Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hell House in Maine revisited

While most folks know that Stephen King's books focus predominantly on the state of Maine, few know that some of the classics of the horror genre are set in our home state as well. Maine Crime Writer blog, run by Patrick Shawn Bagley, takes a moment to focus on one of these: Hell House by Richard Matheson, author of other horror books such as I Am Legend, basis of the Vincent Price classic "Last Man on Earth." Hell House was later made into a terrifically chilling motion picture starring Roddy McDowall, "The Legend of Hell House." Since Matheson did the screenplay himself, it mirrors the book almost exactly.

Bagley sets the scene by stating, "I can’t think of a better way to kick off the Halloween season than by visiting Richard Matheson’s Hell House. The Belasco House in Caribou Falls, Maine is the 'Mt. Everest of haunted houses.'"

Read the rest of his post about this fictitious Maine haunt here.


Mark LaFlamme said...

Hell House is among my favorite books ever and I've never been to this place. I'm deeply ashamed.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

Thanks for the plug. HELL HOUSE is a book that deserves to be more widely known