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.
I purchased this book with my hard earned cash.