World Of Hurt

World of Hurt can now be found as part of the omnibus edition, Worlds of Hurt.

U never told me how u died.

Nearly half his life ago, Andrei spent 38 minutes as a corpse. It’s not a secret that he shares with many people. Especially these last six years, ever since the comforting lie of tunnels and white lights crumbled away to leave him with the memory of what he really found on the other side of death…

Not Hell, but something worse: a Heaven unlike anything he’d ever been taught to expect.

& u havent blown yr brains out yet? Or screamed yr throat raw until they sedated u? Pretty impressive, Andrei. U may B 1 of those that make it.

Now, as Heaven seeks to reclaim him, Andrei awakens to the hidden truths of this world and the next, caught between two unequal sides waging a clandestine war for the soul of the world, in which everything he’s ever taken for granted about good and evil has just been turned upside-down.

Demon est Deus inversus.

When death is no escape, what do you do? Andrei has a fierce need to know, as the clock runs out on the most excruciating moral choice of his life.

Reviews

“Packs an emotional wallop that will send its audience reeling. As always, the author’s prose is sleek and muscular, his narrative both poetic and poignant as he delivers what may be his most thought-provoking work yet.” — The Boulder Daily Camera

“Hodge creates a palpable, sometimes overwhelming sense of dread on almost every page … it’s obvious that he is a talent worth watching with great interest.” — The Horror Channel

“Hodge creates a mythos every bit as dismal and bleak as Lovecraft’s Elder Gods … There is no cold Lovecraftian phrasing here, but pages suffused with warmth and genuine awe for the human spirit, as Hodge handles his characters with a respect and emotion that we’ve come to expect.” — Hellnotes

“The plot is clever, and the writing is simply excellent, but World of Hurt’s real power stems from its characters.” — Rue Morgue

“Compresses an epic’s worth of complexity, vision, and the mythic horrific into one little lean, mean heartbreak machine … This is spiritual hardcore horror, both brutal and transcendent. And it will punch you right in the soul.” — John Skipp, co-author of The Light At The End