All attempts to probe the mysteries of Belasco House have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity--but now a new investigation has been launched, ...Show synopsisAll attempts to probe the mysteries of Belasco House have ended in murder, suicide, or insanity--but now a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death.Hide synopsis
Description:Good. 0670365858 USED BOOK in good condition| No supplements|...Good. 0670365858 USED BOOK in good condition| No supplements| Normal wear to cover, edges, spine, corners, and pages | Writing / highlighting | Inventory stickers | Satisfaction guaranteed!
Description:Very Good/Near Fine. 0670365858 Black marker over gift...Very Good/Near Fine. 0670365858 Black marker over gift inscription on half title page. A few smudges on fore edge. Lower tips of covers slightly bumped. Jacket would be fine except the price on the front flap has been x-ed over in pen.
Description:Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. Barron (ed), Horror...Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-216. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 725-27. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-173. King list, p. 390. Winter list, p. 270. Binding slightly leaned, private owner's bookplate affixed to front paste-down, a near fine copy in very good dust jacket with light wear at head and tail of spine panel and corner tips, several closed tears at edges (mostly at folds), and clipped price. Externally, the jacket is attractive. (#86083)
Description:Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 0670365858. The basis for...Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 0670365858. The basis for the 1973 film "The Legend of Hell House. " First edition. Hint of a spine slant, else near fine in a near fine (two small creases to corners of front flap, vertical crease to rear flap, hint of age tanning to flap and rear panel edges) dust jacket. A reasonably well preserved and attractive copy.
Description:Very good in fine dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards....Very good in fine dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 279 p. Audience: General/trade. BOOKS-TO-FILM; Made into the cult classic horror movie. No major flaws, lite foxing to edge, solid binding. Endorsed on back jacket by ROD SERLING.
Hell House by Richard Matheson is based on a much older -and perhaps truer- real haunted-house story by Edward Bulwer Lytton called "The Haunters and The Haunted" (or "The House and The Brain"). Matheson was very effective in using Belasco find a theosophick or magick means to preserve his astral-etheric body in the house where he had lived for so long. Matheson uses horrifying books from the real annals of medical science. This was shown in the film that was based on Matheson's book. The books, however are real books of pathology and aberrant psychiatry of the turn of the century. Belasco perpetrated satanic sexual pleasures and he also celebrated magickal rituals of a diabolical nature. The film is good and can be easily obtained in DVD. It features an English girl named Pamela Franklin (sic) who must have been a bit witchy herself for she only played English horror films. In conjunction with the novel by Sir Bulwer Lytton, Matheson's book is very effective, really spooky. It deals with satanic worship at a very high theological level. Also, the mentions of medical pathologies, teratologies, and abnormal psychopathologies are very creepy because they were real cases of monstrosities in the medical literature of the Victorian era. Belasco, was, of course, an Englishman, and he must have been a master of the black arts for he found a way to become earth-bound after his death. This method is a creepy Rosicrucian secret.
This story reminded me a lot of "The Haunting of Hill House" but it was a lot more violent and graphic in tone. At the request of a dying millonaire who wants solid proof that there is life after death two mediums a physics professor and his wife agree to stay at the Belasco house for one week. One of the guests is a former child prodigy at mediumship and the only survior at a failed attempt to clean the house. During their stay the house starts play mind games with them and of course what's a good haunted house story without a creepy background some gore and the guests dying off?
This book is called a cult classic and one of the scariest haunted house stories ever written. The only thing I found truly interesting was the background story into what made the house haunted. The owner of the house Belasco "The Roaring Giant" invited his guests to do as the pleased. This does make for a great tense setting for a haunted house, but the characters aren't likeable and you don't really find yourself routing for anyone's survival or their theory to pan out. But if you truly love ghost stories you might want to read this one.
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