Hell House

Hell House

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552672777
  • 9780552672771

Review Text

The road to Hell House is paved with bricks - the son of its owner had presumably been sealed up in a wall alive; and good intentions - to scare the daylights out of you during an evening's entertainment. Although Matheson has lots of equipment as a novelist and screen writer, and all the paranormal information he needs from apports to xenoglossy, somehow he misses. You're looking on rather than taken in when a wealthy man offers $100,000 to a physicist, Dr. Barrett, and a medium, Fischer, and a sensitive, Florence Tanner, to investigate the house. The last intrusion left eight victims (dead) and one survivor, Fischer. Once again everything and everyone is unsettled: chairs rock and the cutlery cuts up; Miss Tanner exposes teeth marks on her breasts and is brutally clawed by a cat; she and Dr. Barrett's wife become sexually disturbed; their benefactor-to-be dies naturally while two others are killed and even Dr. Barrett's fine desensitizing machine fails. All of this is reasonably engineered and explained but what you've been missing is a real aura or a true frisson in these annals of trance-substantiation. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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27,591 ratings
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4 35% (9,519)
3 26% (7,037)
2 8% (2,157)
1 3% (765)
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