Published by Blackstone Audio Inc., Viking on June 28th 1971
"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
Rolf Rudolph Deutsch is going die. But when Deutsch, a wealthy magazine and newspaper 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.
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. But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death.
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BOO! I hope all you ghosts and goblins are ready for Trick or Treat! As if some of my recent reviews haven’t been scary enough, this week we are going to visit a real haunted house! Hell House by the late Richard Matheson is a classic horror story from a author who wrote books and screenplays as well as some of the scripts for the television series Twilight Zone. The storyline focuses on four main characters who have been assembled to prove or disprove once and for all whether the spirit survives after death. The laboratory for their research is Belasco House, AKA Hell House, the former home of a man whom the author paints with such an evil brush it will make you shudder. He isn’t just depraved, he is morally bankrupt in every way; he is also dead and it is up to the research team to decide if the unearthly power that emanates from the very walls of the house is a sign his spirit lives on or if there is a scientific explanation for the phenomena that have occurred there. As the team members ponder the question “where is the power?”, they must also ask themselves if any of them will make it out of the house alive.
Narrator Ray Porter doesn’t just read Hell House, he performs the creepy and not so creepy characters with dramatic expertise and sucks you into the Hell that is the Mt. Everest of haunted houses. Bravo Mr. Porter!!!
Writer Stephen King identifies Richard Matheson as an inspiration for his own work. If you are a fan of Mr. King, then you may be able to imagine what sorts of creatures will float through the lines of Hell House. This is a masterfully written story with a host of graphically drawn characters — mental and physical mediums, a scientist, sexual deviants, a rich old man with too much money to spend, and a deranged cat who is possessed by the dead homeowner 🙀. Add to the caldron one floating severed hand, a suffocating invasion of moths, a panther and you have a fine brew for this ghoulish tale! The last two hours are so engrossing, all I can say is I hope no one yells “BOO!” while you are listening or you may become just another casualty of Hell House. 💀