Blue Hell

Blue Hell by Greg F. Gifune & Sandy DeLuca

A homeless man plagued by hideous nightmares awakens in a hospital with no knowledge of how he came to be there. When he accepts the help of an organization that assists the downtrodden, he finds himself in a strange apartment building that may very well hold the key to his terrifying visions and forgotten past…

A pregnant woman on the run, haunted by her own bleak dreams and an out of control drug problem, speeds down a highway in the dead of night, only to crash when she sees something terrifying on the side of the road. Charged with driving drunk and drug possession, she reports to a mysterious halfway house rather than face jail time, unaware of the horrifying fate that awaits her.

After unexpectedly losing his job, a carefree young salesman agrees to a drunken night on the town with an enigmatic older man he barely knows, unaware that it will soon lead to the terrible truth behind not only his own life, but those lost souls that came before him.

In the bowels of a haunted apartment building, along the dark and lonely highways to Hell, in a city of night, foggy streets and shadow-filled alleys, their stories and lives merge in a fever dream of profane hunger, sex, savagery, blood and endless fire.

These are the passengers of night.

This is Blue Hell.

The IndieMuse Review

I have a feeling this book is going to divide readers.

Greg F. Gifune is a well-known name in the horror genre. After reading The Bleeding Season a few years ago, I am also a fan.

Sandy DeLuca is a totally new name to me, even though she’s been around for a few years and has several books available.

Still, I think Journalstone Publishing is taking a bit of a gamble on this one.

This is a really difficult story to summarize without any spoilers, so if I seem a little vague on the story, my apologies.

The book is split up into three parts:

  • The first is about Stringer, a homeless man doing his best not to freeze to death.
  • The second is about Carla, the prostitute who was in an accident.
  • The third is about Marco, the aimless guy who believes he still has time to grow up.

The one question you will hear regularly is: Am I in Hell?

And it is a valid question! I honestly had no idea what else could be going on for most of the story. And, while this story is well written, it is anything but a light read. If you want to get the most out of this story, you have to pay close attention to details…all the time!

The three parts in this story do not really interweave as much as collide in a head-on collision in the end. Things are brought together, but only at the very end. And the problems with this one (as a reader)…this almost trippy feeling of never knowing exactly in what time frame or where to separate reality from unreality can be frustrating at times. It may mess with your perception of what is really going on.

I decided to go with a higher rating because I get what the authors are attempting here. Some readers will obviously love it, while others will abandon it. For me personally, I did feel lost, at times.

Maybe this will surprise me by being the next I’m Thinking Of Ending Things.

Be warned: if you skip a page, you will be lost…but you also might become lost in a really really good way!

MORT STONE

Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency.

Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm.

While he is almost confidant that his IQ is in the top 50%, his wife regularly reminds him of all the stupid things he does. He will neither admit nor deny the accusations of sarcasm, but he can act like he cares. Most of the time.

As an avid reader of horror and thrillers, and somewhat of a movie buff in those genres, he still blames his insomnia on Global Warming. Because he can.

He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.

Curation Results: Blue Hell

gHoster
B-Baal
Emo-Lee
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Deathdealer
Curator Notes: "A powerful plunge into a nightmarish hell that will leave readers a little scarred, but also wanting more." —gHoster

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