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Marcus, Becky, Richard, Helen, Sammy, and Graham. All complete strangers, different ages, backgrounds and even countries, but they all have one major thing in common…they all must DIE.
Sentenced to offer their penance in the many chambers of Hell, their lives are nothing but a torturous experience. They are brought face to face with their past, their mistakes and the implic...more
ebook, 338 pages
Published August 6th 2011 by Smashwords (first published August 5th 2011)
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Richard Bunning
Alex Laybourne draws on vivid, unrelenting “catholic” visions of a mediaevalist hell as he drives us through a more terrifying, modern version of a Dante Alighieri’s "Inferno". As I read the grim horror, of Laybourne’s dark prose I found myself imagining some inquisitorial preacher spouting a very similar vision of Hell and damnation from his high pulpit, lashing his sinful parish to follow his idea of God through fear for their mortal souls.
In places I found the horror almost too hard, not that...more
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...more
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 beginnin...more
Christoph Fischer
"Highway to Hell" is a great achievement, very ambitious and fortunately successful in its complex structure that had me guessing and wondering from the beginning.
At first there is a sequence of short stories during which several characters die. There is some great horror in the way some of them go but there is no connection between these victims at all, which made me read impatiently to find out the missing link.
In the next part these characters wake up in hell or purgatory or whatever you fee...more
Catherine Green
A horrific and graphic horror story which truly shows us the gory side to death and decay from a human perspective. I liked the character introductions; they were personal and believable without being too detailed. The characters were a little culturally vague, in that I couldn’t easily understand whether they were British or American, but it wasn’t too much of a problem. The story was very deep and took a lot of concentration and effort to read and understand properly but it is worth it. I real...more
Lauralynn Elliott
I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book. My idea of hell is pretty straightforward...I believe what the Bible says about it. However, I don't think there's anything wrong with changing things around a bit in fiction. Alex Laybourne's idea of hell is frightening, yet appropriate for each individual who has passed into that realm. We get into the minds of the characters and experience the horror right along with them. I'm surprised I didn't have nightmares over this story. The only...more
C.M.
Oct 28, 2011 C.M. rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Here's a shocker. I don't normally read horror (as if you couldn't tell from my reading list...) but I love supporting new writers and Alex and I met through ROW80 on Twitter. I have to say I am REALLY Immensely glad I stepped out of my comfort zone for this one!

The characters are well rounded and well written, each having their own voice. Their situations are unique unto themselves and yet circle one another throughout the story. The ending was a little shocker for me, I really wasn't expectin...more
C.p. Bialois
As a fan of Stephen King, I was pleasantly surprised at how close this followed in the vein carved thirty years ago. The author takes you on a journey following the deaths of six different individuals as they enter Hell and are subjected to their judgements before being rescued for a task that holds the balance between good and evil. Once i got into it I found it difficult to put it down and enjoyed the description as it pulled me further into the story.
David Donaghe
This is a scary look at the afterlife and what might await us beyond the grave. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Mike
Fast moving enough to make you want to hang onto your seat, scary and believable storyline. Really enjoyed the ride.
Wanda Hartzenberg
At the start of the book the reader is introduced to a few characters that all seem to die a brutal and untimely death.
Here I started to fear that this might be a confusing book to follow with so many characters introduces in such a short span of time. My fears were unfounded.
The reader is taken into hell with some of these characters, literally. Their stomach turning torture is devised and each individual goes through torture that no living person would survive, good thing they are dead. This p...more
Autumn
Dec 16, 2013 Autumn rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I received this book to give an honest review.
What a horror story! I was pulled in from the very beginning and when these group of people went though hell literally I was like DAMN! This take some real imagination to be able to write so gruesome. The dark side of this book is just awesome. I love reading dark work but it has to be well written and not just thrown together for it work. And this author did a fab job writing the darkness to where you could just see it happening. The torture that ea...more
Jeannie Walker
Do we care about people who we think should go to Hell when they die?
Maybe, we should learn to care.
The characters in this novel: Marcus is a police officer. Becky is a promiscuous woman who uses crack cocaine. Helen is a manicurist. Sammy works in construction. Richard is a wealthy man who behaves irresponsibly and is sexually promiscuous. Graham is an elderly man. They are all different in many ways except that they are all dead and in Hell together. They are strangers with one common thread:...more
Maxine Owen
This was an excellent book. I had a hard time putting it down.
Alex Laybourne writes with the descriptiveness of Stephen King and the story telling style of Dean Koontz. He shows keen insight into the way the human mind works. His imagination will wow the reader. Every detail, from the way a room looked to an entire underworld, was full of detail.
This writer amazes me. He will go far. Stephen King and Dean Koontz may have some competition coming up!
Christine bonner
Alex has a sick mind, when it comes to writing book but I love them,

This one tell the story of 6 people who die and go to hell, the things that happen to them and how there all meet up.

Before there all meet up you find out what happen to them in hell and when the 5 meet

I cant wait to read the next book
Cautious Reader
Marcus is a cop. Becky is a crack whore. Helen is a manicurist. Sammy is a construction worker. Richard is a playboy. Graham is an old man. They all come from different backgrounds. They live in different countries and even at different times. Unfortunately, they are all dead. Except, what seems to be the end is only the beginning.

Strangers to each other, these people meet in the most horrific place imaginable – Hell. One by one, they are forced to face their past and admit to their sins. And wh...more
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Born and raised in the coastal English town Lowestoft, it should come as no surprise (to those that have the misfortune of knowing this place) that I became a horror writer.

From an early age I was sent to schools which were at least 30 minutes drive away and so spent the most of my free time alone, as the friends I did have lived too far away for me to be able to hang out with them in the weekends...more
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