Reviews of Dark Fiction

Blue Hell by Greg F. Gifune and Sandy Deluca

Being that this book was dedicated to a dear online friend of mine, (and fellow Horror Aficionados moderator), Jon Recluse, I knew I had to own a copy. Several of my fellow moderators felt the same way, and a few others joined us as we began a buddy read of it. As with everything Gifune or Deluca, it did not disappoint!

There are three parts. The first concerning a homeless man called Stringer, the second about a lost soul named Carla and the third about a man named Marco. That’s all I’m going to say about the stories because they should be discovered as the authors intended. All of the tales are connected in some way.

Having read both authors before I think I can tell who wrote what here. The first story seemed like pure Gifune to me. He almost always writes tales that feature a storm of some kind, (in this case, a blizzard), and his narratives usually have a dreamlike quality to them and this one definitely had that as well. The second tale seems like pure Deluca to me. The women in her stories always suffer and poor Carla, she had some troubles to be sure. I feel like the last part featured the best of both authors, writing together. (I have no idea of whether or not I’m right!)

Overall, BLUE HELL is exactly what I thought it’d be and that’s a good thing. My expectations of both of these authors were high to start with and they did not let me down. One last thing though? I KNOW that Jon Recluse would have loved this book, I just know it.

Highly recommended!

I purchased this book with my hard earned cash.

Blue Hell Book Cover Blue Hell
Greg F. Gifune, Sandy Deluca
Horror, Dark Fiction
JournalStone
05/08/2021
Paperback
154

A homeless man plagued by hideous nightmares awakens in a hospital with no knowledge of how he came to be there. When he accepts the help of an organization that assists the downtrodden, he finds himself in a strange apartment building that may very well hold the key to his terrifying visions and forgotten past…

A pregnant woman on the run, haunted by her own bleak dreams and an out of control drug problem, speeds down a highway in the dead of night, only to crash when she sees something terrifying on the side of the road. Charged with driving drunk and drug possession, she reports to a mysterious halfway house rather than face jail time, unaware of the horrifying fate that awaits her.

After unexpectedly losing his job, a carefree young salesman agrees to a drunken night on the town with an enigmatic older man he barely knows, unaware that it will soon lead to the terrible truth behind not only his own life, but those lost souls that came before him.

In the bowels of a haunted apartment building, along the dark and lonely highways to Hell, in a city of night, foggy streets and shadow-filled alleys, their stories and lives merge in a fever dream of profane hunger, sex, savagery, blood and endless fire.

These are the passengers of night.

This is Blue Hell.

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