Meet Jack Wallen’s ‘author’ inside his author in this brilliant ‘book’ within a book.
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.
A Review of Hell’s Muse by Jack Wallen [The Zombie King, The Kingdom]
FIVE highly deserved STARS … for making me think and NOT putting me to sleep in the process.
Fantastically convoluted storyline that should be read by aspiring authors and seasoned professionals in the literary community. The joy, frustration, highs, lows, all the good and bad things about being an ‘author’ are infused into Wallen’s lovingly crafted book (everything from pen names to true feelings towards media). Lovingly. That might give the wrong impression. The main character is anything but lovely or dealt with ‘lovingly’. He is gritty, raw, unedited, and a bit of a depressed, anti-social, coffee addict. But there is love in this storyline (and you can tell that the author views authorship, with all its pitfalls, lovingly too), a cathartic expelling of all the things that make the authorship journey worth it, but never forgetting the nuances that make it difficult and bloody.
The intro to the book… that was the hardest section for me to read. It’s really infused with a primitive, brutal hatred that’s difficult to move past. Bob… oh… hmmm. I mean Shakespeare… I mean… (Please, don’t ever call a writer Shakespeare). Okay, Mr. Coulter. I like that, the pen name, inside this novel, inside this novel.
Learning about the MC and delving ever further into the storyline is like a spiraling downward into madness that somehow comes off as a transcendence upwards. Readers, looking inward at the life of the MC in the roach-infested sardine tin of an apartment, go to a place of psychological madness when Coulter begins to dream inspiration, hear a disembodied voice urging him ever forward to complete a work that will be, undoubtedly, life-altering (and his brilliant undoing).
Spiraling. Downward. Downward. (Upward). Readers will begin to see that psychology is only part of the issue… there is something real, tangible, fear-inducing about the voice and inspiration.
Something from Hell.
Looking for a Muse.
The ending hit me in the gut, taking the brutal beginning to a brutal climax that begs for continuation. Pens for fingers… That image alone was enough to have me picturing bright blood ink and a forever of writing. Which is wildly disturbing when one thinks that most authors aspire to do just that- write… forever.
A highly recommended piece of ‘fiction’. Jack Wallen, a work of brilliance.
So, that pretty much sums up my ‘2 cents’ on this book… seriously, buy it!
Amazon.com: Hell’s Muse
Jack Wallen is a seeker of truth and a writer of words. Although he resides in the unlikely city of Louisville, Kentucky, he likes to think of himself more as an interplanetary soul … or so he tells the reflection in the mirror. He’s also the author of:
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