Richard Matheson is one of the single greatest genre writers to have ever lived. He wrote I AM LEGEND, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, many episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and, one of my favorite haunted house stories (told you that haunted houses would be reoccurring on this list), HELL HOUSE.
A team of psychic investigators going into a haunted house is extremely common in the horror genre still to this day but HELL HOUSE is the best version of that story. What separates this from other spooky house stories is that the ghosts are fucking mean and perverted. The spirits inhabiting Hell House come about from a failed attempt to reenact the events of the Marquis de Sade’s 120 DAYS OF SODOM. This gives the haunting a weird psycho-sexual overtone that you don’t see too often.
This novel is a masterpiece of the horror genre. If you haven’t read this, unfuck that. Also, just read everything Richard Matheson has written. He was one of the true masters.
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