Hell House

Hell House

Book - 1999
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An aging millionaire seeking proof of life after death employs an unusual team of of investigators to probe the mysteries of the supposedly haunted and evil Belasco House. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

"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.



Publisher: New York : Tor, 1999
Edition: First Tor trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780312868857
0312868855
Branch Call Number: FICTION MATHE...R
Notes: "A Tom Doherty Associates book."

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jessicalynn113
Nov 22, 2017

Wow this book is intense. There is a lot of emotion and you can actually feel the frustration and confusion of the characters. I wouldn't necessarily say this book made me afraid to turn off the lights at night but it was a great pyschological thriller. Makes you think who is sane and who is not. It was vulgar and dark and thrilling all at the same time. The only issue I have is the author incorporated a lot of mechanical and technical terms throughout the entire book and unless you are an engineer you probably will just skim to get back to the story. Good book =]

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navdamme
Jul 06, 2017

Man, this book was exhausting to read. I had to put it down more frequently near the end because it was so emotionally draining at times. All in a good way. Very frightening. Please give it a try!

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scifiandscary
Apr 27, 2016

Hell House was my first Matheson book, and not even one that I had intended on reading. Basically during one of our weekly trips to the library, my partner came out with it, and I decided it looked interesting. So, I filched it. I was quite happy that I did, too. Matheson has great talent and a very, very twisted mind.

I will often applaud or sneer at books for their lack of, or overabundance of, typical horror story tropes such as drinking, sex, etc. However, these devices do have their place and can be very effectively used if the author knows what he or she is doing. Matheson knew what he was doing. He uses the elements in a way that has your lip curling in disgust, or gives you a shudder of fear and revulsion. At times its almost unbelievable, but that’s the best thing about a great horror story. It stretches your imagination to uncomfortable places.

So, let me simply say that if you’re easily shocked or offended by use of the male or female form in vulgar ways, or if you’re so religious that you can’t handle the idea of one of your idols being desecrated, you will not want to read this book. While not Laymon bad, there are definitely some scenes that could make lots of people very uncomfortable. However, if you’re looking for a fast-paced, action-packed, enjoyable haunting read from a talented author, Matheson’s Hell House is sure to be a pleasure to read.

The only thing I didn’t like about the book was that the ending seemed a bit weak. Throughout the pages, he relentless turns up the tension and shock factors until the reader is as tightly strung as a piano wire waiting for the resolution. Then… there’s no grand finale. There’s a false ending that would have been satisfying if a bit typical, followed by the true ending that was just… not satisfying. It was like this huge bonfire of a story just got oxygen deprived all at once, and leaves you feeling bereft as you stare at the ashes, thinking that it didn’t feel like the proper way for that to happen. Yes, you got your ending, but (even though good) it wasn’t as epic as the story itself deserved.

Overall, still a very entertaining read and one that I’d recommend checking out when you get a chance. I mean, the man has I Am Legend in his list of books. He’s got the talent to make reading him well worth your time.

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akawabe
Jul 31, 2015

I've read "I Am Legend" and "What Dreams May Come" from this author and this title was a let-down. The ending is original and the prose well-constructed but I was looking for a ghost story. Although "Hell House" technically falls into that category it's largely by technicality that it involves a haunted house. The strong sexual content tends to negate the thrills and apprehension. There is some horror / gore content to it as well, but I was looking to get creeped out not grossed out.

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Evilreader666
Dec 22, 2013

Just finished this book. I have not read anything else by this Author. If you like haunted house stories, this will work for you, however it's sort of based on a sex crazed person (whom haunts the house) so there are a few porn bits along with it. Just so you know

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Dec 22, 2013

"If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out"

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