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Misconceptions Of Hell

Authored by Michael Essington

Misconceptions of Hell is a collection of short stories by Michael Essington, published in 2016. The collection deals largely with drinking, women, gambling, and writing. It is an important collection that establishes Essington's minimalist style and his thematic oeuvre.

Misconceptions of Hell is comprised of seven stories and twenty-one poems. All dealing with themes of hell on Earth, noir with a twist of the supernatural.

Editorial Reviews


“When Michael sent me the first chapter (Bo Herne) of ‘Misconceptions Of Hell” to review, I intended to sift through it quickly and say something good before going to bed. I ended up being sucked into the story and was thoroughly immersed to the end. The characters were instantly familiar, the story short (I always hate when great stories end), yet rich and full. It’s the kind of short story that can easily adapt into a full-length film (wink, wink). I await anxiously to read the remainder of what looks to be Mr. Essington’s finest writing yet. Sonomabitch just gets better and better!”
- Rikk Agnew; musician/vocalist, Adolescents, Christian Death

“Michael Essington is one of my favorite writers. This book is old-school, hard-boiled fun. Characters are awesome, stories great, every page made me laugh. And I learned an important lesson, which is – trust the fucking cards!”
-James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard

“Michael Essington writes with both fists, burning stogie clenched tightly between his teeth. Words fly like bullets and the pages are bloody and raw. Don’t come around looking for niceties and politeness because you won’t find them here. Pour a drink and brace yourself for the action. Better make it a double.
-Chris Walter, author of Liquor & Whores and SNFU: What No One Else Wanted to Say

“Michael Essington’s short stories are contemporary tall tales, new urban legends that might be spun by a guffawing host to attendees at some summer night barbecue in a suburban enclave on the outskirts of any major American city. Sagas that keep the guests laughing until it hurts. But, as the liquor finally takes hold, they realize their genial host is really raising up a mirror to their own miserable lives. These stories are not about someone else, they are about THEM.”
- Chris D., author of Dragon Wheel Splendor and Other Love Stories of Violence and Dread

Publication Date:
1523889128 / 9781523889129
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Literary

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