Damnation for Beginners

Damnation for Beginners

Illustration By Ian McQue

Dust jacket by Ian McQue

Interior Illustrations by Bob Eggleton

In his 2006 novel, Scar Night, Alan Campbell introduced readers to an intricate, richly imagined fantasy world, the world of the Deepgate Codex. In subsequent novels and novellas (Iron Angel, Lye Street), Campbell broadened and deepened his ongoing portrait of that astonishing milieu. With Damnation for Beginners, he gives us the most compelling—and surprising—installment to date.

The story begins in the beleaguered city of Cog. The protagonist, Jack Aviso, is himself a cog, a functionary in the soulless, profit-obsessed enterprise known as the Henry Sill Banking Corporation. When a routinely corrupt business transaction shatters both his marriage and his well-ordered life, Jack finds himself—quite literally—in Hell, where he embarks on a perilous, unprecedented journey of revenge.

Moving from the urban desolation of Cog City to the surreal landscape of a marvelously described Hell – a region unlike anything ever encountered in contemporary fiction – Damnation for Beginners is an utterly unique creation, one that combines the baroque pleasures of a powerful imagination with a cogent critique of an all too familiar society dominated by rampant, runaway greed. The result is a strange, wonderful, and terrifying tale, the work of a master storyteller with a wholly original point of view.

Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover copies
Limited: 250 signed numbered copies, bound in leather
Lettered: 26 signed copies, bound in leather, housed in a custom tray case

From Publishers Weekly (Starred Review):
"Complemented by Bob Eggleton's eerie pen-and-ink illustrations, Campbell's vivid description of Hell is nothing short of brilliant: towering structures made of souls creeping across the infernal surface, a labyrinth of blood red canals and crumbling ziggurats. Longtime fans of Campbell's Deepgate Codex (Scar Night, etc.) will cherish this dark little gem of a story; others will find it an excellent place to start."

From San Francisco Book Review:
"This is another beautifully produced novella from Subterranean Press, full of nice internal illustrations from Bob Eggleton. If your taste runs to faintly satirical fantasy that highlights the greed driving the excesses of our current banking sector, this is for you."

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Ian McQue
Alan Campbell
128 pages
United States
Out of Print