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Richard Matheson's Hell House Paperback – 23 Oct 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; 01 edition (23 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600102638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600102639
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1.3 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,261,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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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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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I was pretty disappointed by this novel. The concept seemed great, the history of the house and the first act of the book set the story up nicely but then it all went downhill pretty quickly.
I think when it comes to horror, less is definitely more. Little noises, small movements, minor disturbances are far more believable and scary than full blown apparitions and destructive poltergeist activity which was the majority of this story.
The novel definitely had its moments, but unfortunately for me they weren't enough to warrant a better rating.
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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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There's no doubt that this is a classic horror however there's no avoiding the fact that it feels rather dated. And not always in the good way that "classics" are supposed to. Still, it's a brilliant story and masterfully written. Fun and essential reading for any ghost-horror genre fan.
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Far more brutal and intense than the film version, this novel moves along at a great pace, thanks mainly to Matheson's crisp, no-nonsense prose and the fact that the entire action of the story takes place over the course of just a few days as the ghost of cruel and sadistic libertine, Emeric Belasco, concentrates all its efforts on the destruction of a team of squabbling scientists and psychics employed by a dying millionaire to prove that life exists after death. There is so much in this novel that didn't make it into the film and there are some genuinely shocking scenes (as Matheson once pointed out following criticism of the book's violence and sexual preoccupations, what's the point in writing a story about the most evil house in the world if all you're going to do is have leprechauns running around?) and its influence is readily apparent in a lot of the haunted house novels that came after it (King's 'The Shining', for instance, which contains scenes that read as if they were lifted straight from Matheson's novel, and Chet Williamson's entertaining, if inferior, 'Soulstorm'). The greatest haunted house story ever written is undoubtedly Shirley Jackson's subtler, trickier 'Haunting of Hill House' - but for sheer unadulterated funhouse thrills and chills, 'Hell House' can't be bettered.
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