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Hell House by Richard Matheson

Hell House (original 1971; edition 1971)

by Richard Matheson

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Title:Hell House
Authors:Richard Matheson
Info:New York, Viking Press [1971]
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Ghost stories, 1970s, American, Northeast

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Hell House by Richard Matheson (1971)

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    The Shining by Stephen King (angelikat)
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    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (sturlington)
    sturlington: Hell House was clearly inspired by The Haunting of Hill House.
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    The Medusa In The Shield (Dark Descent) by David G. Hartwell (cammykitty)
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    The Supernaturals by David L. Golemon (Scottneumann)
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    The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson (Moomin_Mama)
    Moomin_Mama: Both very 70s, a bit dated, scary in places but unintentially funny in others... and both about haunted houses.

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people have compared this to The Shining. i don’t see that at all. at its core, however, it is a complete ripoff of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House but it goes much further in its description and treatment of the characters and themes. unlike Hill House, Matheson’s book can’t keep itself from delving into the realm of realistic descriptions of gore and sex, using them to shock and put readers off balance. Like the scenes in The Exorcist where the girl is demanding certain lewd acts be performed.

i nearly stopped reading this before i had gotten past the first chapter. i am still wondering how no one has commented on the almost exact similarities between this and Hill House. i don’t want to write them all out because they are too numerous but to name just a few: a scholarly type, his wife, a psychic, a survivor from a previous adventure in the house, a house that has a monstrous reputation, it’s secluded, two people supply them with food and service but never, ever stay, flirtation with lesbianism, a bog or tarn in which people die, a deranged owner/builder of the house orchestrated lots of depraved acts within its walls, etc., etc., etc.

Matheson did nothing but rewrite Jackson’s book with a much less subtle hand. while much of the prose and dialogue in Jackson’s book annoyed me numb, Matheson’s did not. nevertheless, it’s the same story but with more graphic details and a more conclusive ending.

i cannot give it any more than one star and that because the writing isn’t terrible and it puts forward some interesting ideas about the “paranormal.” more than that, it is so close to plagiarism that i cannot understand how it remains on any list of best horror books.
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  keebrook | Mar 10, 2015 |
Dated, especially in the portrayal of women, but an entertaining tale. Weird ending (not in a good way). We read this for my book club as our "Halloween" read and it fit that theme nicely. ( )
  sparemethecensor | Oct 25, 2014 |
This was a very scary book! could have done with a lot less sexual situations though. ( )
  hredwards | Oct 8, 2014 |
Read for my American Gothic class. I found it strangely exploitative, and it made me uncomfortable. ( )
  sighedtosleep | Sep 1, 2014 |
I haven't got a clue how to rate this book. There are too many things I found either funny or plain bad. I even waited for a day or so to think about it. On the one hand, I like haunted house theme (half a star for the theme). On the other, there are tons of things which I really didn't like. First, it isn't scary. At all. Sure, there are a few moments that should have been scary, but for me they were plain flat - as if I was watching from above.
Second, I didn't like the characters or how they were presented. Barret, the self appointed unofficial leader of the group of people who were hired to spend a few days in that house, is the worst with his constant patronizing chuckle and calmness.
Simply put: I didn't like this story. The ending is hilarious. I think this story might probably be better as a film. I really thought I'd like this book more. ( )
1 vote Irena. | Aug 26, 2014 |
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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.

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A group of four people enter Belasco House, known as the "Mount Everest of haunted houses."

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