"Books Fall Open, You Fall In"
I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars.
The Belasco House, long abandoned and sealed off from the world, is about to have some visitors. Dr Lionel Barrett and two mediums are going to enter the home dubbed Hell House in order to determine if life after death exists. The house, unfortunately, has other plans.
I read this book for Goodreads Horror week. I’m a huge fan of horror novels and movies so it’s quite the surprise that I’ve never read this before. It’s a classic haunted house story that although not scary by today’s standards, definitely would have caused a stir upon its release with some of its content. I enjoyed all the characters and how they all had the same goal when entering Hell House but for very different reasons. Each character was fully developed and interesting in their own right. The story, as stated previously, is a classic haunted house tale but also a novel about possession, debauchery and evil. Although sexual deviancy isn’t something missing from most of today’s horror fiction, it wasn’t quite as widespread then making this book dubbed “one of the most frightening and shocking ever written.” I’m not sure I would agree with that, but I would definitely add it to my top 10. A great read for any horror fan.
Total pages: 304, Paperback
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