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His most frightening and shocking book, Hell House is Richard Matheson’s brutal and twisted take on the haunted house genre that became a classic in its own right.

For over twenty years, Belasco House has stood empty. Regarded as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, its shadowed walls have witnessed scenes of unimaginable horror and depravity. All previous attempts to probe its mysteries have ended in murder, suicide or insanity. But now, a new investigation has been launched, bringing four strangers to Belasco House in search of the ultimate secrets of life and death. A wealthy publisher, brooding over his impending death, has paid a physicist and two mediums to establish the facts of life after death once and for all. For one night, they will investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townsfolk refer to it as the Hell House.

Few novels have impacted modern day authors of the horror genre more than Hell House did upon its publication in 1971. The novel quickly became the gold standard to which a new uprising of horror authors aspired in the 1970s and 1980s. Not your mother’s haunted house tale, Hell House signaled a new generation of horror in which sex, violence and depravity were no longer off limits. Stephen King called it, “the scariest haunted house novel ever written,” while Peter Straub hailed it as “one of the absolute best contemporary horror novels,” and Rod Serling named it “unquestionably the best” of Matheson’s work.

The author adapted his novel into a screenplay for the 1973 film, The Legend of Hell House, starring Roddy McDowall and Pamela Franklin.

With Matheson’s exploration of the darkest corners of the human psyche and his ability to evoke a sense of impending doom, Hell House is still standing tall as one of the most terrifying and influential horror classics of its kind.

About The Edition
The signed limited edition of Hell House by Richard Matheson is presented in three states: Artist, Numbered and Lettered. The edition measures 6” x 9” and features six full color tipped in illustrations by William Basso as well as a new exclusive introduction by R.C. Matheson, a foreword by Mike Flanagan and an afterword by Nancy A. Collins. The illustrations are some of the final work from William Basso who sadly passed away shortly after completing the illustrations for this title.

The text pages are set in Fanwood and Margo and are printed letterpress by Norman Clayton on his Heidelberg Cylinder in Ojai, California. The title page includes an additional spot color, and the editions are printed on Mohawk Via Vellum, Mohawk Superfine, and mouldmade Hahnemühle Biblio papers.

Artist Edition
The Artist edition is limited to 750 copies, and is the only edition to include a dust jacket illustrated by William Basso. It is a smyth-sewn full cloth binding with foil blocking on the cover. Endsheets are embossed Rainbow paper and the edition is housed in a paper lined slipcase covered in Allure cloth with ends in a complimentary color. The edition is printed letterpress on Mohawk Via Vellum paper and is signed by R.C. Matheson, Mike Flanagan and Nancy A. Collins.

Product info: PREORDER (ETA: Summer 2024), published by Suntup Editions