Hell’s Muse


“The story is in several layers, a novel within a novel. The characters come at you in snapshots, mostly because this dark carnival ride moves extremely quickly. The story flies. Jack’s writing at times has the hectic frivolity of an old EC Comic, at times the darkly sensual attention to detail we might have seen in Clive Barker’s early work. And, he’s not afraid to gross you out. As the layers of reality within the work begin to melt into each other, the reader will question everything, and I assure you, this is wise.” — IMAQULOTTA’S IRREVERENT BOOK BLOG

“It’s an unrestrained heavy metal lyric writ large, with alpha demon dog The Nameless crushing his terrified, squeaking minions like a diabolical Darth Vader. Here’s one hoping that Wallen’s own muse might one day propel him to expand Coulter’s universe into a grand, unhinged epic.” — Fangoria Magazine

“Fantastically convoluted storyline that should be read by aspiring authors and seasoned professionals in the literary community. The joy, frustration, highs, lows, all the good and bad things about being an ‘author’ are infused into Wallen’s lovingly crafted book (everything from pen names to true feelings towards media). Lovingly. That might give the wrong impression. The main character is anything but lovely or dealt with ‘lovingly’. He is gritty, raw, unedited, and a bit of a depressed, anti-social, coffee addict. But there is love in this storyline (and you can tell that the author views authorship, with all its pitfalls, lovingly too), a cathartic expelling of all the things that make the authorship journey worth it, but never forgetting the nuances that make it difficult and bloody.”

In the beginning was the Word – and the Word was a lie.

A struggling writer dives into the dark pits of madness to create his most perfect work – a parallel of his own life, only twisted into a malignant hatred. When the written word opens a gateway to Hell, every truth the writer believes is challenged, every lie made truth.

As a trail of death and sorrow spills from the words, the writer is drawn into an unholy abyss to become Hell’s Muse.

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