An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he’ll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity, taking the reader on a journey through the afterlife of a world where everything everyone believed in turns out to be wrong. “Profound and disturbing, A SHORT STAY IN HELL is a perfect blend of science fiction, theology, and horror. A terrifying meditation on faith, human nature, and the relentless scope of eternity. It will haunt you, fittingly, for a very, very long time.” – Dan Wells, author of I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER “An irresistible invention. Peck has somehow squeezed all of human experience, not to mention near-infinite expanses of space and time, into one miraculously slim novella. You won’t be able to stop thinking about this book.” – Ken Jennings, author of BRAINIAC and MAPHEAD
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This book will stay in your head forever. Incredible. Indescribable. Torturous. Read it.
Hooray for the Horror.
A short story masterpiece. Intriguing and terrifying. I will have nightmares but at least mine will come to an end.
Unclear and curious
I was curious about this book. It was a good, short read about the hereafter. There were some lovely stories within the story as well as terror and heartache. I really took from it the importance of curiosity and hope. A life without ongoing hope of discovery sound a like an unappealing existence.