Written in Hell
written by Jason Helford
published by Jason Helford, 2014
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Where I stopped reading: Chapter four.
Why I stopped reading: I . . . I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t like the story, I didn’t like the prose, heck, I didn’t even like Nathaniel. It was all I could do to stop myself from picturing Fedora Guy and wondering why I started reading in the first place. Then I got a text or something and used it as an excuse to stop reading. Sorry, Mr. Helford.
What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for Written in Hell is 4 stars. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 4 stars. The average rating on Amazon is 4.7 stars. There were no reviews or ratings listed at Barnes & Noble. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t.
About the book – from Goodreads: “The entire narrative is irreverent fun, with mild overtones of Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins … An entertaining, inventive and occasionally over-the-top fantasy novel.”
Written in Hell follows writer Nathanial Blovey on his strange and perilous adventures through Hell. Nathaniel’s book, a collection of lewd tales set in the old west, failed miserably, prematurely ending his career; however, unbeknownst to him, his stories had become a huge success in Hell. The Devil decides to send him a one-way invitation to her realm, to write for her, and to keep his damned fans happy. There is only one problem: he has writer’s block. With a firm deadline imposed by the Devil herself, Nate has to find a way to keep the most terrible of bosses happy, and survive his trip through Hell. While there is no fire and brimstone, and a burgeoning civilization is growing, Hell is still a very dangerous place for a soft man like Nathaniel.
Written in Hell is a creepy, fun and thought-provoking journey through Hell, with a guide who can’t help but anger people everywhere he goes. It takes you through a new and creative re-imagining of Hell.