Hell House

Published On March 23, 2005 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Reviews

Sirin in the Edinburgh FPI store is recommending a four-part mini series of horror comics called Hell House. Adapted by Ian Edginton with art by Simon Fraser it’s a wonderfully old-style haunted house tale, adapted with some care and love from the great Richard Matheson’s film screenplay. Matheson, as some of you may know, wrote many fantastical and horror movie screenplays including some of the famous Edgar Alan Poe adaptations for Roger Corman and Vincent Price as well as penning the novels The Incredible Shrinking Man and I Am Legend (one of the best cold-war pieces of SF-horror ever in my humble opinion) among many other accomplishments.

The story concerns a group of investigators who set up temporary residence in the abandoned Belasco House in Maine, better know to those who look into the supernatural as Hell House. Previous investigations have ended in madness and suicides, but the current owner, Rolf Deutsch, approaching the end of his mortal life, is offering the team vast amounts of money to investigate the house and prove the existence of life after death. The entire gamut of classic haunted house narratives is here – isolated, old house with a history; spooky swamp on the grounds; concealed bodies; sudden winds and temperature drops; shadows moving when they shouldn’t; old phonographs which play themselves; apparitions…

These four black and white issues (with lusciously lurid colour covers and even a spine on the comic) are shaping up to be a real treat for horror fans who love the old 40s, 50s and 60s spooky chillers. Part three is due in April, part four in June, while the first two are available now (while stocks last, as they say), so have a look before something goes bump in the night.

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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