Book Review: Hell House

Title: Hell House

hell houseAuthor: Richard Matheson

Pages: 301

Genre: Horror

Summary: “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.” ~from

This book was soooo good. The writing was great, there were so many scary moments, and I was just hooked from beginning to end.

I really liked the characters, especially Fischer. Barrett was kind of an ass, but Edith and Florence were good. All the characters were really well-written too. The haunting was really well done, and the events in the house were built up really well. It started out with smaller things and then escalated to full-on attacks on the characters. It was handled really well and there were several moments where I was tense and on the edge of my seat.

The reason for the haunting is kind of silly in my opinion, and that’s the only thing that takes away from the book (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER thereasonisbecauseBelasco’sshortandIthinkthat’sreallydumb SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER). Otherwise though, this book was really, really good and I loved every minute of it.

Definitely a great book for Halloween.

My rating: ★★★★★


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