Author Alex Laybourne grew up in a small English coastal town, and started writing stories as soon as he was old enough to hold a pen. Having to take the bus to school every day, he spent a lot of time dreaming up stories and characters, observing those around him with an author’s eye.
A love for Horror fiction developed at an early age, and he was soon devouring everything from Poe and Lovecraft to King and Barker. It was within these pages that he found his home, the place he longed to visit during every waking moment.
Attracted to the lavish landscapes and poetic flow of Barker’s prose and the complex interwoven characters and worlds of King, it was these two modern age authors that shaped an early writing style which still influences his work today.
Highway to Hell utilizes the traditional Catholic vision of Hell and takes a much more everyday look at sin, and the things which, in theory, would see us cast into the pit.
The first in a trilogy of novels, this first part introduces us to six central characters that must die in order for their story to be told. Plucked from the bowels of Hell by angels, forced to outrun and outsmart demons, they are brought face to face with their past, their fears, and learn that the lines between good and evil are not always clearly set, and that sometimes, the people you need to trust, come from unlikely backgrounds.
Marcus, Becky, Richard, Helen, Sammy, and Graham. All complete strangers, different ages, backgrounds and even countries, but they all have one major thing in common … they all must DIE. Sentenced to offer their penance in the many chambers of Hell, their lives are nothing but a torturous experience. They are brought face to face with their past, their mistakes and the implications that had for others. Until one by one they are rescued and thrown together. Walking in a dying world, they are introduced to their rescuers who do anything but conform to their angelic stereotype. Together, bonded by an unknown destiny the group is set on their quest; to find one individual buried deep within the many Hell worlds. Not only does the fate of their world rest on their shoulders, but that of existence itself. Heaven and Hell, Angels and Demons, these things were once considered opposites, but what happens when they become neighbors, allies … friends?
Highway to Hell is Alex Laybourne’s first novel which is now available on Amazon (and via numerous other online sources) in both eBook and paperback formats. With 2 more novels under contract and scheduled for release in 2013, together with a number of short story collections scheduled for release around August 2013, the horror fiction market is about to be shaken up in a way that hasn’t happened since the Books of Blood first hit the shelves. Laybourne shies away from the current trends of excessive gore and mindless violence, and instead aims to revive the genre through good story telling, strong plots, and believable characters.
You can check this one out on Amazon here: Highway To Hell