Hell House - Richard Matheson It probably did not help my assessment of this novel having read both The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and I am Legend by Matheson in this year. Hell House is an inferior book to both of the previously mentioned classics. Yet it does have plenty of scares and terror. Matheson knows how to write tense moments and if the ending seems a little forced, it is a thrilling ride getting there. As far as haunted house tales goes, it still sits easily in the top ten.