Highway to Hell is the first in a trilogy of Horror novels which are set exclusively in Hell.
AMAZON REVIEW: Alex Laybourne draws on vivid, unrelenting “catholic” visions of a mediaevalist hell as he drives us through a modern, far more terrifying, version of a Dante Alighieri like Hell. As I read the grim horror, of Laybourne’s dark prose I found myself imagining some inquisitorial preacher spouting a very similar vision of “Hell and Damnation” from his high pulpit, lashing his sinful parish to follow his idea of God through fear for their mortal souls.
In places I found the horror almost too hard, not that a lover of that genre will find it so. There is just too much of the frightened catholic in me to be able to read such works with the necessary degree of personal detachment. You have been warned, to reflect first on your own psyche.
I am glad I struggled through. Actually I felt strangely compelled to keep going as I grew to understand the cleverly constructed victims of the vision. Eventually I reached a point whereby I started to appreciate Laybourne’s mastery, and get a feel for the directions the following books may take. A modern version of the “Divine Comedy”, moving on from the inferno, is what I expect. But what Laybourne’s intriguing writing will actually show us, I can’t wait to see.
Marcus, Becky, Richard, Helen, Sammy and Graham. All complete strangers, different ages, backgrounds and even countries, but they all have one major thing in common…
They all must DIE.
They are sentenced to offer their penance in the many chambers of Hell, until, one by one they are rescued and thrown together. Waking in a dying world, they are introduced to their rescuers who do anything but conform to their angelic stereotype.
Heaven and Hell, Angels and Demons, these things were once considered opposites, but now you will see that they are neighbors, allies…. friends.
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