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Hell House | Richard Matheson
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Bigwig
Hell House | Richard Matheson
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This 1971 novel might be the mean-spirited granddaddy of all modern haunted house tales. A paranormal scientist, his wife, and two psychics accept a job to uncover the secrets of a legendary mansion - the site of evils committed by a uniquely depraved (and interesting) commune decades earlier. There‘s a strong mystery intertwined with frightening and genuinely shocking moments. Be warned: Matheson does not pull punches, and he knows his craft.

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bthegood
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Mehso-so

I was a bit disappointed - it may be that reading this after Jacksons “We Have Always Lived in the Castle“ was not a good move - her story was sooo good. Hell House was good in the beginning and end - the middle part was very slow moving for me -

Now I am going to read the rest of the books in line for a #BookSpinBingo 🙂

Make a great day everyone -

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bthegood
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Here is my September #BookSpinBingo list - thanks for hosting @TheAromaofBooks

I'm starting some of my “spooky“ reads as it is fall in my mind and it is time 😂

I say it every month - I love this game - it just makes reading and interacting on Litsy even more fun!

Make a great day everyone 🙂

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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AmandaBlaze
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1. Illuminae Files
2. Horror, especially ghost stories
3. Hell House or House of Leaves
@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗 3mo
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katcalvin
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Pickpick

Classic haunted house story. Excellent read.

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Marialou
Hell House | Richard Matheson
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this. Not read a horror graphic novel before and the black and white illustrations really emphasised and amped up the creepy factor.

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AmandaBlaze
Hell House | Richard Matheson
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Eggs 🖤💀😳 7mo
braddsibbersen I have yet to read this, despite loving Matheson and haunted house stories! 7mo
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DavidDiamond
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Mehso-so

I‘ve enjoyed other works by Matheson, but this one not so much. You definitely get the haunted house vibe, especially in the beginning where a sense of dread clearly hangs in the air. But then it devolves into some kind of male sexual fantasy involving rape & other sexual abuse. So, trigger warning for that. One‘s sexual orientation is also depicted as something one should be ashamed & punished for. This book is definitely a product of its time.

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AmandaBlaze
Hell House | Richard Matheson
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This is my favorite haunted house book. It's written by one of the masters of horror and has plenty of scare factor and suspense. It's probably my most re-read book.
#horror #hauntedhouse

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AlisBookNookCorner
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TH3F4LC0N Oh, I read this book! 😃 Didn‘t really scare me, but it did make me laugh, perhaps unintentionally. 😅 Fun enough read for sure! 9mo
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TheSpineView
Hell House | Richard Matheson
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Drag Me To Hell

Klou Perfect! 10mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
Hell House | Richard Matheson
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Thank you @MsRadioSilence
You went above and beyond for #AllHallowsReadSwap!
🖤💜🖤💜🖤💜 everything in this package.
I plan on having my coffee (or tea) today in this fabulous moon phase mug.
You can never be too witchy and those socks are the best, I‘m thrilled to have a copy of my favorite ghost story Hell House.
🖤 the pop up haunted houses, bookmarks, and cat magnets. The little hand in the mini palmistry kit is so cool.

Thank you so much.

MsRadioSilence 🧡🖤No thank YOU for organizing this swap!! It‘s been a blast 11mo
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zguta
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“If only I could sleep, she thought. Her smile was barren. The human mind, she thought.This afternoon she‘d wanted to stay awake until their stay in Hell House was ended. Now she wanted nothing more than to drift into unconsciousness, eliminating eight or nine hours of their remaining time here.”

Books for Halloween
#reading #halloweencountdown

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MalaysianBiblioholic
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So... I built a fort for my cat. Books - so multipurpose 😉

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MaleficentBookDragon
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1. Hell House
2. The chapter with the bed sheet. 😱 Enough said.
3. I hate the #bodyhorror #tortureporn genres. I just can‘t do it.
4. Any science gone wrong made creature. Or Bigfoot. Or Nessie. Oh hell I 🖤 them all! Except bugs and worms. Never worms.
5. Bookmarks and magnets.
#creepychristmas

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DaveNeufeld
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Hauntings are usually the sub-genre of horror that spooks me the most (at least on screen), so I gave this a go as a seasonal read. I mostly enjoyed it, but I won‘t be having any trouble sleeping at night.

