Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers on January 6, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max’s choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food—and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high.
With the help of Lore, a former goth girl who knows a thing or two about the dark side, Max is racing against the clock to get rid of the houseguest from hell before time, and all the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos this side of the fiery abyss, run out.
What Surprised Me Most While Writing Hellhole
by Gina Damico
One thing that surprised me while writing HELLHOLE was the moral ambiguity that popped up everywhere, and how an otherwise good, decent kid started to rationalize all of the horrible things he was doing. I mean, I was writing a book about dealing with the devil, so obviously I knew that there would be some questionable decisions that the characters would be forced to make, but I when I first started writing it, I wasn’t really prepared to come up against so many heartwrenching decisions that I would be forced to make on behalf of my characters.
See, Max is in a pickle. His mom is very sick, and so he ends up stealing a gift for her. It’s an inexpensive trinket, really—not a big deal at all, but it’s still enough to summon a devil. And somehow, amidst the panic caused by summoning a satanic being, Max realizes that there’s a way to work this to his advantage: if he finds the devil somewhere to live, the devil will cure his mother.
So right away, there’s a big conflict. And over the course of the book, Max ends up doing some pretty awful things…but all in the name of saving his mother. And even though I knew these things were intrinsically awful, I often found myself thinking, “Well, yeah, but if he’s doing it for the right reasons…”
I guess it was the slippery-slope-ness of it all. If I were somehow put into this situation—okay, maybe not one in which I was forced to make a deal with a devil, but some other ethical quandary—how would I react? What decisions would I make? How much is too much?
And would I get away with it?
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