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Hellfire & Damnation II (H&D, #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  18 reviews
"Hellfire & Damnation II" is the sequel to the award-winning short story collection released in 2011 with a framing device of Dante's "Inferno" and the 9 Circles of Hell and sins/crimes punished at each. (

The first book won an E-Lit award, plus Silver Feather, NABE and Pinnacle awards. The book is unique in featuring illustrations with
Paperback, Sequel, with illustrations., 168 pages
Published July 30th 2012 by The Merry Blacksmith (first published July 28th 2012)
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To begin this short piece on my thoughts of the book Hellfire and Danmantion II, I just have to state that I have never before been so effected by the introduction in a book. I was struck by the very first phrase and by the time I had finished reading the intro, there was absolutely NO way that I would not read this book. I actually went on-line and bought a copy of book one as I had not read that yet. The introduction was so well written that I just knew the book would be even bett
Nicola Mansfield
A collection of stories based on the 9 level's of Dante's Hell. I wasn't terribly impressed with this collection. I love Dante's version of Hell and had been expecting more; perhaps more horror or terror. The stories were mediocre. Some were real duds and the majority were just ok. The last few stories were better than the earlier stories making the average rating come out to a close 3/5.

1. Cold Corpse Carnival - A man died by falling into an ice pit and is kept there frozen, eventually becoming
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The idea of Limbo always frightened me though. The what if's I pondered at the young age of 13. "What if I kiss Shaun" "What if I kiss Susie..." "What if I drink Dad's wine?" What if? It as never the idea of hell that scared me because I did not believe hell, it was the idea of limbo and purgatory, being left with the what if and never having resolution. The question we still have at the end of this tale... what if they left never went down, and he never came back up... what if?

What makes it int
Tia Bach
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not for the faint of heart, Hellfire & Damnation II is a harrowing collection of short stories that takes the reader on a tour of Dante's 9 Circles of Hell. Each short story pulls you into a twisted tale and never lets you go, building the tension until the very last sentence.

Instead of trying to share a bit about each of the stories, I am going to share my favorites. Picking my top three was difficult, because all the stories were well-written and played on different emotions and fears. But I'l
Sharon Mitchell
Upfront, I'll say that I don't enjoy short story collections. I find that many short stories leave me unsatisfied; the stories in some collections just don't hang together or have a forced relationship.

But, with this book, I make an exception. Ms. Corcoran Wilson's stories DO hang together.

Perhaps this book works so well because of the stories' structure. The book follows the format of Dante's nine circles of hell (limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery). Each
I'm a sucker for anthologies, so jumped at the chance to take part in a blog tour for a collection of short stories inspired by Dante's Inferno. I've read a few different versions of Inferno, but short stories based on the different levels? How could I resist?

The stories are divided according to the nine circles. There are eleven stories, so some circles have more than one story. I liked that Connie includes a description of each circle, as I couldn't remember what the middle levels were (been a
Kathleen Kelly
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hellfire and Damnation II is the second in a series of short stories that take a bit from Dante's 9 Circles of Hell. This collection of 11 stories are very diverse. They range from the wild west to present day, it has a variety of spooky elements, murder, comedy and the paranormal with pictures at the beginning of each story that gives the reader a peek into what the story is about.add a bit of insight to the story. Without giving away any of the stories plots, I will say that this is a collecti ...more
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes horror
Recommended to Mareena by: Tracee at Pump up Your Book and Amazon
Hellfire and Damnation II is the sequel to Connie Corcoran Wilson's first book of short stories that she published in 2011. This book is another tour of Dante's 'Nine Circles of Hell' from his Inferno. It features eleven original short stories: from the 132-year-old corpse of Norwegian immigrant Ole Monson seeking revenge against the living for the desecration of his final resting place in 'Cold Corpse Carnival' to the most intimate betrayal suffered between two brothers in 'The Bureau'. Each st ...more
Kylie Purdie
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love scary books. Among the first adult books I ever read were Stephen King and Dean Koontz. However, these days, I find it hard to find good scary books---ones that don't make me feel like I've read them before---and then I was asked to read "Hellfire & Damnation II."

Connie (Corcoran) Wilson takes us by the hand and leads us through the 9 Circles of Hell, whispering to us the tales of those we find there and the events that have led them to this nightmarish place. From the first story set in
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Connie pens "Hellfire & Damnation II" in a plot that will really leave the horror with you. The illustrations are just unbelievably good and will get you really thinking about what you just read. I was totally satisfied with the amount of detail within each "circle of hell" she writes about. Now I really need to find the first book in the series to catch up with. Highly recommended for all who love the thrill of horror.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provid
Jessie Radford
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to say this book is not to be attempted by the weak of heart. With each short story it starts off gripping your attention. Each story represents a different ring of hell and are so befitting. Be forewarned this book will leave a lasting impression. I highly recommend this book for anyone with a taste for the morbid or intense. You will not be disappointed.
Mark Heath
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Read number 3 first, loved it so much read number 2. Great short stories based on real events which makes it the more interesting.
Loved the story called 'Resurrection Cemetery' and 'A Spark on the Prairie'. Shall have to read number 1 now.
Nov 29, 2012 added it
I've read the first half of the book, and I really enjoyed "Cold Corpse Carnival." That story was definitely worth a read. Pick this collection up if only for that story. I'll post a full review when I've finished the second half of the book. ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved the concept and short stories.
Oct 31, 2012 marked it as dearly-departed
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Won as part of the Goodreads first reads program. Review to come.
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I found the plotting of each short story derivative and repetitive. Overall I just felt like I was reading each character's random internal monologue that just repeated itself page after page. ...more
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Connie Corcoran Wilson has published 10 books since 2003. "Hellfire & Damnation" ( came out in February, 2010. Her three volumes of true ghost stories of Route 66 (Ghostly Tales of Route 66, are out from Quixote and in E-book format from Quad City Press. Her first book ("Training the Teacher As A Champion") was published by PLS Boo ...more

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