People Don’t Hate Horror But Are Afraid They Will Like It.
Thank you Alex for your terrific article!
After learning about Alex's novel, my husband and I were intrigued! We decided it would only be fitting to both review his novel. For the first time on my blog, I am sharing a HIS and HER review. The great surprise for us - we BOTH loved it!
Jerry Wheeler * * * * *
Highway to Hell by Alex Laybourne
This is a fictional story that encompasses man’s sinful nature, damnation, judgment, heroism and redemption. It is a story that is part thriller, horror, and sci-fi rolled into one. It will keep you thinking from beginning to end, what is going to happen to the characters. It is the first of a series to be written and you will want to find out what happens next when you finish reading this book. It tells the tale of six main characters who all die in the beginning of the book, but their end is far from over ,in fact without revealing too much about the plot their existence is just beginning. Marcus, Helen, Sammy, Graham, Becky, and Richard are people just like you and me who lead different lives with different experiences to different ends, and different beginnings.
I found this book to be fascinating, the characters are so well detailed that you can get sucked into their thoughts ,you really will have no doubt that they could be real . The emotions expressed in their lives, deaths, and the hereafter will throw you for a loop. I was intrigued by the thought process that this author demonstrates in writing this. I found this book nothing short of amazing and well written. It would be terrifying if parts of this novel were real. The story could be believable as some parts are based on Biblical history and the descriptions of Hell will scare the heck out of you to put it mildly.
It is a novel that should be strictly labeled as for adults as there are many graphic situations, violence, and adult language throughout the book. I look forward to the author releasing the next in the series.
Bonnie Wheeler * * * * *
Scary, thrilling, don't shut the lights off,
(wait, what was that sound?), oh yeah, where was I? Do you want a spine tingling
roller coaster ride?
I used to love horror novels when I was a teen, but then when I became older I was more interested in books that were mostly romantic with a bit of fright. Alex Laybourne reminded me why I loved horror so long ago. Because it is fun to be scared from the safety of my couch with my precious fuzzy blanket to protect me.
I don't believe in giving spoilers, so I won't go into detail, but if hell is really the way Laybourne created it, then we all better be saying our prayers before bed. Imagine the smell of decaying flesh, imagine having your ...uhhh...private parts...never mind. Imagine seeing the ones you left behind on earth suffer in misery when you're gone and you can't change that. Now, imagine mighty angels appearing and you suddenly have a chance to change your eternity!
This book is for adults. I won't allow my "oh so curious" young teens the chance to read it until they are much older, BUT, adults - if you want to read a novel with fascinating, detailed characters, and pacing that is so perfectly crafted that you can't pull yourself away. Give this book and yourself a shared mutual gift. For the low cost I paid for it on Smashwords, it is worth every penny.