From Hell with Love

The Forsaken Comedy

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
366 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2020
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Author Biography

Before he started working with Aeristic Press, Kevin Kauffmann was one of those kids that would create entire worlds and adventures for action figures and old Transformers. After grabbing a degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, he dove back into storytelling and the publishing world.

The Icarus Trilogy, a science fiction tale about futuristic gladiatorial warfare, was Kauffmann's first series, and he has since gone on to tell stories in many different genres. His Forsaken Comedy is a dark fantasy trilogy about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and his latest, Ouroboros, is an intense representation of hallucinogen use and self-destructive behaviors.

In addition, Kauffmann has released an episodic horror novel, the 616 Diaries, over social media and Inkitt, and the Misadventures of Rumpelstiltskin the Third, a series of interconnected fantasy short stories, over YouTube. He currently lives in Durham, NC with fellow writer Kasey Thornton, whose debut novel, Lord the One You Love is Sick, will be released in November, 2020.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

From Hell with Love (The Forsaken Comedy) by Kevin Kauffmann is an engrossing epic fantasy that showcases the author’s imagination. I was fascinated with Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, but this novel takes supernatural intrigue to a new level. The protagonist is Niccolo da Firenze who, after living a miserable life, finds himself condemned to hell. But to his utter surprise, hell turns out to be a comfortable home and a place far from what everyone, or almost everyone, thinks it is. Instead of the popular place of torment with eternal fire, he discovers that it is the one place he feels accepted and loved, and he rises up the ranks to become the Horseman of Pestilence. But when Cadmus, the Horseman of Death, reveals a vision of Lucifer’s death, Niccolo must ride to uncover a powerful conspiracy and save his lord.

A tale of a supernatural conspiracy involving ancient demons, vile men, and some gods. The story is highly imaginative and it poses a disturbing question: What if, after all, Lucifer isn’t what the Church has taught us to believe and what if hell is the invention of humans in order to control the masses. Kevin Kauffmann has written a story about a controversial topic and has challenged readers to question popular belief. The writing is gorgeous, filled with beautiful descriptions, and arresting imagery. From the opening pages, the reader encounters Lucifer, who turns out to be an interesting character. While From Hell with Love (The Forsaken Comedy) is pure fantasy, it is filled with realism and the author’s deft use of biblical allusions. The characters are strong and exceptional and it is interesting how an ordinary man transforms into one of the Horseman. I equally enjoyed how the author integrates the theme of the apocalypse into the writing.