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britt_reads
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I‘d like to start by issuing a warning that there is a lot of crude sexual content and sexual violence in this one. That is often anticipated in horror, but it is used heavily in this book. That being said, I was able to appreciate it as a cult classic in the horror genre, and I was flying through it by the end.

+16 for #teamharkness

#scarathlon2020 #screamathon #outstandingoctober #bookspinbingo #thrilloween (Haunted House) #cocoturns50

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
CocoReads Great job! 👏👏👏👏 that cover is super creepy too. 😱 2y
daisyheadmaesie I'm brand new to Litsy and am seeing quite a few of these point system challenges... How does it work? 2y
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britt_reads
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My apologies for the lack of #scarathlon2020 updates this week. I began reading this, and I made it about halfway through before receiving some horrible news about my grandma. Not only am I having a hard time staying focused, but this particular book might be a little too intense for me right now. I think I‘ll try to move on and return to it later.

#TeamHarkness @StayCurious

StayCurious So sorry to hear:( Read something happy to distract yourself. 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Very sorry to hear. Definitely agree that you should read something that will take your mind away. ❤️ 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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What is your #HalloweenAesthetic?
Share your scary style and favorite books- help your matches “get to know you”.
I'm all about the misunderstood villains (I can see their side of things).
My obsession with haunted books started at 11 with The Amittyville Horror (which terrified me) and has kept going since. The scariest book EVER is Hell House, even the movie scared me.
#hauntedhallowswap #allhallowsreadswap @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn I love the Frankenstein funko! ❤️ 🎃🖤🧡☠️ 2y
MaleficentBookDragon @wanderinglynn I know, he is adorable! I need to find him for myself. 2y
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Reggie
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4 people take on the task of staying a week at the haunted Belasco House in search of answers and money. At first, I didn‘t care for the characters. But as the house starts to use their inner fears against them, it got better having a better sense of who they were. There is a lot more violence than I thought there would be. There‘s also a lot of frustration with choices made by people. Just get out!!! But that doesn‘t make a horror novel. Pick!

LeahBergen I have this on my shelf and have been a bit scared to read it. 😆😆 I love a good “old school horror” though! (edited) 2y
Reggie @LeahBergen you might want to leave it there. It is a book of it‘s time. I just want to make a promise that if I ever write a horror novel, I will write an objectifying so hard, gratuitous shower scene of a naked guy and detail all the parts the soap suds will go. Lol there is some definite ‘man writes woman‘ stuff going on in here. 2y
batsy @Reggie Is there a way for me to already pre-order this horror novel you're going to write? Lol ❤️ 2y
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LitStephanie @Reggie have you read his short story "Mad House?" Interesting take on the haunted house theme where the house sucks up years of a man's anger and turns on him. 2y
Reggie @batsy Lol, there‘s this shower scene in here and I just had to wonder what the point of it was. 2y
Reggie @LitStephanie Yes!!!! I read I Am Legend last year and it was one of the short stories in the back. It was so good and sad. He gets so uncontrollably angry and treats the wife horribly. 2y
LitStephanie @reggie yes, it was kind of sad but as I recall his wife left for more than just a grocery run, so good for her! 2y
LeahBergen I‘m signing up for the pre-order, too, @batsy . 😂😂 2y
rohit-sawant Echoing @batsy as well! 😂 I've been meaning to read this one for years. 2y
Reggie @rohit-sawant lol. I think this book is worth a read to a horror aficionado like yourself. 2y
llcoolnate @Reggie Yes! hahaha horror books all to often have these scene where i'm like “just how horny would you have to be to write, rewrite, edit, and re-edit this scene...?“ hahaha 2y
Reggie @llcoolnate Lol, I did think to myself, these guys didn‘t have the internet back in the day. 2y
llcoolnate @Reggie hahaha too true 2y
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Godpants
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I thought this was really good. I read a lot of reviews that think that it tried to hard to be super scary, or that it was homophobic (which IT kinda IS), or that there is too much sexual violence, and I‘m not saying that these things are handled in the best way always, but this was written in 1971. And it‘s a horror novel.

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IamIamIam
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I'm a big Richard Matheson fan & thought I'd share this deal for today!! It's one of my favorites of his and the movie isn't so shabby either! 😁👻
#quarantinereads

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Godpants
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My hold for this one is about to expire, and I‘ve been meaning to read it for years. I love a good haunted house story.

