- Perfect Paperback: 170 pages
- Publisher: Dark Regions Press; First edition (February 28, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888993553
- ISBN-13: 978-1888993554
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,664,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Voices From Hades Perfect Paperback – February 28, 2008
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About the Author
Jeffrey Thomas is the author of the books Letters From Hades, Doomsdays (from Dark Regions Press), Deadstock, Health Agent, Punktown, Monstrocity, Everybody Scream!, Unholy Dimensions, Boneland, Thirteen Specimens, Punktown: Shades of Grey, Honey Is Sweeter Than Blood, Aaaiiieee!!!, Terror Incognita, and a Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Dealers. His short stories have appeared in such anthologies as The Year's Best Horror Stories XXII, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror #14, and The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction. He has a wife named Hong an son named Colin - both of them a delightful blend of the angelic and demonic - and he lives in a pleasant purgatory call Massachusetts.
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Table Of Contents:
· A Prayer For Lost Souls (an introduction to the Taiwanese edition of 'Letters From Hades'
· The Abandoned
· Black Wings
· Sweet Oblivion
· The Secret Gallery
· The Burning House (also in 'Thirteen Specimens')
· Piece Of Mind
In a few short words, here are the stories.
In 'The Abandoned', Maria is a factory worker in the huge city of Tartarus where the demons are made. When she finds a baby of a discontinued demon, why does she keep it? The description of the city Tartarus on page 16 is phenomenal.
In 'Black Wings', the Palace Of Urian sits in a bleak desert where it rains dried blood. Demons Xaphan and Vjeshitza have an almost normal life here until a pack of tourists arrive from heaven. Most want to hunt the d@mned, but one wants to hunt Xaphan.
In 'Sirens', angels descend to have some sport with the d@mned in he||, those who can't die but are tortured over and over again.
In 'Sweet Oblivion', which isn't in the city of Oblivion but the state of mind, there are demons called Buddhas who are ravenous for the blood-fruits the d@mned must pick underneath the infernal heat. Patrick, Wally, and Eleanor, are laboring in the fields when they spy a cat ... but there are no earthly animals in he||.
In 'The Secret Gallery', Wanda was a beautiful and artistically talented woman on earth, and after she died and went to he||. Her Gallery is destroyed by demons and she's selected to paint murals for one of the heavenly homes, crossing from Hades to Heaven and back again.
In 'The Burning House' we meet Michael and his wife Dawn, they are dead and live in heaven, while their eight year old son Mark has gone to he|| for setting fire to their house. In he||, Roger, once captured by a group of Apsaras, meets Davina, who once lived in the city of Tartarus as a breeder. Roger and Davina have adopted Mark, but Michael descends from heaven to seek out his son. He must deal with demons, some that look like giant ticks, to find Mark in the bleakest of places.
In 'Piece Of Mind', Leon, once a reporter in real life whose job it was to record horrifying uprisings and wars, finds himself d@mned in he||. First, he is in a network of brains not allowed to regenerate, wired with flesh, from tower to tower. When freed from his brain prison, he's working in a cane field when he comes across more rebellion just like when he was alive.
'Voices From Hades' is a masterpiece of horror, each tale creepy, gory, and inventive. This book will leave you with one thought: Go to church, because he|| might be a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!
Also, the Kindle edition worked just fine on my kindle fire.
In Jeffrey Thomas's poignant view of Hell, there are a few simple hardcore rules:
1. Christians go to Heaven, everyone else (no matter what religion) are damned to Hades.
2. The Damned (immortals) are tortured by Demons (mortal beings), regenerating their artificial limbs, skin, eyes and organs to suffer again and again and again ad naseum.
3. Diverse as Earth, Hades has an infinite array of colonies comprised of Demons and the Damned - this diversity is to "shake it up" as The Damned move from colony to colony, experiencing and endless array of torment.
4. Angels frequently visit Hades to hunt The Damned for sport or (gasp) have sex with Demons.
In Thomas's vision, the Angels aren't much better than the Demons. VISIONS FROM HADES paints a variety of sympathetic stories from (mostly) The Damned's perspective. Together, the tales comprise a mosaic of a dark, dire, depressing world that has blips and bleeps of hope, love and caring - the very attributes that make humans, well - worth salvation.
But the lost souls in VOICES FROM HADES never will be saved; the best they can hope for is to salvage shades of their former humanity to numb the pain and make eternity just a tad livable.
7 tales and 169 pages are the right fit for this anthology. And while every story is strong enough to stand on its own legs (most anthologies are a mixed bag, but not this hellish collection), my personal favorites were BLACK WINGS and THE SECRET GALLERY (with THE BURNING HOUSE close behind).
Reading Jeffrey Thomas, one can't help but imagine that this premise will make its way to cable television or onto the big screen. It's too good to be passed up, and too well written not to be noticed. In the meantime, you'll just have to enjoy reading Jeffrey's gifted prose and rely on your vivid, insipid imagination. But don't fear - each story has great pinup art to give you a flavor for what's ahead.
I highly recommend you buy a copy of VOICES FROM HADES ... and pick up a copy of LETTERS FROM HADES while you're at it!
If you're interested in something out of the ordinary, something that will linger in your mind for countless days after completion then pick up Voices From Hades.