just too curious and had to read this one. Evil is brutal and vile, in this book it is confronted and you must slog through all the brutal and vile details to appreciate the story. All in all a good read but difficult to not feel repulsed by the goings on. Which of course is the point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book . I have the movie the legend of hell house so i wanted to read the book that it was based on. The best haunted house book ever written . Richard matheson is brilliant.
jjjccc More than 1 year ago
I am a huge horror movie and horror book fan, I just loved being scared. However, this book didn't do it for me. There are parts that are definitely creepy, but I expected more from it. I could've also done without some of the sexually explicit parts of the story, I thought that was just gross and unnecessary but I guess that's what freaked most of the readers out. It's a toss up, if you like horror books you may like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much better than the movie - a good supernatural thriller.
drakevaughn More than 1 year ago
Wow. Hell House stands the test of time. By far, the best haunted house story I’ve ever read. Matheson was at his peek and delivered a terrifying tale filled with realistic characters and shocking descriptions. Loved every page. So he nicked a lot from Shirley Jackson, but he did so with style. Easily one of the top ten horror novels ever written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was blown away by this book the 1st time I read it. Somehow lost the 1st copy I'd had, so I bought another. Foolishly let someone borrow it, & it looks like I'm not gonna get it back. I hope this time I bet to hang on to it for awhile! This is one of the few books I can read repeatedly without tiring of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book in an old collection my father has and was interested by the over view on the back of the book. The book starts to go slow, but as soon as they enter the house the action picks up. Very good book, but not tje best for a personwho has just found intrest in horror. The book makes you look deep inside your self, down to the deepest corners you never knew existed. A lot better than I Am Lengend though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never knew there had been a book and not just the movie. If you liked the old move read Hell house. GREAT
books77 More than 1 year ago
The original movie, in black and white, is a great scare; follows the book quite well. This story has always been one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book well written and quite creepy in some instances but if you dont like reading horror i do not recomend this book i am 14 and i got a little creed out reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a lot of fun to read. It has a great pace that always keeps you guessing. I really like how everyone goes in the house on purpose knowing what they are doing. The characters are also well developed with completely contrasting points of view. You could sum it up by saying this is a great guilty pleasure and a fast read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read a samle but they only give you 10 pages none of which contain any story. Its bibliography and dedication page and title page and a few blank pages. Waste of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everthing a classic horror novel needs. This book is one of my favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good thanks for the chill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book of his I have read and the images he creates and concepts really stick with me. Well written and unique, but wow, extremely messed up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book, but not what I was expecting. Being a classic, well known horror, it was on my "must read" list. I think I was expecting a cross between The Exorcist and Amityville, this is nowhere near that type of horror. Those well versed in horror will understand that it's a tale where you can appreciate the horror behind the story, but it's not something that will keep you from reading alone in the dark, in your bedroom. Very happy I read it and recommend it to all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely kept me wanting to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you hear a humming noise whenever you pick up this book, it's just Shirley Jackson turning over in her grave. "The Haunting of Hill House" makes this book look like the bargain bin rip-off that it is. "Hell House" is a big "Ho hum" from the beginning: stock characters, predictable plot, and mind-numbing prose. In contrast, Shirley Jackson's book will make you want to sleep with the lights on. . .if you can sleep at all. Save your money, forget this pale imitation, and go straight for one of the best ghost stories ever written: "The Haunting of Hill House."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked it, the whole thing, it was scary in parts but very insightful book!
Giselle Peck More than 1 year ago
I had just been introduced to this author and knew he was a horror writer, but i had no idea how scared i would be while reading this. It is the type of story you have to let yourself get lost in...then the true horror will manifest itself through your imagination and this author's truly gifted writing! Very cool!
David Lorsch More than 1 year ago
The story still holds up today. Very scary and creepy. Wonderfuly written. Might make you sleep with the lights on.
MartinaCh More than 1 year ago
I read ghost stories from time to time and this one is a nerve wrecker...would recommend this for the originality and the incredible story plot; just stay put when you read...got me nervous and I had to put the book down many times..