In "H&D II" you see and hear the world through the mind of a dead guy buried in a frozen pit for 132 years...another who's been locked in a bitter marriage for 30. The motives are real, the emotions ring true. Connie's greatest strength is her dialogue. You won't go wrong anywhere in this collection.
This book works well because of the stories' structure. The book follows the format of Dante's nine circles of hell (limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery). Each story is unique and depicts one of these nine circles of hell. You want to read on to see what the next circle might bring.
"Connie Wilson's new short story collection 'Hellfire & Damnation II' sends the reader spiraling down Dante's 9 Circles of Hell with devilish twists and turns of time and place, across 11 superb short stories."
"This collecion of short stories is fabulous. The writing is wonderful; the word selection, the pacing, the structure, everything just works. Her writing draws you in emotionally and you feel as if you are a part of it all. The characters are first rate in all of the stories. The author mixes humor with the horror in just the right dosage." (Bev from "The Wormhole" blog, wormyhole.blogspot.com)
"I loved this book! Seriously, I have never ever read anything like it before; I doubt I'll ever read anything like it again, except for when I read the first collection...I think the writing is what really got me hooked. While the stories were all different, they showcased her unique voice as an author; I could tell how much work she put into each and every one of the 11 short stories...I thoroughly enjoyed each story & can't wait to read the first Hellfire & Damnation
volume by this author." (Kylie from "Little Black Marks," 10/12/2012, kyliesreads.blogspot.com/
From the Author
There is a complete section appended to the book that explains the inspiration for each of the 11 short stories contained within "Hellfire & Damnation II."