Hellfire & Damnation Vol. 2
“Hellfire & Damnation II” by Connie (Corcoran) Wilson is another tour of the 9 Circles of Hell described in Dante’s Inferno. It picks up where the first collection of short stories (2011, www.HellfireandDamnationTheBook.com) left off, using the framing device of the sins punished at each of the 9 Circles of Hell in Dante’s “Inferno.” Winner of the (IWPA) Silver Feather award, sequel to the E-Lit Gold Medal award winner Hellfire & Damnation, Hellfire & Damnation II as a tour of Dante’s Inferno doesn’t require that you have read the first collection of short stories, which also illustrated the sins punished at each of the 9 Circles of Hell. There are no recurring characters, but there are 11 short stories, accompanying illustrations and a “From the Author” section explaining the inspiration or each story.
As 5-time Stoker winner Gary Braunbeck said: “I really don’t know how she managed to do it, but Wilson surpasses her previous Hellfire & Damnation collection with its sequel. Her writing is stronger, streamlined, and often lyrical, despite the nastiness her words describe. This is another impressive collection of tales from a writer I could very well learn to hate if she gets much better. Seriously, Connie, can’t you write just one stinker so the rest of us will feel a little bit better?”
New York Times best-selling author Jon Land, the author of the Caitlin Strong series says: “Connie (Corcoran) Wilson’s Hellfire & Damnation II is a remarkable collection of somber, noirish, flat-out scary and altogether satisfying stories that seek to find hope in a dark world that defies it. Her subtle irony and penchant for finding terror in the least expected places will generate comparisons to Stephen King and Ray Bradbury, with just a hint of Philip K. Dick thrown in. But don’t be fooled: Wilson has a wondrous voice in her own right and her tight, twisty tales establish her as a force to be reckoned with.”
Nate Kenyon, award-winning author of Diablo: The Order and Day One said: “Take a twisted ride through Hell and back with Connie (Corcoran) Wilson’s Hellfire & Damnation II…..Frozen corpses, homicidal authors and sociopathic presidential candidates just scratch the surface of this inspired collection. Don’t miss it!”
Terrie Leigh Relf, author of The Waters of Nyr and co-author, with Henry Lewis Sanders, of Blood Journey and The Ancient One said, “Whether Connie (Corcoran) Wilson has been visited by Dante’s spirit or eavesdropping by Hell’s confessionals, Hellfire & Damnation II definitely delivers on its title. There is a fine line between good and evil within these pages. A very fine line. Be careful that you don’t teeter into the abyss. From a Norwegian army deserter trapped in Limbo within the Colorado ice to parents pondering the sale of their organs to fund their college-bound son, these stories abound with life’s—and death’s—ironies.”
Brian Pinkerton, author of Rough Cut: “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 eleven superb short stories.”
If you enjoy scary short stories that will linger long after you’ve finished reading them, this is the book for you.