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The last thing Cole Sunger remembers is the trap door creaking open beneath his feet on the gallows of Arkwood Penitentiary. Now, Cole is awake – aware - in a frighteningly dark realm populated by demonic creatures. Utterly bewildered by his dark supernatural locale, Cole allies himself with two other damned souls, Clancy and Lucy and soon learns he has arrived in Hell ami...more
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 16 pages
Published March 12th 2012 by Matt Cole
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Pure Textuality
Abode of the Damned is a short story so my review is going to be brief. I don’t want to blow the story and there isn’t a whole lot of wiggle room to not blow plot points.

Abode of the Damned is gripping from the first paragraph. You get pulled into the psyche of a man who is being hanged for his crimes. The door trap door opens and fade to black… When he wakes up, he can’t understand what has happened or where he is. That’s when all hell breaks loose.

I have to say, for a short story, Abode of th...more
H.G. Estok
This is the first I've read of Cole's work, and I can honestly say I enjoyed it. I'm a big fan of creepy short stories, and this one didn't disappoint. When I read a short story, I know what I'm in for: it's going to be short. It's not a novel. It's going to leave you pondering some things left unsaid. Good short stories linger in your mind, forcing you to come to grips with what you've read. Short story writers don't spell out everything for you -- they assume you have a modicum of intelligence...more
Simon Jenner
Welcome to Hell

Cole Sunger awakens from his hanging and finds his soul in the barren wastelands of Hell. This colourfully told tale follows his attempt to escape with his new found acquaintances via a portal high in the mountains. But before they can escape they find themselves deep in the middle of a war for the control of Hell and are confronted by all kinds of wonderfully described demonic creatures. The protagonist is not a nice guy, but in Hell, who is?

Firstly, I would like to congratulate...more
Joe
The story was interesting enough to keep my attention, especially as it was so short, but it certainly was not memorable. Also, as with most self-published works, there are too many grammatical errors These include mixups of their, there, they're and using nose instead of noise, among others. All of the mistakes are valid words, so spellcheck was used but it was not very well proofread. I find these kinds of errors very distracting and they make me disinclined to read anything further by the aut...more
Rabid Readers Reviews
You know that story you read and then it just doesn't leave you for hours or even days after. You think of the setting and the desolation and the desperation to escape - that was this story.

Cole Sunger finds himself in hell and with two other spirits, looks for an escape. The three characters are extremely well written and the setting belivable in a disturbing way that was entertaining to read. This is a very short story but will stay with you for a while. Highly recommend if you like gritty tal...more
Hayley
A nice, easy short story. The characters were interesting and easy to understand, given the small amount of description and back-story they got. I loved the dark, dangerous setting, which from the very beginning sets the tone for the next eleven pages. A great little read, highly recommended for anyone with a spare ten minutes.
Ken
Cole Sunger is executed, hanged, dead! But, he wakes up! And he is in the unfamiliar and yet unmistakable environs of Hell. He finds himself teamed with two other unfortunate souls with only one thing on their minds...escape.

I am a fan of open-ended stories. This one though was a bit too open-ended for my taste.

3 STARS
Missy
I just read this story today and found it to be interesting from the first paragraph. I would have liked to learn more about Lucy. That is really the only bad thing I found about this short story as I really liked the dark desolate setting. I hope we read about it in future stories.
David Donaghe
This was a good story, but it was short. If you like stories about what happens after death, you'll like this book.
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Matt was born in a Vancouver, British Columbia 1967. He earned a undergraduate degree in kinesiology at the University of British Columbia and a graduate degree in exercise physiology the University of Victoria.

He was first inspired to write speculative fiction while in college, during a speculative fiction literature course. Since then, in addition to short stories, Matt has experimented with wri...more
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