A Short Stay In Hellby Steven L. Peck
As a faithful Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he'll be reunited with his loved ones in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity, taking the reader on a journey through the afterlife of a world where everything everyone believed in turns out to be wrong.
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First, I was a little disappointed by the price/length ratio, it seemed a little pricey for a 71 page book, but let me tell you, those 71 pages are jamb-packed with enough horror that I had nightmares two nights in a row after reading this book, and I don't remember the last time any book gave me a nightmare. I spent the entire day after reading this book researching the hell out of Zoroasterism. It's one that I can't stop thinking about, and even the parts I thought were quirky and charming gain a new sense of horror the more I think about them. Minus one star for all the exposition about Mormon beliefs--but then, I'm a quasi-active Mormon, so I found them more tedious than informative, so take that as you will. Overall, kudos to Mr. Peck for writing a book that manages to be charming and incredibly creepy at the same time.