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review 2018-03-01 14:41
Hell House
Hell House - Richard Matheson
Well, that was not what I had expected. I didn’t expect all the sexual and passionate aspects of this novel. I did enjoy this novel though and I thought the historical elements and the characters in the novel complimented each other. All the while I was reading this novel, I kept thinking “Vincent Price”, this novel had his name written all over it.
When Barrett is asked to investigate the Belasco House in Maine, I, myself was intrigued to find out the secrets that this house possessed. Being sealed up tight for thirty years, would the mysteries that this house once possessed still be alive after all this time? The history of this house, it’s owner and the guests that once walked through its front door was quite the story. The house became more like a fortress, the occupants choosing their own fate.
Barrett had a week to complete his mission and once inside the house, I didn’t feel like a week was long enough for him. I liked how the house was interacting with its new guests. Accompanied by his wife and armed with a few individuals who might be able to help the physicist, the doctor realizes soon that, they are not alone.
I liked how everyone in the house has their own story. They all have their own point of view of the mysteries that are surrounding this house. The events that are occurring are not repetitive and routine but they spark curiosity and imagination. The character of Florence, she was the most fascinating and interesting one of all. I just never knew what she would do. I’m glad I finally got around to reading this. 3.5 stars


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review 2018-01-21 02:53
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
I Am Legend - Richard Matheson

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was good! I really didn't have this book on my radar until recently. Sure, I saw the movie with Will Smith but I honestly wasn't all that impressed with it. I knew that the movie was based on a book but didn't really feel the need to pick it up. When Audible had their 20th anniversary celebration a few months ago, they offered this book free to members so I snatched up a copy. I was in the mood for a shorter listen recently and decided to go with this book and I really ended up enjoying it.

So when I started this book, I thought it was a zombie book. I don't even know what I am doing some days. This is not a zombie book. I guess I really didn't pay all that much attention to that Will Smith movie after all because this is a vampire book. In my defense these vampires are almost zombie-like in a whole lot of ways.

Robert Neville is alone. He is the last person around in a world full of vampires. He spends his days gathering supplies and staking the vampires that he finds. He spends his nights locked in his house trying to ignore the vampires that gather outside his home. He does this every day and is utterly alone. He does some research to try to figure out the cause of the outbreak and to learn as much as he can. 

This was the first time that I have listened to Robertson Dean's narration and I really did enjoy it. I thought that his voice was perfect for Neville and he brought the right amount of emotion into the story. I thought that he had a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time. I would not hesitate to choose another book narrated by Robertson Dean.

I would recommend this book to others. It is a great story about a man trying to navigate the world alone. I am quite sure that this audiobook will have a much more lasting impact on me than the movie did. I do hope to read more of Richard Matheson's work in the future.

Initial Thoughts
Why did I think that this was a zombie story? Obviously, I am clueless plus I never read blurbs before starting a book. Anyway, I liked this vampire story. I have seen the movie but it was a long time ago and I wasn't all that impressed. I do think that the book was very different and a whole lot better. The narrator does a great job with the story.

Book source: Audible

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review 2017-11-17 19:44
Hell House by Richard Matheson
Hell House - Richard Matheson,Ray Porter

Bought during Audible's $2.99 sale (10/13/17)! . It's more now, sorry about that.


A rich guy offers to pay a group of people to stay a few nights in a haunted house to prove there is life after death. All previous attempts to do such a stupid thing at this particular house have ended very badly for the suckers brave or stupid or hard-up enough to have a sleep-over. It’s no different this time around.


I read this book closely on the heels of finishing up Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House which was probably a big mistake on my part as the premise of these two books is nearly identical and Jackson’s story didn’t thrill me the way it did most people. Same goes for Hell House though I did like it a wee bit more than Jackson’s story but probably only because it was more lurid and crazy-pants and I like that kind of thing but it does suffer from the same over the top characterization.


This story is much more sexually horrifying. Some of the things that happen within these pages are upsetting. Trust me on this. The house was basically turned into a pit of debauchery and hellish events when its original owner cuts loose with a group of hangers-on who dip into orgies, drugs, murder, cannibalism (as you will, I guess) and every other nasty thing your brain can imagine! The house is tainted and incredibly haunted by a horny ghost who eventually infects the woman folk and does shocking pervy things.


I listened to this story on audio and the narrator, Ray Porter, does an excellent job. He is deadly serious which suits the story and he manages to deliver the lady voices in a way that doesn’t make them sound completely ridiculous even when they’re forced to behave in overly hysterical ways. He does a good job with the men and the evil inhabiting the house as well.


I’m going to give this the same rating as the Jackson book. 3 Stars.

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text 2017-10-30 17:50
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Hell House - Richard Matheson

Reading for ‘Ghost’ in Halloween Bingo. 


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text 2017-02-16 12:47
Offbeat: Uncollected Stories by Richard Matheson

Our much-anticipated collection of rare Richard Matheson short stories, OFFBEAT, newly introduced by David J. Schow, is now up for preorder worldwide for paperback and Kindle! The release date is Feb. 28. Visit our website for pre-order links.


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