Saturday, September 27, 2014

Crossover Cover: Return to Hell House

This novella (which first appeared in the anthology He is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson) is a prequel to Matheson's novel Hell House, which is in the CU through references in two of Kim Newman's stories. It is mentioned that a member of a previous expedition to Maine's Belasco Mansion in 1931 was driven insane by the experience, and was shipped off to Castle Rock Asylum. The town of Castle Rock, Maine is a recurring locale in the works of Stephen King.


  1. So Return to Hell House is a prequel story. So they aren't really returning to Hell House are they?

    I need to read the original some time.

    It seems fitting that Stephen King is referenced in the story since King always claimed Matheson was his biggest influence.

  2. I think it refers to the fact that the expedition in the story is a follow-up to the 1931 one.

  3. That makes sense.

    New England seems to be the center of the supernatural horror of the CU. Well, that's mostly because Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft lived there, but I wonder if anyone's theorized why it is in the CU.