Hell House by Richard Matheson

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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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About Richard Matheson

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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.
Published April 1, 2011 by Tor Books. 302 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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You have most likely seen a very similar setup in Shirley Jackson's 1959 classic, The Haunting of Hill House, the film House on Haunted Hill from the same year, or even the 1973 adaptation of the book, The Legend of Hell House.

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The medium gets sexually abused by haunts in a manner not inappropriate in a particularly un-censor friendly episode of “Law and Order: SVU.” What Matheson loses in his characters, he makes up for in the wringer he puts them through.

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In this day and age, many haunted house stories seem to follow a formula.

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Michael Manley 19 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 4 out of 5