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mothmonsterman
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Panpan

😨 this....had a lot more sexual content than I was expecting haha. glad I read it, so I don‘t ever have to read it again. Definitely not one of my favorites, but HUGE TW for sexual assault if you decide to pick it up.!! //// #horrorbooks #horror #hellhouse #richardmatheson

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MaleficentBookDragon
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I could not resist this swap. Signs up end tonight. Check out @teebe 's page.
#CreepyChristmas

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LauraJ
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This was written in 1971 and is definitely of its time, but it‘s still scarier than the slew of paranormal investigator shows and movies that have been released in the past few years.
#teamstoker #24b4monday #scarathlon

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
Andrew65 Cover makes it look scary. 3y
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LauraJ
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Happy Birthday to me 🎂 I bought my own present!
#teamstoker #scarathlon

BeansPage A VERY SCARY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU SWEETHEART!!! 👻🎂👻 3y
LeahBergen I just posted about this one - you must let me know how scary it is! 😆 3y
CoffeeCatsBooks Happy birthday!!🎂🎈🎉 3y
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TheLibrarian Happy Birthday! 3y
JoScho Happy Birthday 🎈🎉🎂 3y
Amiable Happy birthday! Best kind of present, I agree. 3y
kspenmoll Happy birthday! 🎂🎊🎉 3y
sharread Happy Birthday 👏🎃💥🥂 3y
lele1432 Happy Birthday!! 🎉🎉🎉 3y
Chrissyreadit Happy Birthday! 3y
LauraJ @LeahBergen Will do. I‘ve been meaning to read it for years. 3y
LauraJ @TheReadingMermaid Thank you! 🖤 3y
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LeahBergen
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Stephen King says this “is the scariest #Haunted house novel ever written” (which is probably why it‘s still languishing on my TBR 😆😆).

To those of you who have read it: is it really that scary?

#ScreamathonPhotoChallenge
#Screamathon

LibraryCin I didnt say in my review whether or not i was scared. I did mention a lot of violence and i rated it 3.5 stars, which for me was good. I said it started off slow, but kept building as it went. 3y
LibraryCin I will add the violence toward the women was sexual violence whereas against men was physical violence. 3y
saresmoore The cover is too scary for my taste. 🙀 3y
LeahBergen @LibraryCin Yikes! Thanks for the heads up. 3y
LeahBergen @saresmoore Mine, as well! 😆😆 It was a $1 buy as I had always heard it was a haunted house cult classic. 3y
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PathfinderNicole
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Mehso-so

This ghost story did scare me (like a lot...I might need a nightlight tonight) I just didn‘t love it. #teamstoker #scarathon @TheReadingMermaid

BeansPage 🧟‍♀️ 3y
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Ingridelaine82
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I enjoyed reading this book for its lack of depth and the general fun ride. I can see why Richard Matheson has inspired so many other horror writers over the years, as the imagery and descriptions are interesting for the time it was written. Short, enjoyable, and easy to read.

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Busha1984
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Your classic haunted house novel. I liked the overall story but hated the women characters. They were basically liabilities. Hell House is fairly, sexually graphic so if you have problems with that, I probably wouldn't recommend it. Also, a little disappointed in the ending. It fell flat to me.

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Joysiam
Hell House | Richard Matheson
Mehso-so

I wanted to like this much more than I did. Some good scares moments but fell flat and just fair for me.

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JoScho
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Karen thank you so much for sending me this book and the thoughtful card and bookmark. You are so kind. I do love a good haunted house book! You made my day ❤️❤️❤️
#jb

Chili I hope you like it. It‘s one of my favorites. 😊 4y
JoScho @Chili I am sure I will! 4y
Kaye Looks spooky just like you like them, Jody. 👀👻☠️👽💀 4y
JoScho @kaye lol yes it does! 🖤 4y
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ReadingOver50
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Mehso-so

Not sure that this book holds up that well. The main ghost story holds up, but the characters are terrible. Dr. Lionel Barrett was so condescending. His wife was so weak and ineffectual. It‘s hard to care what happens to them.

