Book Review – The Hell Next Door – By Mark McLaughlin

Issue #161 * Blog #40 – 2020 * Read Time: 4 minutes * Section: Book Reviews – Indie Authors

Genre: Horror – Subcategories: Occult, Dark Fantasy

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

ThunderHorse Publishing Awards The Hell Next Door by Mark McLaughlin 3.25 Stars out of 5

The Hell Next Door is a Recommended ThunderHorse Publishing read.

The Hell Next Door was reviewed by the following associates of Joseph E Clay Dot Com the parent company of ThunderHorse Publishing and Spotlighting the Indie Author. The Star Ratings are added then averaged. That average is the number of Stars Awarded.

  • Nina Turnipseed – 3.0 Stars out of 5
  • Christy Warren – 3.75 Stars out of 5
  • Joan Clay – 3.0 Stars out of 5
  • Joseph Clay – 3.25 Stars out of 5

The podcast, Spotlighting the Indie Author features an in-depth review of The Hell Next Door.


The Hell Next Door was independently published on July 20, 2020 and is available in eBook and Paperback formats. Prices on Amazon ranges from $2.99 for the eBook and $12.95 for the paperback. Of course if you are an Amazon Prime Member or have a Kindle Unlimited Membership those prices will differ.

The Blurb Of The Hell Next Door

Blurb as Written on the Back of the Book

Miles Cooper is surprised when the workers in three moving vans drop off expensive furniture at the empty house across the lane. One item is a huge black door with a beautiful face carved on one side and the image of a skull on the other. He befriends the new residents of the house, a younger man and his three aunts, all of whom share a bizarre secret. So begins an adventure that crosses dimensions, taking Miles to Hell and back. He learns the shocking truth about what really happens to human souls in the Afterlife, and discovers that Heaven, Hell, and the human world are all threaten with destruction. To save those he loves, he must work with both angles and demons to defeat a rampaging, ravenous evil.

Blurb as Written on Amazon

Miles Cooper is surprised when the workers in three moving vans drop off expensive furniture at the empty house across the lane. One item is a huge black door with a beautiful face carved on one side and the image of a skull on the other. So begins an adventure that takes Miles to Hell and back.

In the Hell dimension, Miles encounters the legendary demons Asmodeus, Pazuzu, and Lilith, and learns what really happens to the souls of the dead. He befriends the angel Paxton and the demon Berath, and realizes that relationships in the Afterlife can be just as complex as those in the mortal world.

A demonic scheme backfires and before long, Heaven, Hell, and the human world are threatened with destruction. To save those he loves, Miles must work with his new friends to defeat a rampaging, merciless evil, more powerful and destructive than any demon in Hell.

The Hell Next Door is available in eBook and Paperback. Use the link below to purchase your copy today!


The Hell Next Door contains all the elements of any great horror tale. Suspense along with Thrills and Chills. Another element of great horror tale, the mad scientist. Although he is not classified as a mad scientist one of Lilith sons conducts an experiment with a leaf and an angel. The aftermath puts the demons Asmodeus, Pazuzu, and Lilith in the fight of their lives along with the Angels and Humans who work in hell with them. Can Miles, a Human and Paxton along with his aunts, all Minor Angel save the ones they love along with the Afterlife and Earth.

I liked the characters and they were welled developed and unique. I use demons in several of my books and have done extensive research on them, especially the ones tied to the seven deadly sins. The demons in this book are were well depicted, there appearance right on. Lilith is in a class of her own and the author portrayed her well.

Joseph Clay – Host of Spotlighting the Indie Author

The story-line of The Hell Next Door I liked as it was unique and had a surprise twist of whom the antagonist really is.I liked the characters and they were well thought out. The interchange between the minor angels and humans was excellent. The interactions between the demons and the rest of the characters were realistic and at time humorous.

Nina Turnipseed – Co-Host of Spotlighting the Indie Author

About Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin is a Bram Stoker Award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and more.

The Hell Next Door is not his first book.Mark’s latest releases are the huge story collection, The Weird World of Mark McLaughlin Mega pack, Human Doll a novel, which is a tale of suspense set in the entertainment industry and the Cthulhu Mythos horror novel, Injectables.

He is also the author of many works in the literary tradition of H.P. Lovecraft. Story collections in this vein, co-written by Michael Sheehan, Jr, include The Prisoner of Carcosa, City of Living Shadows, The House of the Ocelot, and Horrors & Abominations. He is also the author of many solo collections, including Empress of the Living Dead, Best Little Witch – House in Arkham and Hideous Faces, Beautiful Skulls.

You can Connect with Mark McLaughlin using the links below.


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