A review of ‘Hell’s Muse’ by author Jack Wallen **FIVE STARS**

Image

“Hell’s Muse”

Meet Jack Wallen’s ‘author’ inside his author in this brilliant ‘book’ within a book.

Blurb:

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.

My Review:

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

Image

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:

I Zombie I | My Zombie My | Die Zombie Die | Lie Zombie Lie | Zombie Radio

T-Minus Zero | Hell’s Muse | Screampark | Shero | Shero II: Zombie A GoGo

A Blade Away | Gothica | Endgame | Klockwerk Kabaret

**If you want to receive an automatic email when Jack’s next book is released, sign up here. Your email address will never be shared and you can unsubscribe at any time**

 Find out more about Jack:

Website: http://www.getjackd.net | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.jackwallen

Twitter: @jlwallen | Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+jackwallen/posts

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Wallen/e/B004MZWR3W/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4468548.Jack_Wallen

Zombie Radio: http://www.zombieradio.org

Keep an eye out for another “Authors are People” segment! =)

-Eli Constant

Image

Advertisements

Authors are People | The oddly charismatic JACK WALLEN

Here’s another ‘Authors are People’ segment, folks.

 

The super-likeable, oddly charismatic, ridiculously endearing:

JACK WALLEN

Image

I think it’s wildly important to gain an understanding of the creator behind the creation. When our eyes feast on a painting, when we read a book, even when we ride a gravity-defying ride at the amusement park, we bring into that experience the preconceptions that we have garnered over our X numbers of years on this planet.

Take it from Orson Scott Card’s “Characters & Viewpoints” –

As storytellers, we can’t stop our readers from making stereotype judgments. In fact, we count on it. We know of and probably share most of the prejudices and stereotypes of the community we live.

-Orson Scott Card

Characters & Viewpoints

© 2010

 

OSC makes a good point and that point applies to most artistic creations (and also goes beyond the realm of art to taint and decide consumer acceptance of everything from interracial cereal commercials to plus-sized clothing).

One thing learning about an author as a flawed, opinionated person will do is break down the fluxing barrier between the consumer and the producer.

Once you’ve delved into an author’s psyche, you may realize that there exists a deeply personal reason for why a character in the book responds the way he or she does to a tragedy or joy. You may begin to understand that, as improbable as a plot twist may be, that it’s a piece of the writer’s reality and, therefore, must be treated with the respect of reality.

I knew of Jack quite a while before he and I began forming a ‘virtual’ friendship via social media. He has turned out to be a generous man, nurturing lesser-known Indies on their journey, who manages to maintain a modicum of admirable modesty, despite his fans calling him the ‘Zombie King.’ He’s a talent beyond the page- a stage actor, a narrator, owner of Adorkable Designs, Inc. He’s always up for a challenge and I’m jealous of his almost preternatural ability to roll with life’s punches and discover for himself the road to a brighter, healthier future. Many of us don’t have that talent- sitting in a cesspool until an outsider shows us the window that opened in place of the door slamming in our faces.

I asked Jack to send me a list of facts on himself- things that his fans wouldn’t have discovered from a simple, quick search on the net. Some of the little tidbits about him surprised me and I find myself looking at him in a different way. These revelations, listed below, coupled with my current reading of his stellar book “Hell’s Muse,” leads me to examine my preconceptions (and current conceptions) of Jack, the person & the author.

Thank you for sharing, Jack. I’m very grateful that we’ve become friends.

Image

Get the facts… Jack 😉

More than you ever wanted to know about Jack, that you won’t find on his website (or your imagination).

Random facts

  •  Born in New Castle, Indiana
  • Suffered from a bone de-generative disease when he was 7
  • Was planning on studying marine biology until he auditioned for his first play in high school
  • Scored 100% in both geometry and biology classes in high school
  • Was a national finalist in speech and debate
  • Played Tuba in both marching band, orchestra, and even jazz band
  • Is in three movies that you’ll likely never see
  • Started his writing career with a vampire story based on a role playing game he played
  • Enjoys wearing kilts more than he’ll ever admit – oh wait, I just admitted it
  • Will grow “old” but never “up”
  • Favorite film of all time is The Crow
  • Favorite piece of classical music is Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings
  • Studied opera for a brief period
  • Performed in one opera and quickly left the field due to the raging egos
  • Listens to music nearly all day
  • Plays guitar (but only with a lot of effects so you don’t know how bad I am)
  • Has been an avid cyclist since high school
  • Have two (living) brothers and two sisters
  • Was named after my father
  • My real name is Jackie – I stopped going by that name in elementary school after I made the school bully cry
  • Has five cats (Oni, Wookie, Bigen, Bazo, and Miko)
  • Has three step children (Josh, Leah, and Courtney – all grown and out of the house)
  • Is married to the fantastic Stephanie Wallen
  • I was nearly shocked to death as an infant (I chewed my way through an electrical cord). Had it not been for my father seeing me convulsing on the floor and unplugging the cord…well…you can do that math.
  • Went through a very long goth period (didn’t we all?)
  • If I could be one character from my books it would probably be Shero because…well…he’s Shero!
  • Used to have an office that was entirely black (walls, floor, ceiling, desk) so I could concentrate solely on writing
  • Have been told I look like the bastard love child of John Mellencamp and Stephen King – or Leonard Hoftstadter’s twin.

