In Hell by L. Marshall James

Since today is my birthday, I thought I would share with you all my newest favorite zombie book. This guy is twisted in an all new and fun way.


And for extra fun, L. Marshall James just released his newest book 11:34 yesterday! So I will include the info about that after my review. I’m reading it right now, so my review for that will post in a few days.

In Hell

Pages: 244
Published on: July 24, 2013
In Hell by L. Marshall James

When Paul first hears of the South American flu, he disregards it as just another health scare on par with swine or bird flu. However, when news reports show video footage of large-scale riots and unprecedented violence, he knows that something is wrong. As the outbreak hits home, Paul is forced to confront the realities of the world around him, as well as the fact that he wasn't as prepared as he thought.

In daydreams, he had envisioned himself fighting through the chaos and horror of the zombie apocalypse to emerge unscathed among the ashes. He thought he’d be a hero who saved the good, destroyed the evil, and rebuilt what was left of the world into something better than it was before.

He was wrong. There are no heroes in hell.


I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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This is not your mama’s zombie apocalypse book. While it does have some of the same key elements, ie: sickness of some sort resulting in zombies, guns, and religious people, there is something very different about it.


What starts as the South American Flu, turns into an outbreak of unique proportions. L. Marshall James’s zombies aren’t your typical mindless corpses, wandering the earth in search of their next meal of brains or entrails. Nope. They are so much scarier than that. They still have cognitive functions, at least to some degree. They are more likely to assault you than to just start tearing into your stomach and ripping out your guts. These zombies are fast. I’ve never read about a zombie that could not only think, but could also track and chase you down just to kick your ass or give you the middle finger. Don’t get me wrong, they will still try to kill you, but they are much more creative about it than just the usual biting. They have other “special skills” but I’ll leave you to figure out that one on your own.


One of the main things I enjoyed about In Hell is that it’s all about the violence and survival of Paul, the main character. There’s no romance here. Just a lot of action and violence, with plenty of humor to keep the tone fun-ish. I found it very easy to relate to Paul based on his personality and sense of humor. There are several moments in this book that had me cracking up. Of course, there are sad moments as well, but Paul is focused more on his survival than his emotions, which I can really appreciate.


This was really a great book. It had plenty of unique ideas that I had never read in any zombie book before. The twist at the end was INSANE. I couldn’t believe it. It was a great ending though. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys zombie books that have something different to offer the reader than what is commonplace, and isn’t interested in any kind of romantic elements. There was a very sick moment that reminded me a little bit of Armand Rosamillia’s zombies, I would say in a more consensual manner, but I’m not really sure if that’s the case. This is definitely a book worth checking out and I can’t wait to read more from this author!


5 fangs



Genre: Horror Compilation
Pages: 405

11 34 FINAL

11:34 is a horror compilation featuring 1 novel, 1 novella, 3 novelettes, and 4 short stories that will lead you through dark passageways of horror, dread, and suspense into worlds where not every question is answered and not every answer is what you want it to be. If you discover what happens at 11:34, you might wish you hadn’t.


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About L. Marshall James

L. Marshall James hails from northwest rural Pennsylvania, where he ran around barefoot and played 8-bit Nintendo when he wasn't playing with tar in the middle of the road. After a subpar high school performance, he obtained an associate's degree in information technology before realizing a powerful disdain for office jobs. Nonetheless, he worked in the IT field for over six years before calling it quits and joining his girlfriend in Southeast Asia for a traveling foray that lasted almost two years. He returned home just in time for Thanksgiving. Surprisingly enough, his family still loved him. At the time of publication, L. Marshall James is essentially a bum with no job and no permanent home. He would like to have both, but the wheres and hows of either are uncertain, as is much of his future.

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