The last thing Cole Sunger remembers is the trap door creaking open beneath his feet on the gallows of Arkwood Penitentiary. Now, Cole is awake – aware – in a frighteningly dark realm populated by demonic creatures. Utterly bewildered by his dark supernatural locale, Cole allies himself with two other damned souls, Clancy and Lucy and soon learns he has arrived in Hell amidst a demon uprising.
Cole’s only chance of escape is to reach a portal hidden within a cave in the Black Mountains – a portal that will lead him and his companions into the safety of another dimension.
Abode of the Damned is a short story so my review is going to be brief. I don’t want to blow the story and there isn’t a whole lot of wiggle room to not blow plot points.
Abode of the Damned is gripping from the first paragraph. You get pulled into the psyche of a man who is being hanged for his crimes. The door trap door opens and fade to black… When he wakes up, he can’t understand what has happened or where he is. That’s when all hell breaks loose.
I have to say, for a short story, Abode of the Damned is packed with action. It pulls you along though the story, burning through its pages, dying to know what is going to happen next.
I would love to see this story reworked and turned into a full length novel. Although it is good as it stands, if it were to be expanded on, it could be one hell of a novel. Due to the short length, there are a LOT of questions that go unanswered. The mystery is good but the adventure of getting those answer could make for a fantastic full-length story.
I am going to give Abode of the Damned a solid 4 stars. It’s a good read, short and fast paced from the first paragraph.