Another adaptation of the story has been proposed, which has hell house by richard matheson pdf free download pushed back several times from 2001 to the current day. While on holiday, Scott Carey is exposed to a cloud of radioactive spray shortly after he accidentally ingests insecticide.
7 of an inch per day. A few weeks later, Carey can no longer deny the truth: not only is he losing weight, he is also shorter than he was and deduces, to his dismay, that his body will continue to shrink. The abnormal size decrease of his body initially brings teases and taunting from local youths, then causes friction in his marriage and family life, because he loses the respect his family has for him because of his diminishing physical stature. He has to survive on tiny scraps of food and bits of water. At one point he has to try and jump to reach a hanging spar of wood one half inch away—a leap whose distance seems over four feet away to him. A cat goes after him when he is about four sevenths of an inch tall.
If nature existed on endless levels, so also might intelligence. Chapter 15, wherein the entrapment in the cellar is finally described. I had gotten the idea several years earlier while attending a movie in a Redondo Beach theater. Something in me asked, ‘What would happen if a man put on a hat which he knew was his and the same thing happened? The novel raises questions of what it means to be a man in 1950s white middle class suburban America, and the fears associated with not acting like a man, as imagined through the fantastical idea of slowly shrinking in height. As Scott Carey shrinks, he experiences estrangement with his own body, and in his relationships with people around him. As he shrinks in size he loses confidence in his masculinity and becomes intimidated by his wife, child, and even pet cat.
His place as head of the house ebbs away until he is banished to the basement, unable to go to work. Normal objects appear alien and threatening, such as the oil burner that causes him pain from the sound, or the spider which chases him. His fears are presented as the result of his failure to recognize and dispense with his concepts of “normality”, particularly those concepts of normality which are associated with the role of the “normal” middle-class masculinity in the 1950s. Carey’s notion of masculinity is based on his notion of man’s superiority over women, and he fears losing his privileges along with his height. He sees himself becoming something other, a child or feminine, such as in the scene with the child molester in the car, or beaten-up by the local roughs. He compensates by lusting after the adolescent baby sitter, but this backfires when he is caught and shamed, leading to a deeper blow to his ego. He fears becoming an object of desire by others, such as in his fears of becoming a media spectacle.
He fears losing his superiority and significance as a man, and becoming subordinate to others’ power and authority. The novel turns on his ability to overcome these fears, characterized by attempting to find food, kill the spider and escape the basement, and in the process achieve a new normality beyond his former straight-jacketed white middle class suburban role as family man. Scott’s lusting of her was omitted. Manchester University Press ND, 1996.
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Matheson states the inspiration of the story came from his wife, whose college professor had asked a similar question as a way of promoting a class discussion. Arthur and Norma Lewis live in a low-rent tenement and are slowly descending into abject poverty. One day they receive a mysterious locked box with a button atop it and a note that says Mr. Then, just as the note said, a smartly dressed stranger who introduces himself as Mr.
Steward comes to their door while Arthur is away. After the stranger leaves, Arthur and Norma wonder whether Steward’s proposal is genuine, and they debate on whether to press the button. Norma rationalizes that they could make good use of the money and that the one who dies might be an old Chinese peasant or a person with cancer. Arthur hypothesizes that pressing the button could cause the death of an innocent baby. They open the box and discover it to be empty. Arthur angrily throws the box in the trash and tells Norma to forget the whole scheme. Arthur goes to bed Norma retrieves the box from the tenement’s dumpster.
The next day, as Arthur leaves for work he sees Norma sitting at the kitchen table transfixed by the button. Finally, she decides to push the button much to her husband’s disgust. Norma asks what is to be done with the money, to which Steward remarks that they should spend it. Norma also asks what will happen to the box and Steward ominously replies that the button will be “reprogrammed” and offered to someone else with the same terms and conditions. Steward focuses on Norma and states “I can assure you it will be offered to someone whom you don’t know. The story was republished as part of a collection of Matheson’s short stories.