Just before he's about to enter a seminary, a young man learns he's the winner of Lucifer's Lottery, a lottery held every 666 years, in which the winner receives eternal youth and wealth and a personal tour of Hell.
Theology student Hudson receives the unexpected news that he has won Satan's lottery and is one of only 11 winners in human history since Lucifer's expulsion from heaven. He stands to gain not only $6 million in his mortal lifetime but also an eternity as a member of hell's most privileged elite. To help him decide whether to accept his prize, the soul of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft conducts Hudson on a guided tour of hell, a horrific vision that surpasses that of Dante's Inferno in its gruesome carnage. In the meantime, hell's engineers are at work on top-secret projects that have an impact on Earth's integrity, while a rebel contingent fights for God to bring about hell's overthrow. The latest work by the cofounder of the splatterpunk movement and author of Portrait of the Psychopath as a Young Woman continues to push the boundaries of graphic horror with his tale of temptation and moral quandaries. VERDICT Not for the squeamish or the easily offended, this is visceral and sexually explicit horror fantasy perfectly suited for fans of the genre. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.