Hell Is In Me

A Boy. A Girl. A Neglected Cemetery. A Psychotic Dead Man.

One family's deception and another family's mercy.

A love that transcends time and space.




HELL IS IN ME            

A Boy. A Girl. A Neglected Cemetery. A Psychotic Dead Man. One family's deception and another family's mercy. A love that transcends time and space.


Quinn Vanderfield hates his life. His mother died in his arms, his father is a work-obsessed alcoholic, and the school bullies torment him. Adding to his problems, Quinn can see and converse with the restless dead, an ability he has always hidden. Considering the living more trouble than the dead, he leads a solitary existence—finding transient joy in old movie musicals, Big Band and jazz music, and restoring the historic cemetery owned by his family.


Everything changes when Stephanie moves in nearby. She befriends him, challenging his self-imposed isolation, and requesting his assistance in solving the decades-old murder of one of her ancestors. And when the psychotic ghost of the suspected killer appears, coercively procuring his help, Quinn must decide if his sanity—and his life—are worth it. 

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From Author Joel R. Dennstedt:

Upon first glance, one assumes that Hell Is In Me by Colleen A. Parkinson is a supernatural thriller. Okay, it is. But it is so much more nuanced than what you would expect from such a facile expectation. First, it is significantly more literary than much of what passes for this genre in today’s general market. Sometimes, even more than King. Second, this remarkable book meticulously avoids clichés, requiring the reader to reassess even hellish creatures for their motivations. And third, it does not rely on the myriad of unbelievable plot twists common in so many books today. No, this is writing at its finest. With complex, believable characters developed by an author who understands the natural contradictions, inconsistencies, and inevitable compulsions held by real people in this world. And all of this makes Ms. Parkinson’s supernatural thriller a literary accomplishment worth savoring.


Colleen A. Parkinson presents the reader with several interesting, engaging, highly-nuanced individuals in Hell Is In Me. Again, no clichés here. Quinn may be a young man who sees dead people, especially when restoring a long-forgotten cemetery. Stephanie may be his exuberant but socially distant girlfriend. Caleb may be a mystery, but likable. And Jake may be a demon or disenchanted ghost. None of this, however, will tell you who they really are. Instead, Ms. Parkinson performs her task by exquisitely revealing them to each other over the course of a truly wonderful story, masterfully told. Again, this is a book to savor, not to devour piggishly in greedy gulps. Unless, of course, like me, you simply cannot stop reading until its perfect end.