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Richard Matheson's Hell House: Book 1: Bk. 1 Paperback – 11 Jan 2005

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (11 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932382607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932382600
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 17.8 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,827,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With good source material, a talented adapter, and a strong artist this is a great haunted house story.

Richard Matheson, author of I am Legend, A Stir of Echoes, The Shrinking Man and lots of other books that were turned into films, wrote a horror story in 1971. It was filmed in 1973 and adapted by IDW in 2004. This is the first part.

It has a really creepy vibe to it typical of the horror fiction of the 1970’s - the era of The Shining and The Omen. The story is intelligently delivered with a good framing device which instigates the characters’ entry into the proceedings.

The art is black and white ink that, through good lighting techniques, really captures the shadowy fears of exploring an old house. The characters have strong and expressive faces and there is a robust sense of movement on the page. Good use is made of the lettering which is very expressive, but not without the odd typo.

The story is collected into four parts, each of which is 48 pages long, which seems an odd choice. We do get a lot crammed into this first volume with intelligent pacing and page-turning excitement. Unfortunately the history of the house is delivered in a couple of pages of talking heads which is a let-down.

A strong start and a well-deserved Thumbs Up!
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I didn't realise that this book was an illustrated version and so it didn't meet my needs. However this was my mistake for not having read the product description
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x971ef138) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x97c30df8) out of 5 stars Faithful Beginning 6 Feb. 2005
By hamsterdance - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd never read Hell House although I'm a fan of horror. But browsing the rack one day I noticed this gem and reading the back cover piqued my interest. I was not disappointed. I re-read the story 3 times and kept wishing I could find out what happened next.

I finally couldn't stand it anymore. I bought the novel upon which it's based. OK, so I now know how the trade is going to end but it's not going to stop me from buying each issue. Edington and Co. has done a great job of adapting the story to the graphic novel format. All the key scenes, the nuiances, character personalities are preserved. Eddington preserved even key dialogue straight from the novel to the trade. The artwork is black and white yet for me seemed to work. It added strength to the creepiness of the house.

Anyone who is a fan of the original novel may well find this graphic novel adaption a new, interesting way to enjoy the story.
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HASH(0x971c24f8) out of 5 stars An excellent and atmospheric adaptation of a horror classic 14 April 2005
By Chadwick H. Saxelid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For many years my familiarity with Richard Matheson's Hell House was not of the novel, whose reputation as a classic is deserved, but of the equally effective, and very faithful, movie version, known as The Legend of Hell House. When Matheson adapted his novel into a screenplay he toned down the sexual tensions and altered the characterizations a bit. But the greater freedom of the comic book format allows writer Ian Edington and artist Simon Fraser to keep those tensions and characterizations intact and they let those elements play out without the constraints of a tight budget or an hour and a half running time.

Multimillionaire Rudolph Deutsch is dying and he wants hard evidence of survival after death. To collect this evidence Deutsch hires physicist and parapsychology investigator, not to mention life after death debunker, Dr. Lionel Barrett to investigate the phenomona at the Belasco House. A place that has earned to title Hell House. Joining Barrett in the investigation are his assistant wife Edith, Florence Tanner, a mental medium, and Benjamin Fischer, a physical medium and the only survivor of a previous investigation. Volume One (of Three?) introduces the characters and the Belasco House nicely, the creepy artwork is topnotch and, if the reader is familiar with the movie version, you can almost hear the creepy music that underscored The Legend of Hell House. I don't think there is a horror fan out there that wouldn't want to have this version of Matheson's frightening story. Highest recommendation.
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