The Travellers' Guide to Hell
Michael Pauls, author
This year, go where the rich and famous are going... Wrapped in the improbable guise of a parody guidebook, The Travellers’ Guide to Hell takes you to places you never dreamed you would see, and fairly rubs your nose in them. You’ll feel the heat and savour the sulfur as you’re dragged through the twisted hallucinations of cultures ranging from the Mesopotamians to the Alabamians. The Guide to Hell is profusely illustrated and packed with practical info: how to get there, what to pack, tips on dining (don’t!) and a guide to entertainment (where do you think all the good musicians end up?). The authors’ exhaustive researches reveal how the Devil got his tail, the secret meaning of the number 666, and the shocking infernal truth behind Santa Claus, Gilligan’s Island and the Seven Dwarves.
A witty and (appropriately) irreverent spoof on tourist guides, this Beelzebubian Baedeker tells intrepid vacationers everything they need to know about the hottest of all travel spots. It features chapters on how to research your trip (“Think of satanist groups as cultural embassies”), the best way to get there (indulge in the seven deadly sins), what to eat there (don’t!— remember Persephone?), and tips on day trips to Limbo (“a real must, has that neither-here-nor-thereish atmosphere”) and Purgatory (“a hot-and-bothered boot camp for the soul”). The tongue-in-cheekiness of their humor aside, Pauls and Facaros pack an impressive amount of data into their breezy commentary. Their conception of Hell’s topography, accommodations, and personnel is synthesized from Scripture; centuries of literature, mythology, and folklore; and the writings of popes, theologians, mystics, and visionaries. Funny, oddly informative, and illustrated with modified artistic renderings of Hell and its denizens, this book provides insights into our culture’s enduring fascination with a place where no one really wants to go. (BookLife)