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Hell House [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

Richard Matheson , Ray Porter
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Jun 2009
IDW brings you this lavishly illustrated adaptation of Richard Matheson's tale of newspaper publisher Rudolph Deutsch facing his impending demise. To help Deutsch forestall his death and to learn the secrets of life after death, a team of experts must survive a night in Belasco House, a place known amongst the local townsfolk as "Hell House." The notorious Belasco House starts to exert its dark influence on the group of scientists and spiritualists as they unearth the perverse and wretched secrets from within its walls. Hell House has let them in... but will it ever let them leave?
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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433251752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433251757
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,090,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is easily the best horror novel I have ever read - and I have read a few. It was terrifying, but also, as with all of Matheson's books, very moving, humane and concerned with oldest questions of good vs evil.

What makes the book so effective is its realism and the psychological stories attached to its characters. Matheson seems to have done a lot of research into psyschic phenonemon, as the way he deals with the intuitions and powers of his characters as they confront the dark, malevolent Freudian morass of the House is brilliantly done. He makes you care about his protagonists and become deeply involved with their battle against the ultimate darkness, both within and without.

I cannot recommend this novel too highly. Its a masterpiece. I will never forget the experience of reading it one night in bed and having at one point to stop, lower the book and look squarely around the room just to be sure that nothing sinister was going on. The grip the book has on your mind is that powerful....
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Welcome to my house..." 23 May 2001
Even after death, Belasco, "The Roaring Giant", greets his guests to a stay they won't easily forget... If they survive, that is. If you like haunted houses' stories, I really think you should read this one. It's my favourite Richard Matheson novel. The rythm is excellent and the atmosphere really chilly, plus the characters are well defined and very human. If you've seen the movie "Legend of Hell House" be warned: The book is much more violent and sexual. I agree some people may be dissapointed with the end -although I think it's quite good-; but I sure think the journey is worth it. You won't have to wait ages for something to happen, for every page is full of excitement.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good, but not as good as the film. 6 Nov 2003
By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE
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I read this solely because I had liked the film "The Legend of Hell House" so much. I didn't feel though that it was as effective at creating a disturbing atmosphere as the film was. The house itself for instance is different in the book. Whereas in the film it's a cobwebby, gloomy Gothic mansion, in the book it's a luxurious art deco-style palace, complete with swimming-pool and ballroom, like something out of the Great Gatsby. It sounds far more of desirable residence! I also feel the characters were better interpreted in the film. In the book it's hard to really care what happens to them.
Where the book IS better than the film is in the descriptions of Belasco's lifestyle. The film only refers to his dubious antics in a hysterical over-blown way, but in the book you get a detailed description of how he manipulated his guests, and just how horrifying his final house-party was. There is almost something Sadean about the descriptions of the guests descent into a living hell. We could almost do with a remake of the film with those parts added in as a disturbing flashback. What a horror film that would make!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
For over twenty years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, it is a venerable mansion whose shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of almost unimaginable horror and depravity. Two previous expeditions to investigate its secrets met with disaster, the participants destroyed by murder, suicide or insanity.
Now a new investigation has been mounted, bringing four strangers to the forbidding mansion, determined to probe Belasco House for the ultimate secrets of life and death. Each has his or her own reason for daring the unknown torments and temptations of the mansion, but can any soul survive what lurks within the most haunted house on Earth?
Richard Matheson’s classic horror novel ‘Hell House’ was first published by Viking Press Inc back in 1971. Matheson had already received much praise for his previous work with novels such as ‘I Am Legend’ and ‘The Shrinking Man’. The novel proved to be such an inspirational piece of horror fiction that it was later made into the film ‘The Legend of Hell House’ starring both Pamela Franklin and Roddy McDowall.
From the very beginning of the novel, the reader is thrown into the eerie premise of the novel, with its classic haunted house plot. The four main characters that are hired to investigate and research the truth behind the house’s paranormal haunting are introduced from the start, with somewhat cliqued characterization and obvious clashes in personality. Yet this does not detract from the enjoyment and the books storyline. The tension slowly builds, as the reader is submerged deeper into the creepy house and the ghostly occurrences that occur within its walls.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Docendo Discimus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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"Hell House is the scariest haunted house novel ever written. It looms over the rest the way the mountains loom over the foothills."
At least according to a certain Mr Stephen King.
I was very much looking forward to reading this supposed masterpiece, and I was only slightly disappointed. "Hell House"is quite well-written, although not as well as I'd expected, based on my (admittedly not too extensive) knowledge of Richard Burton Matheson.
It is thrilling at times, but never really frightening, and the characters are a little bit cardboard-y. But it is worth the read none the less, just don't expect it to be as scary (or as well-written) as "The Shining" or "Pet Sematary" by the aforementioned Mr King.
If you want pure terror, go for "Pet Sematary". That is, in my humble opinion, the single most horrifying novel ever confined to paper.
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