IamIamIam I liked this but I hated the ending! They can't all be spectacular! Lol 4y
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RainyDayReading
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Finished this a while ago but forgot to post 🙈 Overall I really enjoyed this one! Easy to read and the story was interesting. That being said the heavy sexual nature wasn‘t something I was expecting and felt a bit let down by it. In the sense that it was all the author could do to make it creepy was the feeling I got from it. Not a fan of what happened to a certain character and the ultimate resolution was a bit anticlimactic ⬇️

RainyDayReading But I still enjoyed reading it. Overall I‘d say 3.5 🌟 for this one. Just wish the sexual content wasn‘t as heavy handed as it was. 4y
ReadingOver50 Just started this 4y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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#TUESDAYTIDBITS
@JenlovesJT47
1. Neither
2. Both
3. Both, but I have a tradition of watching Halloween on Halloween night. This year I'm going to the movies to see the new one instead.
4. @TheReadingMermaid
Bonus: Helll House by Richard Matheson. Legit scary.

JenlovesJT47 🧡🖤🧡 4y
BeansPage Thanks for the tag love 🖤😘💕 4y
LeahBergen I recently bought Hell House. 😬 4y
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RainyDayReading
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Not sure that this is the best thing to read while sitting in the ER but it‘s all I got. Should be able to finish this today with how things are going.

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RainyDayReading
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Next up! Not very far into it but enjoying the story so far.

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toofondofbooks
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Panpan

I couldn't finish this one. I've enjoyed the other Matheson I've read, but this was just too vulgar and graphic for me.

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annkuch13
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Panpan

This was a reread/relisten for me. I didn't enjoy it as much as I did five years ago. It's a good read if you're interested in the history of the genre but a bit problematic. And certainly not spooky by today's standards.

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AvastYeTaint
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Very good, slow burning book. I bought it with high expectations after seeing it recommended on /r/horrorlit but soon lowered them after seeing some reviews about it. Not quite sure why the negative reviews focused on the only spooky thing being sodomy, which was mentioned in passing in the history of the house. Tons of twists and turns and now I'm looking to watch the movie based on the book "The Legend of Hell House". 4/5 Skulls #horror

MStew 🤘 4y
MaleficentBookDragon Welcome to Litsy! This is one of my favorite old school ghost stories. I even liked the movie. 4y
AvastYeTaint Nice! I liked it. I want to give it some time before I read “The Haunting of Hill House” to see how they stack up. 4y
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AvastYeTaint
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Starting on Hell House tonight. Hoping the scares are plenty. #horror #hellhouse

MStew I wanna read this too, I am legend was great! 4y
AvastYeTaint @meghan2714 This is my first Matheson. I'll have to check out I Am Legend if I end up enjoying Hell House. 4y
MStew @AvastYeTaint sounds good! Share your thoughts on hell house I need to read this one still😄 4y
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sprainedbrain
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I enjoyed this classic horror novel, but I think I will skip actually going to Hell House on my trip. 😱

#AugustIsATrip #Hell

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too!! 😈😱 4y
vkois88 No thank you! I'll avoid it too lol 4y
TheNeverendingTBR This is meant to be great! 😊 4y
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aurora.dawn
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Such a cute dedication for a horror novel!

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Victoriahoperose
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This definitely had a vibe going on that reminded me of “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson. I would definitely say that I liked “The Haunting” better, but this was also good. I feel like here was a lot of shock value and gore, almost if The Haunting was mixed with The Exorcist. But, it was definitely scary and made me want to sleep with the lights on!

Autumnlong Have you read I Am Legend? I loved that one 😳 it was surprisingly powerful. 5y
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Melkyl
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This was a great book by a well-known horror writer. The only other book I have read my Matheson is I Am Legend, and I liked this one much more. As I have heard many others say, I appreciated the intelligent vocabulary in this novel. The story was scary and led to a satisfying ending. If you don‘t like bad language and/or sexual situations, you should avoid this book. One final thing, the main character, Dr. Barrett, is a condescending jerk.

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JamesChatham
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Sexist, homophobic, and Matheson couldn‘t even be bothered to drum up some tension and scare the reader. It‘s like The Haunting of Hill House but shitty.

saresmoore Ugh. 5y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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1. Neither. I‘m a monster girl. 👹
2. Werewolves!
3. I love them both
4. Haunted of course (possession is so gross; too much throw up)👻
5. Just try and scare me.
6. Hell House is legit creepy. Subtle and tense. Matheson is a master. I even enjoyed the 1973 movie adaptation.
#boobooks

LeahBergen And now I want to read Hell House. 👏🏻 5y
monalyisha Hahaha #4 😂🤢 5y
Sha0102 @LeahBergen So do I 😅 5y
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