Hell's Museby Published 14 Jan 2013
In the beginning was the Word – and the word Was a lie.
A struggling writer dives into the dark pits of madness to create his most perfect work – a parallel of his own life, only twisted into a malignant hatred. When the written word opens a gateway to Hell, every truth the writer believes is challenged, every lie made truth.
As a trail of death and sorrow spills from the words, the writer is drawn into an unholy abyss to become Hell's Muse.
"Hell's Muse" Reviews
Interesting book that starts out with a struggling author writing about a struggling author who in turn is writing a horror novel. Eventually the stories merge into one. The book was not really all that scary but did hold my interest and kept me wondering up until the end.
The only thing that popped into my head when I finished this book was, "Holy Crap!" The imagery in this book is soooo intense, but at the same time NOT overwhelming. This book is so so so good!! I can't say anything but good things. The way Jack Wallen describes the scenes makes you feel like you can see, hear, and smell all of the gory details. That is what makes him such an incredible and believable writer is that he can transport you into his world, and his head. And I have to say, it's better then Disneyland!!
This book is dark and deep and layered. it actualy makes you think.It makes you ask yourself so manny questios, go in the deep dark and hidden places of your own mind and soul
It is someow hard to discrive it without taking some of this books glow. Well, some of the oldest questions of man search for a ansewr. There are questions about faith, the Faustian Pact, pain, love, the means that we are capable to use to obtain whatever we desire or what we think that we desire and wish.
And another question, can the Fantasy world that you create become your world, is it capabel to swallow your very own Soul.. Make you one with it, part of a world of pain and torture that somehow always lived in your mind but now has the abilithy to take over, to control you.
You can see this book as a Horror work of fction, or as a methaphor for a writher that looses his very own mind.
The Story of Bob, the writher that looses all his fame and glory. And the lost is more painful that the desire for something that he never had, because he already bitt into the fruit of knowledge, he knows how it taste , how it is to be on the fluffy top, this is why the bottom, the very hard rock bottom tastes even more while with all his gore , dread and dispair.
You can choose to believe that The Nameless is real, or you can think that he is only a demon that is Born from the writhers mind, but something that is real in ones Fantasy can become real, in the so called real world if you do believe in ist existence, and the fear is real, oh so very real.
Do read it, ist worth your time and energy because it is one of the most inteligent books that i ever had the privilege to discover.
I've read quite a few novels by Jack Wallen, but NONE of them hit me quite like Hell's Muse.
It's dark. It's twisted. It's flat-out disgusting in parts. It is very reminiscent of Clive Barker's early horror; a definite throwback to a time when horror wasn't sugar-coated to make it easier for the masses to swallow. This novel is not for the faint of heart, but if you're up to it, I encourage you to pick it up and dive into the pits of Hell.
Hell's Muse is a multi-layered nightmare, beautifully detailed and extremely vivid. Jack has this magical way with words, making them sing and dance and show you exactly what you're reading. You can see it in your mind's eye, if you have the guts to look. Hell's Muse is complex and visceral. It challenges you, makes you think.
Hell's Muse is the first in the Nameless Saga, and is available in Kindle and paperback form from Amazon.