I loved this book! Seriously, I have never read anything like it before, and I doubt I'll ever read anything like this again, except for when I read the first collection... When I read some reviews of what readers were saying about the previous volume Connie wrote, I have to admit what people were saying ("blazingly original," for one) had me hooked, so I signed up for the blog tour (even though it's not my normal read). There is darkness to the writing that I just love. I think the writing is what really got me hooked on the stories. While they were all different, the way Connie wrote the story really showcased her unique voice as an author, and I could tell how much work she put into each and every one of the 11 short stories in the second volume. Even though the short stories were on the darker side, there was a somewhat poetic nature to the writing that also seemed to lighten the stories, if that makes any sense. This book is definitely more for those who like darker reads that give you chills and make your heart pound a little faster...I enjoyed it a lot..and I really do recommend this one to fans of the horror genre and fans who like the macabre. Each story in the compilation is unique and has its own identity. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and I can't wait to read the first volume by this author (or "The Color of Evil," her novel.)"
The Hellfire & Damnation Series by Connie (Corcoran) Wilson is a tour of the 9 Circles of Hell described in Dante's Inferno. It uses the framing device of the sins punished at each of the 9 Circles of Hell. If you enjoy scary short stories that will linger long after you've finished reading them, these are the books for you.
"Connie Wilson's new short story collection, Hellfire & Damnation II,, sends the reader spiraling down Dante's 9 Circles of Hell with devilish twists and turns of time and place, across 11 superb short stories."
"Hellfire and Damnation" does a number of things right. The connections a number of tales have to reality and folklore offer a special creep factor that adds to the tension, while Wilson make sure there are enough of the stranger tales to keep the "based on a true story" vibe from becoming pervasive. Still, it is often the latter that showcases her best work, and one comes away wishing even more of this territory was explored.
Read One of the stories
circulated amongst his Nai Te
Rangi New Zealand
“Do not talk. Do not speak. Do
not whisper. Be as silent as the
ghosts of your ancestors.”
The men were crouched in a rabbit warren of tunnels dug beneath the surface of the New Zealand hill known as Gate Pa. They had worked on the site for days, making it nearly invisible to the British, three hundred of whom would come against them at daybreak. Rawiri knew they would come. He had guaranteed it. He invited the British to do battle at a certain time, in that certain place, with a carefully worded message.