- File Size: 2216 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1646693094
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing (June 12, 2020)
- Publication Date: June 12, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B088XFMLP3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,724 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"If Bukowski wrote speculative fiction with a Curb Your Enthusiasm/Seinfeld sense of humor, they would turn out like Rex Hurst's books. A great mixture of dark comedy with imagination, suspense, and hi-octane action."--Brian Barr, author of The Head.
""What the hell?!?" From the earliest pages, What Hell May Come takes the reader on a deeply wicked journey. Every time you think you're at the bottom, this book keeps digging. I lost count of how many times I said, "What the Hell?" and kept reading. Completely satisfying from cover to cover."--Kasie Whitner, author of After December.
"Rex Hurst returns to once again take us on a trip to the dark corners of his imagination.With WHAT HELL MAY COME, Hurst plants the reader into an almost parallel universe, one in which the infamous "Satanic Panic" of the 1980s was indeed as legitimate as the fanatics had claimed. Much like in his FOOT DOCTOR LETTERS, Hurst graphically brings to life a series of horrors so vivid and foreboding we find it difficult to put down, all the while almost mocking us with a Cheshire cat grin. The mix of true horror, dark humor and poetic descriptions of utter depravity make Hurst a true standout among modern horror writers."--Brian Young, author ECW Press & Host of Transatlantic History Ramblings podcast
About the Author
Rex Hurst is the author of The Foot Doctor Letters: A Serial Killer Speaks Out as well as several science fiction books and novellas. He is also co-host of the weekly radio show Write On SC - Yes, radio shows and stations still do exist- on the art of writing. Back episodes can be found on his website at Rexhurst.com.
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(I chose to read and review this book, which was kindly provided as an ARC by the publisher)
Trigger warnings for animal abuse/dying. Though the author gets through those parts fairly quickly, not lingering for shock value, which I vey much appreciated.
The plot of What Hell May Come is fast-paced, moving quickly between one atrocity and the next. Events are presented as a sort of carnival of horror, leaving you staring at the pages in disbelief. Did that really just happen? Yes. Yes, it did. But you’ll forget about it soon enough because something worse is coming next chapter.
I found the characters of What Hell May Come deeply unlikeable. Jon is as self-absorbed and reckless as it is possible for a teenager to be. Though he is the protagonist of the story, he does little to elicit the sympathy of the reader. His abominable hatred of women clashes starkly with his obsession with losing his virginity. He decries his family as elitist while displaying the same behaviors he abhors. He hates his father but also emulates him in the most heinous ways possible. By the end of the novel, Jon’s actions have taken him so far that it’s too late for the redemption that Hurst offers. I guess you could say it’s a realistic look at the mind of a teenage boy, but as a main character, he was a monster.
The rest of the St. Fond family is laughably villainous, as if making them more terrible would somehow redeem the complete asshole-ishness that characterized Jon. While there are few redeeming qualities to be found in a family of Satanists, I would have liked to see more character depth. They seemed to be evil for the sake of being evil.
The writing suited the genre and the material. Descriptions were gritty and, at times, violently graphic. Hurst clearly did his background research on the topic and it shows in the details. The small introduction to the Satanic Panic at the beginning of the book was particularly interesting. Hurst is clearly capable of exquisite writing and was poetic at times, but I feel it was wasted given that it was dragged down by lackluster characters and poor plotting.