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Product Details

  • Series: Hell House (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Viper Comics (September 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982711735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982711736
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,228,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hell House is a very strong effort... extremely good.  4 out of  5 stars" - Craig Reade, Comixtreme.com

"I predict that HELL HOUSE will be banned from libraries across the nation. This graphic novel is going to give Christians and Atheists alike terrible nightmares." --Ernessa T. Carter, Fierceandnerdy.com

"...incredible illustrations by Tsubusa Yoroza... amazing, and definitely worth a read." --HorrorNews.net

"HELL HOUSE is equal parts thought provoking, bitingly satirical and drenched in blood, an original take on the genre that would do George Romero proud." - Mark Sable, writer of "Cthulhu Tales" and "Two-Face: Year One"

"This book is a vile, deviant piece of trash. If you consider yourself a good Christian or even a good human being, avoid Hell House at all cost." --Reverend Bernard Eaton, WayCross Evangelical Church

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"I predict that HELL HOUSE will be banned from libraries across the nation. This graphic novel is going to give Christians and Atheists alike terrible nightmares." --Ernessa T. Carter, Fierceandnerdy.com <span id="thumbprint"> </span>

"...incredible illustrations by Tsubusa Yoroza... amazing, and definitely worth a read." --HorrorNews.net <span id="thumbprint"> </span>

"HELL HOUSE is equal parts thought provoking, bitingly satirical and drenched in blood, an original take on the genre that would do George Romero proud." - Mark Sable, writer of "Cthulhu Tales" and "Two-Face: Year One" <span id="thumbprint"> </span>

"This book is a vile, deviant piece of trash. If you consider yourself a good Christian or even a good human being, avoid Hell House at all cost." --Reverend Bernard Eaton, WayCross Evangelical Church

"Hell House is a very strong effort... extremely good. 4 out of 5 stars" --Craig Reade, Comixtreme.com

More About the Author

Ryan Dixon has worked in creative development for Paramount Pictures, MGM, IMAX, The New York Times and World Wrestling Entertainment and has often been employeed as a script doctor and ghostwriter. As a "blogumnist" for Fierceandnerdy.com Ryan mainly writes about his obsessions including (but not limited to) themed furniture stores, the McRib, Mandy Patinkin and beef stick.

In addition to his writing, Ryan has directed over a dozen theatrical productions in Los Angeles, New York and Pittsburgh including THE BOOMERANG KID, an interactive "choose your own adventure" play that LA Weekly called "ingenious." Dixon also wrote and directed the award-winning horror short film JOHN DUNN'S LAST RUN.

Dixon received both a B.F.A. and Masters of Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Los Angeles, but spends most of his time stuck in traffic on the 405.

HELL HOUSE: THE AWAKENING is his first graphic novel but with your help, dear Amazon customer, it won't be his last.

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Just when I thought I knew where the book was going it took another direction.
Joseph
Despite being an avid reader, this is the first graphic novel I have ever read and I could not have found a better one for my first time!
Shelly
The art is great, the dialog is well done, and the story is top notch for this genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aerdin on October 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I went into this graphic novel with my own preconceptions of the whole hell house industry, influenced by personal experiences with overly dramatic (and dogmatic) friends who tried to "save" me in high school. I was absolutely thrilled that Hell House: The Awakening took those preconceptions and ratcheted them up beyond my wildest expectations. This is NOT your typical battle between good and evil, and in fact, one of the things I found so intriguing was the very notion of what (or who) "good" and "evil" really are.

Believe it or not, the cliffhanger ending left me feeling...hopeful! Don't get me wrong, Ryan and Chad's story is intensely original and frightening in more ways than one. I am not ashamed to admit I slept with the light on the night I finished it. And it's SO unbelievably gory - much more so than I usually enjoy. But I found myself thinking about the premise and the characters a lot in the days afterward, and that to me more than anything is the mark of an extremely well crafted story.

Looking forward to more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anita Brown on October 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I picked up Hell House from the Viper Comics booth at Comic-Con this summer. Chad and Ryan were both there to chat and sign my book--hard to believe what horror can spawn from the minds of two such seemingly normal guys.

Page after page, Hell House delivers a satisfying indulgence of blood and gore, accompanied by terrified pleads of "Dear God, why?" If Kirk Cameron and George A. Romero had a child, I think Hell House would be his scripture.

It won't take you long to devour Hell House, and you'll be fevering for more the instant you reach the last page!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. B. Ripley on October 8, 2010
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Fascinatingly repugnant, Hell House successfully manages to either embrace or thwart (and sometimes both simultaneously!) nearly every expectation of the horror genre as it delivers a disturbing twist on what has become a polarizing, annual American Halloween tradition - the hell house.

While the self-proclaimed benevolent born-again-ers that run these overwrought, melodramatic dens intolerance and ignorance have long been easy (and deserving) literary fodder since hell houses burst onto the scene, this graphic novel manages to skewer not just these blind followers but nearly everyone in the process. And does so in a deliciously subversive way.

The artwork is outstanding, and does a great job of bringing to life a truly twisted tale. A must read for horror fans, people who think for themselves, and dogmatic followers of any faith.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Expano Mapcase on October 7, 2010
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****SPOILER ALERT****

Imagine, if you will, the "drunk off his own delusions" Timothy LaHaye had a black-out tryst with "just plain drunk" Christopher Hitchens while "The Evil Dead" played in the background. Nine months later, "Hell House" is born.

Viper Comics brand spankin' new graphic novel (written by Chad Feehan and Ryan Dixon and illustrated by Tsubasa Yozora) is a nerd-tested, mother disapproved Survive-the-Night horror tale with enough blood, guts and flinging bodily fluid to give even the most jaded fans of the genre some serious heart palpitations.

That being said, at its core, Feehan and Dixon's tale is a rebuke of the moral implications of modern Evangelical eschatology. What makes it fascinating is how it sets the reader up for some smarmy Bill Maherian cheap shots and then pulls the rug out from under them by granting the fundamentalist's most lurid conceit. The American version of the Judeo-Christian God not only exists, but he's taking his children to heaven and leaving the rest of us unbelievers to fend for ourselves in a post-apocalyptic war zone - tribulation style bitches!

Once a pack of blood-thirsty Nephilim rip your friends to shreds it's no longer rational to doubt God's existence [Side Note - I presume the Nephilim caught rides on Noah's ark but lost their grip right around the time the righteous barge passed over Texas] so what does an atheist do when confronted with the unavoidable truth of a real Heaven and a real Hell?

As former preacher and current head of the Freedom From Religion Foundation once remarked to Way of the Master's resident buffoon Todd Friel, "If such a God exists, I'd tell him to go to hell.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on September 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
One of the most disturbing, gore-soaked, and clever comics I've ever read! Just when I thought I knew where the book was going it took another direction. Guaranteed to be misunderstood by Fundamentalist Christians and Militant Atheists alike. I'm not even sure how I feel about it, but I'm going to read it again to find out.

Truly original and amazing!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Campbell on October 4, 2010
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I'm so glad I picked up Hell House while at Comic-con, 'cause the wait for the official release would have killed me! Gorey and fast-paced, I thought the idea behind it (the Rapture happens, the Christians were right, and we're stuck left behind) was interesting and original, and the only downside was that the book cliff-hung me right at the most interesting part. Can't wait for the next one!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Walt D on October 2, 2010
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I read this not knowing what I was getting in to, and I was sure as Hell not disappointed. Hell House is both refreshingly original and very brutal. Only for the strong-minded. (That's a good thing!)

Definite recommendation.
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