I don't know what took me so long to discover this literary gem. Best book I've listened to or read in many years or maybe ever. Matheson has many elements at work here. I found it much better than any new age horror I've read. I suggest it to any horror loving reader.
The characters were stereotypical and superficial. The plot was easily guessed before it happened, and the voices of the narrator didn't fit the desctiption of the characters or their emotions when appropriate. I only finished it because I paid money for it. Definately would not recommend it.
I really want more positive votes, but people are mean. That's not about me; it's about you ha ha
I thought the story was well-crafted and would fit in really well with the horror books and movies of today.
I'd say the scene where Lionel first used Florence to see what would happen when she became aware of her power as a mental medium. It started the story off with this odd situation and was rounded out at the end.
My main reaction may not have been extreme, but it was pleasant. The reaction I had was just plain awe at Matheson's ability as a writer. And, the fact that these books were written so long ago, just affirms the awe that I have for this book and the author altogether.
This is my general review of 'Hell House' by Richard Matheson:
One sentence would be the best to describe the author of Hell House: Ahead of his time. This book, as well as I am Legend, both capture something so remarkable that I think I'm reading books from the last ten years. When I first realized these books were published from 1950's-1970's, I'm just shocked.
Normally, with horror books and movies, I like cheesy, stupid stuff. This was a horror book that was smart, witty, scary, brilliant, and incredibly fun to read. There are moments of perverse situations, so I would say it'd be rated R in a theater; but for anyone who wants a scary, smart ride, this is the perfect book.
This book lived up to its title. It was a genuine classic horror story. They don't write them like this anymore. If you are a fan of ghost and haunted house stories, I highly recommend this book. Contains many adult themes. I was not really expecting some of the sexually graphic scenes.
I listened to this book while commuting to and from work. There were days when I wanted to stay in my car and finish the chapter before turning it off. Highly recommended.