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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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Hell House
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3.7 / 5
November 18th, 2014
I read this because it was so highly rated as the best haunted house story ever written. I found it boring, slow and predictable. The characters weren't likeable and the story just drifted along until the anticlimactic end.
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January 8th, 2014
This book gave me nightmares in the beginning lol. Little disappointed with the ending.
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October 4th, 2013
The Arena: Belasco House, the Mount Everest of haunted houses, the setting for decades of advanced study in death, debauchery, and dark passions, and the only place on Earth where life after death has yet to be refuted. The Challengers: A brilliant physicist determined to prove his theories, his wife, two reputable mediums. The Mission: Prove once and for all the truth or falsehood of life after death. Under Matheson's brilliant hand, the tired idea of people paid to spend the night in a haunted house forced to earn their money is revitalized. The tension of expectation builds certainly toward a shattering confrontation between the champions of science, superstition and pure will to survive. This is not just a thrill ride though; Hell House is a thoughtful, intelligent and well-written horror novel which may leave you thinking about life and death in ways you have never considered before.
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Hell house not as scary as Amityvill
April 1st, 2013
A decent horror story that uses extreme acts to shock the reader more than scare them. The excessive use of the grotesque almost takes away from the fear that could be inspired in the reader. Not chilling, but worth reading for any fan of horror books or for any fan of the macabre.
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