Book Review–Hell House by Richard Matheson



I will be skipping Book vs. Movie posts until next year. Thank you for your patience.

This is the 84th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.


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Hell House by Richard Matheson
Published 1971


Can any soul survive?

Regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, Belasco House has witnessed scenes of almost unimaginable horror and depravity. Two previous expeditions to investigate its secrets met with disaster, the participants destroyed by murder, suicide or insanity. Now a new investigation has been mounted – four strangers, each with his or her own reason for daring the unknown torments and temptations of the mansion..




Hell House is a novel that gets a lot of praise from horror masters and fans, so I was excited to read this, but tried very hard not to get my hopes up after my last two horror disappointments.

While I was somewhat disappointed, it was much better than the previous novels I read. The beginning hooked me in, though the story seemed to drag a bit toward the middle. However, it quickly picks back up almost crazily. The final confrontation and ending were disappointing, though.

Character wise, I only really liked one of the characters, and of course they ended up being one of the house’s victims. I felt really awful for that character, too. The other three were kind of boring and I found myself not really caring what happened to them.

Not recommended for the faint of heart or those who dislike graphic gory and sexual scenes. There’s some pretty messed up things going on in this book.

Overall, I liked it, though. Definitely one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read, though.









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