A note from Jack: Imagination has been my savior throughout my life. As a child I would spend hours devising ways to scare my younger sister. The methods of madness grew ever-more elaborate with time. That same imagination helped me survive not the greatest of surroundings and also propelled me into a twenty-year career as an actor. I hold onto that imagination very dearly – even though it tends to keep me from growing up. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it.

Image

Jack is the author of:

I Zombie I | My Zombie My | Die Zombie Die | Lie Zombie Lie | Zombie Radio

T-Minus Zero | Hell’s Muse | Screampark | Shero | Shero II: Zombie A GoGo

A Blade Away | Gothica | Endgame | Klockwerk Kabaret

If you want to receive an automatic email when Jack’s next book is released, sign up here. Your email address will never be shared and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Find out more about Jack:

Website: http://www.getjackd.net | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.jackwallen

Twitter: @jlwallen | Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+jackwallen/posts

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Wallen/e/B004MZWR3W/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4468548.Jack_Wallen

Zombie Radio: http://www.zombieradio.org

 

******

I’m so enjoying showcasing authors as people that I’ve decided to make this a regular segment on my blog. Look for a new showcase next Friday!

Cheers,

Eli

 

**Double Cover Reveals** The epically awesome Jack Wallen & the fabulously talented Claire C Riley give readers a taste of what’s to come…

JACK WALLEN

The Zombie King Extraordinaire

 Jack Wallen is probably one of the nicest guys I’ve met in a long time; he’s a true gentleman with just the right touch of naughty (and he’s got gobs of talent to boot). He knows how to hook the reader from the first sentence, the first word- and, more importantly- he knows how to keep people hooked, so that it becomes near impossible to stop reading and go about daily life.

***COVER REVEAL***

The Last Casket

           jack wallen cover

All hell breaks loose, when rock and the apocalypse collide.

In this first spinoff of the popular I Zombie series, psychobilly band
Kitty in a Casket kick the undead horde’s ass with their special flavor of rock.

Follow Kitty and her band to a dive bar in the middle of the apocalyptic
landscape and raise your fist as they prove themselves worthy destroyers
of zombies, cannibalism, and the Mengele Virus.

 

**Read a sample of THE LAST CASKET**

(click link below)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxAJFmEneZIlR25KQVl1Wk9sdk0/edit?usp=sharing

Meet Jack

jack wallen

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:

I Zombie I | My Zombie My | Die Zombie Die | Lie Zombie Lie | Zombie Radio

T-Minus Zero | Hell’s Muse | Screampark | Shero | Shero II: Zombie A GoGo

A Blade Away | Gothica | Endgame | Klockwerk Kabaret

If you want to receive an automatic email when Jack’s next book is released, sign up here. Your email address will never be shared and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Find out more about Jack:

Website: http://www.getjackd.net | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.jackwallen

Twitter: @jlwallen | Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+jackwallen/posts

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Wallen/e/B004MZWR3W/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4468548.Jack_Wallen

Zombie Radio: http://www.zombieradio.org

********************************************************************************************************************************************* 

CLAIRE C RILEY

The origins of Horror make a comeback in the hands of this talented author. Her books are impossible to put down, nail-bitingly good.

What can I say about Claire C Riley? She was meant to write. I can’t imagine her doing anything else. The life she infuses into her writings, the love she has for her characters- readers can tell that there’s something special about her. Take a chance- read one of her books. I have no doubt that you’ll fall in love and become a fan for life.

 

***COVER REVEAL***

Odium 2

claire odium 2 cover

Claire hasn’t released the official blurb for ODIUM 2, but, if it picks up where ODIUM 1 left off, readers are in for an adrenaline-packed, emotional roller coaster of zombie-killing balanced with realistic character relationships. I devoured the first installment and I’m sure the second book will be no different!

**Read a teaser of ODIUM 2**

(click the link below)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxAJFmEneZIlYTNoRFdITTJnaE0/edit?usp=sharing

Meet Claire

claire w zombies
Odium. The Dead Saga. Top #100 bestseller in dystopian fiction for 2013 and Indie book of the daclaire w zombiesy winner 20th December 2013. Limerence, recommended Indie paranormal book in The Guardian in 2013.

Claire C Riley, is taking horror back to its roots, incorporating an old school style of horror and romance. Sexy and dark. (Think Bram Stokers Dracula,George Romero zombies and old school slasher gore.)

Her works include vampires, zombies, demons, ghosts and anything a little different. However she reads nearly every genre imaginable, believing that you should never stick to your comfort zones. She also likes to write characters which aren’t instantly likeable, isn’t that like real life?

Claire is a mother to three amazing little girls who hold her heart. She is an avid book collector and has a great zombie apocalypse plan in place thanks to a questionnaire she asked her readers to fill in for her from her blog.

Claire is currently working on the sequel to Limerence, the sequel to Odium and a crime horror, along with a ton of short stories to be released in anthologies very soon.

She actively encourages reader participation on her blog and author Facebook page, with questionnaires, quizzes, and fan art. So get in touch!

Claire is also the author of:

Odium | Odium Origins | Limerence | Contributor to anthologies: Fusion & Horror Novel Reviews

claire banner

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CLAIRE:

www.clairecriley.com | http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/… |  \https://www.facebook.com/ClaireCRiley…
http://bit.ly/clairecrileyamazon | @ClaireCRiley