Hell House

By Richard Matheson
Read by Ray Porter

9.18 Hours 07/01/2008 unabridged
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For over twenty years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity. But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House. Hell House, which inspired the 1973 film The Legend of Hell House, is Matheson’s most frightening and shocking book and an acknowledged classic of the genre.

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Summary

Summary

For over twenty years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity. But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

Hell House, which inspired the 1973 film The Legend of Hell House, is Matheson’s most frightening and shocking book and an acknowledged classic of the genre.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hell House is the scariest haunted house novel ever written. It looms over the rest the way the mountains loom over the foothills.” Stephen King
“Matheson…needs no introduction to most horror fans.” Publishers Weekly
“Much of Richard Matheson’s work has found its way into pop culture.” Amazon.com, editorial review

Reviews

Reviews

by Ashley 9/13/2017
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Ridiculous Metaphors Ruin The Story

I forced myself to get about half way through this title before deciding that it was too silly. This was meant to be a suspenseful, horror story, but it quickly delved into what one would probably make into a terrible b movie. At one point the malicious entity they are trying to excise, is described as having "skin like that of a cooked mushroom..." So, sadly, though the narration was wonderful by Ray Porter, I have to give this horror story a big thumbs down as it made me laugh more than feel afraid.
by Alan 9/13/2017
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Anyone who likes a good scare should read this...

Personally, I'm not a fan of horror or thrillers. However, I decided to give this one a shot since one of my favorite narrators, Ray Porter, worked on this title. Hell House starts like most typical horror novels do, some quick introductions of main characters along with an evil history of the property and then you are quickly transported into the house. That's when the story gets crazy. The evil spirit(s) of the house slowly make their presence known and then everything goes on a quick downward spiral from there. Ray Porter helps deliver the mood and suspense of all the characters, allowing you to feel chills from chapter to chapter. I definitely recommend this book to fans of being scared.

Author

Author Bio: Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson (1926–2013) was born in New Jersey and started living and working in California in 1951. In addition to novels in the mystery, science fiction, horror, fantasy, and western fields, he wrote many film and television scripts, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” from The Twilight Zone. He also wrote episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel, Night Gallery, and Star Trek. Several of his novels and stories have been made into movies, including The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and What Dreams May Come (starring Robin Williams). Over the course of his career he won the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Hugo Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Golden Spur Award, and the Writer’s Guild Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Horror
Runtime: 9.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English