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Road From Hell Paperback – November 1, 2007
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A non-stop rampage of exquisite horror. Houarner sets off a powder keg of awl-sharp imagery, occult intellect, and bad-to-the-bone super- naturalism to further evolve one of the most terrifying character-lines the genre has seen. An irresistible thriller, horror, and fantasy novel wrapped up as one, by an author who writes like Thomas Pynchon possessed by demons. --Edward Lee, author of House Infernal and Flesh Gothic
A fascinating and thought- provoking dark fantasy that displays Gerard Houarner s top of the line literary craftsmanship, Road From Hell is the perfect finale to the Max trilogy. Steeped in mythology and the bizarre wonders of the supernatural, the novel crosses genre borders as Max battles ghosts and demons from the very pit of oblivion. Houarner s prose is tight, the imagery shocking, and the scenes haunting and diabolically terrifying. --Tom Piccirilli, author of The Midnight Road and The Dead Letters
With his latest opus in the Max saga, Gerard Houarner conjures up some of the most exotic, ferocious depictions of evil and retribution you re ever likely to encounter. There s a genuine sense of malice and bad intentions here, yet it s unleashed in the service of a tale of love, sacrifice, and even something like redemption. The Road From Hell not only brings Max s current path to a fitting sense of closure, but also resets the stage for something fresh and new ... whenever Houarner chooses to go down that road. --Brian Hodge, author of Mad Dogs and World of Hurt
About the Author
Gerard Houarner fell to Earth in the fifties and is a product of the NYC school system and the City College of New York, where he studied writing under Joseph Heller and Joel Oppenheimer and crashed hallucinogenic William Burroughs seminars back in the day. He went on to earn a couple of Masters degrees in psychology from Columbia University so he could earn a living. He s worked in Hells Kitchen, on the Lower East Side at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, and in the Bronx at the start of the crack epidemic before settling into a quiet, contemplative and genteel career as an uncivil servant at a state psychiatric center.His publishing career includes three novels The Bard of Sorcery, The Beast That Was Max, Road to Hell and over 240 short stories published in a variety of magazines and anthologies including Cemetery Dance, Weird Tales, Midnight Premiere, Brutarian, City Slab, Flesh and Blood, Deathrealm, Borderlands, Damned: An Anthology of the Lost; Mojo: Conjure Stories;Dark Acts, and others. Story collections include Painfreak, I Love You And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It, Black Orchids from Aum, and Visions Through a Shattered Lens. He has also edited or co-edited three anthologies: Going Postal, Dead Cats Bouncing and Dead Cat's Traveling Circus of Wonders and Miracle Medicine Show (both with the artist GAK). In addition, he serves as Fiction Editor for Space and Time magazine. People seem to talk most often about his continuing character, Max, a supernaturally endowed assassin, as well as Dead Cat a series of collaborations with the artist GAK about, like, you know...a dead cat. Fifty-plus years into life, he has come to believe he is the kind of person who wandered away from the village at a tender age, spent too much time in the wilderness, and these days is allowed to return only on ceremonial occasions or to scare the little children. He also believes, on cold and rainy days, that his purpose in life is to serve as an example for others, much like the crucified humans at the edge of the desert in the original Planet of the Apes, or rebel gladiator slaves along the Via Appia. On better days, he sees himself standing at the crossroads of the psychological and the supernatural; the real and the surreal; the past, present and future; waiting for some thing to come along, take his soul and leave him with the voice to tell anybody who will listen the story of how it all happened. He continues to write whenever he can, mostly at night, about the dark.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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While the first sequel (The Road To Hell) was enjoyable, Houarner knocked the second sequel (Road From Hell) out of the park. Road From Hell is like watching someone having a bad acid trip who manages somehow to grab a knife...it is so brutal!
Max goes head to head with demons, ghosts, and other bizarre creatures in his attempt to get out of hell, and the result is gruesome...it's a blood bath like you've never read before.
And for those Houarner fan's who salivated at the thought of either returning to or finally becoming introduced to the brutal sex club called Painfreak (a classic Houarner tale that is sadly out of print), well, Road From Hell is an answer to your prayers.
For Max fans who haven't yet read Road From Hell, I can only say that it is my favorite of the trilogy and you are missing out on some of the most hardcore violence and bloodletting that Max (and his beast) are famous for. For those who haven't yet discovered Max, pick up The Beast That Was Max, and then make you way to Road From Hell, you won't be sorry.
On a side note.... Dead Cat, Houarner snuck his origin into this book... so yay! (No I really can't explain why I like Dead Cat so much, he just amuses me.)