A Gentle Hell is comprised of four dark speculative stories of quiet tension and uncomfortable nostalgia, written for deformed children and girls that dream of demons.
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Christian’s writing is melancholy and sorrowful and full of depth, like rich soil that grows strange, poisonous flowers… Highly recommended.
Christian’s writing is enigmatic, yet crystal-clear. I suppose the best way to describe it would be “poetic”. Her images are unusually constructed, but they are never nebulous. Her horror is definitely unsettling, but not necessarily gory. The horror in these stories comes from within the characters; a quiet desperation at the numb bare facts of human existence.
Autumn Christian has the voice of one intelligent and colorful author… This is thought provoking stuff. Stories about relationships and the inner workings of character’s heads make up these tales… Christian’s horror comes in more like an after thought, as something that is just part of these characters’ lives now and they just have to adapt to it… She’s the Pinhead of writing: articulate and restrained, but powerful.
Christian’s work reads almost like prose poetry. The imagery is lush, the metaphors subtle, and the atmosphere of dread constructed with skill and flair. These stories will stand a second reading, a third, a fourth, as readers peel back each layer of meaning. This is the Thinking Person’s Horror at its finest.
About Autumn Christian
Autumn Christian is a horror writer who lives in the dark woods of the southern United States with poisonous blue flowers in her backyard and a set of polished cow skulls on her mantel.
Excerpt from They Promised Dreamless Death one of the tales within <IA Gentle Hell
My brother continued to stand at the foot of my bed advertising for the machines in the hours when he used to sleep.
“Come and join us,” he said, like some phantom whispering fang-seductive from the other side of the living dead railroad tracks. “We have several easy payment plans for your evisceration. We take all major credit cards. All your friends are doing it. What do you really have to offer the world in your consciousness anyways? Nobody will miss you. Why is it so difficult for you to acquiesce, sir? Are you following some self-righteous religious creed, sir? Is that why you can’t suck it up, lie back, and blow your head out of the water, sir?”
I think that while the world is sleeping a new entity will enter our universe, like a thief in the night, creep over our head fog, and take away our bodies and our space, infiltrate our energy and our nightmarescapes. If the world ever wakes, I don’t think it will ever know what it used to be.
Why wouldn’t you?
You can find A Gentle Hell at Amazon, HERE
Also, you can get Autumn’s book, The Crooked God Machine, described as a dystopian horror novel, HERE.
Charles lives on the black planet, a place where plague machines terrorize citizens with swarms of locusts and rivers of blood, salesmen sell sleep in the form of brain implants, and God appears on the television every night to warn of the upcoming apocalypse. When Charles meets Leda, a woman who claims to have escaped from hell, he begins to suspect that the black planet is not at all what it appears to be. After Leda disappears, Charles sets out to find her with help from his stripper ex-girlfriend, the deadhead Jeanine. Along the way he will uncover the truth of the origins of the black planet, and discover the source of the mysterious voice that calls to Leda from the ocean waves.
Interviews and Whatnots
Autumn’s Blog: I Wasn’t Dreaming
Autumn at Twitter: @autumnxtian
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