Richard Burton Matheson (1926-2013) was an American writer of fantasy, horror and science fiction books. He is also known as a scriptwriter, including for the television series The Twilight Zone. Among the most famous works of Matheson are I Am Legend (1954), The Shrinking Man (1956), A Stir of Echoes (1958), Hell House (1971) and What Dreams May Come (1978). Many of his works have been filmed. Hell House is a typical horror book about a bewitched house, but like Stephen King said, "Hell House is the scariest haunted house novel ever written. It looms over the rest the way the mountains loom over the foothills."
In Hell House, all attempts that are made to discover the secrets of Belasco House end in murder, suicide or madness. But then a new survey is undertaken. Four strangers are looking for the ultimate secrets of life and death.
"Hell House is the scariest haunted house novel ever written. It looms over the rest the way the mountains loom over the foothills." -- Stephen King
Rolf Rudolph Deutsch is going die. But when Deutsch, a wealthy magazine and newpaper publisher, starts thinking seriously about his impending death, he offers to pay a physicist and two mediums, one physical and one mental, $100,000 each to establish the facts of life after death.
Dr. Lionel Barrett, the physicist, accompanied by the mediums, travel to the Belasco House in Maine, which has been abandoned and sealed since 1949 after a decade of drug addiction, alcoholism, and debauchery. For one night, Barrett and his colleagues investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townfolks refer to it as the Hell House.