Into Hell

Into Hell

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by James Roy Daley

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Author’s Note: Into Hell, my third novel, is an uncomplicated story––the tale of a woman looking for her daughter. It was inspired by the Silent Hill video games, which are straightforward yet terrifying.

Here’s the set up: Stephenie Page and her daughter Carrie are driving down an empty highway. They pull off the road at a gas station

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Author’s Note: Into Hell, my third novel, is an uncomplicated story––the tale of a woman looking for her daughter. It was inspired by the Silent Hill video games, which are straightforward yet terrifying.

Here’s the set up: Stephenie Page and her daughter Carrie are driving down an empty highway. They pull off the road at a gas station that has a restaurant attached to it. Carrie enters the restaurant in need of a bathroom. A moment later, when Stephenie steps inside the building, she discovers that the restaurant has become a slaughterhouse. There are dead bodies everywhere, most of which have been chopped apart with an axe. And the worse part of it is: her daughter Carrie is suddenly missing.

Simple, huh?

When I was writing this book I wanted to do something different than my first two novels. With my first novel, The Dead Parade, I crafted the story in a classic way. The story’s structure is close to perfect. With my second novel, Terror Town, I decided to add lots of different characters and a handful of plot lines. The story is as complex as can be. But with this one, Into Hell, I wanted to keep everything very straightforward––there’s only one storyline, and one thing to focus on. With every page the situation becomes a little worse, and a little worse, until the blood-soaked climax has been reached.

By doing things this way I think I achieved my goal of having the reader feel like they were the one locked in hell. However, I found out the hard way, some people don’t want to be locked in hell… (I guess I should have seen that coming!)

A lot of people said they LOVED the book, and they couldn’t put it down. But other people wanted more plotlines, which I can understand. Sometimes I’ve wanted to say, “You want more plotlines? Check out Terror Town; it’s loaded with them!”

You ever see the Blair Witch Project? Some people adored that movie––they were right there in the woods with those kids, scared out of their pants. But other people weren’t buying it. In their minds, the film was stupid. And let’s face it––if you’re not there, IN THE WOODS, the movie could be considered stupid. The characters are just walking around, doing nothing. How boring is that?

I think, for some people, that’s what happened with Into Hell. Some readers were THERE, in hell, LOVING IT. But others––for whatever reason––weren’t there… and they, consequently, they didn’t like the story.

So, is the book right for you? If you love horror, and you’re going to sit alone, putting yourself in the story, then yes… this book is right for you. But if you plan on reading it while sitting on the bus, getting interrupted every few minutes, then no. Don’t bother. If you approach the book this way you will not be engaged and at some point you’ll say that you didn’t like the story. But I think the tale is a good one. I was very proud when I was finished writing it; I honestly felt that it was the best thing I had ever written. Now, a few snarky reviews have a way of making me question things, but then again, some people have read the book more than once. In the end, what do I know? I’m the author, so my opinion doesn’t count. However, I’m still proud of this one, and I think horror fans should give it a shot.

But make sure you read it alone…

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Into Hell 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is scary, and very well written. It's about a woman that has lost her daughter in the worst place you can imagine. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a classic setup with classic settings but it's told so differently that it is unlike anything I have read before. The main character Stephanie and her daughter step into a restaurant that is actually a gateway to hell. Lots of zombies, lots of scary moments, and on of the most unexpected endings ever. You should read this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the craziest horror book ever! Love the writing style! Very fast paced and just one hell of a crazy, mind-bending rollercoaster ride! Buckle up!
PuishanW More than 1 year ago
Reads like a movie -fast paced and scary. Will read more from this guy for sure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a parent I can't even fathom what the main character goes through.... and as a horror lover it had me on the edge of my seat and the "pee your pants" factor set on 10!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was like watching a fast paced horror show or movie.... horribly addictive book
NalrahMale More than 1 year ago
Zombies: Check! Vampires: Check! Gouls & Ghosts: Check! Gratuitous violence and gore: Check! Baby killing: What!? Let me first say that I could not put this book down. For better or worse I was glued to the story and had to know what hellish thing would follow each of the horrific circumstances the lead character finds herself in. This is a brutal and creepy story that really never lets you up for air. At times I felt like I was drowning in hell with her. Make no mistake, the author has no qualms with usually taboo subject matter like baby killing. This is not in anyway an uplifting story, and it's not meant to be. It's hell, and it certainly feels that way when reading it. My issue here and the reasoning behind the low rating is that a larger story is hinted at but nothing ever really pans out. Apparently Stephanie has an evil destiny that certain nefarious characters reveal to her but we never find out what it is. There are several time travel sequences in the story that seemingly have no relation to all the other hellish things you're reading about. Why? How is it adding to her character arc? Stephanie doesn't evolve and doesn't learn anything over the course of the story. If we're going to invest our time to be in hell with your character at least make it worthwhile in the end. She doesn't become a better mother or a better person from her experience. She doesn't seek answers. She is seemingly in shock the entire time and simply reacts to her situation. Other than her drive to occasionally save her daughter and get out of the hell she was dragged into, there is no redeeming quality about her. I'm just left wondering, what was the point? I think the answer is, shockingly, gore for the sake of it. I typically like that, but the story itself didn't hold up here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. You should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one spooky book. Loved it!
William4391 More than 1 year ago
Wow. This is one scary book. Not for the faint of heart...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not worth buying. From the very beginning, it is unbelievable as the mother flip flops between running away or searching for her young daughter. REALLY????? I dont know a single mother whio would not go into hell looking to kick ass or die to save her child. It goes downhill from there. Be wiser than me. Spend your money on something better than this........