These Hellish Happenings

These Hellish Happenings In , Hapless Vampire Jack Bentley Made A Pact With The Devil In Order To Escape A Vampire Hunt Dealing With Satan Seemed Better Than Your Standard Angry Mob At The Time But Three Centuries Later, Satan Is Ready To Collect His Dues, Whether The Vampire Likes It Or Not He S Taking Jack Down To Hell, And He S Even Got A Job Picked Out For Him Down Below An Eternal Position At The Registration Office Of The Damned Jack Attempts To Adjust To Life On The Administrative Level Of Hell Where Fire And Brimstone Have Been Replaced By Board Meetings And The Occasional Broken Copier But The Whiny Complaints Of The Recently Deceased Are The Least Of His Problems Try Adding To The Equation A Dead Ex Lover, A Dangerous Attraction To His High Ranking Demon Companion, Alexander Ridner, And The Sticky And Distorted Anti Vampire Politics Of A Hell That Is Surprisingly Like Our Own World

Jennifer Rainey is a sometimes writer, sometimes folk singer from beautiful central Ohio When she s not busy writing, you can probably find her perusing antique malls or watching classic horror films.To keep an eye on what she s up to, please check out

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 378 pages
  • These Hellish Happenings
  • Jennifer Rainey
  • English
  • 23 August 2017

10 thoughts on “These Hellish Happenings

  1. says:

    If you think vampire literature is limited to gory stories of the ruthless undead and sweeping tales of sultry temptresses and their buff but sensitive and oh so mysterious male counterparts, then you ve certainly never taken a gander at These Hellish Happenings.As a fan of comedy, the supernatural, and anything that combines the two which is a mix that is sadly difficult to come across , I approached the book with high hopes and Satan knows I wasn t disappointed Jack Bentley s story is not that of your average vampire it s of a humorous documentation of the hardships that come with being a bloodsucker in the real world and in the Underworld These Hellish Happenings is pleasantly quick paced with a sharp wit and a deliciously cynical sense of humor that leave you wondering if you should feel sympathy for Jack s plight, or just laugh at it.I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in humor involving the supernatural, politics, or supernatural politics as it so happens, human rights, or just a refreshing new take on literature s vampire that replaces sparkles with bad luck and a taste for The Ramones When it comes down to it, These Hellish Happenings is just one hell of a good read.

  2. says:

    The book is an exciting and fresh take on your typical vampire, hell, demon shtick Rainey has assembled an impressive cast of characters and has set about dilligently creating an interesting world for them to live in.Where others would go for romance and bodice ripping, this book takes a lighter approach Much of the book is slightly reminiscent Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy The hero fights through the spectacular world of hell only to find that it has all the mundane features of our own life rigid corporate practices, grass root politicking, and annoying co workers The book is a bit slow in some points and misses some opportunity to hit some comedic grandslamsbut where it falters slightly Alex Ridner is there to pick it up He is the life of this novel s party For me the character of Alex Ridner made the book One of the things I m hoping Jennifer will explain is how the main character could be alive for three hundreds years and have no other marketable skills than being able to work in retail But there will be a Book Two I m guessing, and this will than likely have Alex Ridner And that s good enough for me.

  3. says:

    Jack is supposedly a 600 y o vampire, but he acts like a lazy 15 y o teenager He sold his soul to the devil in exchange for 300 years of not having to drink blood.This story starts off very, very, very slowly, mostly because Jack is the most boring vampire on the face of the planet I thought once he got dragged to hell that the story would pick up, but it doesn t In this universe Hell is a Bureaucratic Nightmare Which is just as boring as it sounds Watch Jack as he goes to work from 9 5 in the pits of hell, with evenings and weekends off Watch Jack get involved in Demon politics and go door to door handing out fliers Watch Jack be an annoying little twit Seriously, I didn t like any of these characters, at all I had to force myself to finish so I could write this review At several points I was rooting for the other team in the hopes that something interesting would happen Does it No, not really.

  4. says:

    I have honestly not been so pleasantly surprised by a book in quite some time I expected a funny vampire story and that s really about all What I got was an intensely amusing, quirky story that I had a very difficult time putting down This isn t your typical vampire story, not by a long shot Jack is an unlikely hero, and that somehow just makes me love him He has a delightfully dry sense of humor and the voice he brings to this story is wonderful He s just a guy, trying to make his way through his un life when the minions of Hell come to collect him after his deal with the Devil elapses.If you re on the fence about this one, don t be It s very different, and wildly entertaining.

  5. says:

    Take one dismal, music loving vampire with a contract to sell his soul to the devil and what do you have Funny, unique, and a jolly good read.Don t worry Jack the vampire isn t sparkly, and can be downright annoying When he s hauled off to hell when his contract expires, he doesn t find pools of lava or other annoyingly trite hellish happenings Instead, he just might find true love.Very enjoyable read.

  6. says:

    Very original, clever, and all around a fun read.

  7. says:

    4.5 stars A helluva fun read Jack the Vampire makes a deal with devil to escape a vampire hunt Three hundred years later it is time to pay the piper After a feeble and unsuccessful escape attempt he is whisked down to Hell to spend his eternity as an office worker in the Administrative level of Hell registering the newly dead Jack finds Hell isn t quite what he imagined He will be punching a clock for the rest of eternity and is required to live in employee housing There are company picnics and a healthy dose of politics and prejudice to rival that on Earth He soon finds himself at the heart of a political movement of which he has no interest He just wants to stay out of the employee housing and make his eternity in Hell as bearable as possible But things don t always work out as planned Much to Jack s chagrin, it looks like he is going to have to get gasp involved And maybe in ways than one.Some random thoughts Jack really wasn t much of a vampire He was several hundred years old and drank blood out of a bottle at the beginning of the story but other than that I didn t get much of a vampire vibe from him He has no super strength, no ability to glamour, there is no biting, and barely a fang to be seen He is also definitely of the beta male variety I would like to have seen of his vampire nature If there were not frequent references to him being a vampire in the story I would have forgotten that he was one On the other hand he was British and funny A very likable character even though he wasn t a very vampire ish character When he first gets to Hell and is being oriented to his new eternity, the story plodded along a bit but it was an interesting plodding if that makes any sense , as he was introduced to his life in Hell Things pick up later as the story and conflict develop I really enjoyed the sense of humor in this book and it gave me quite a few chuckles There is a m m relationship in this story that may take some readers by surprise The description hints at it but doesn t really come out and say it, and some reviews hint around it but don t really say it either I mention it because some readers will likely take issue with it and will feel blindsided when it occurs and if you don t like this kind of relationship then you may be better off skipping this book Personally, I loved it I saw hints of it coming as the story unfolded and was squeeful when something finally happened The relationship wasn t portrayed in an explicit or graphic way and in fact it was actually kind of sweet They make a delightful and humorous odd couple and I was happy for them and that made me happy as a reader I actually wished it was explored but that s the romance reader in me talking I realize this isn t a romance book so I m content with what I got Oh, there s a scene with a talking cat that was another pleasant surprise for me and earns extra brownie points I thought this story was a well written and smooth read that gave me much enjoyment The characters were likable and the humor suited me I was engaged in the story I rooted for the good guys and booed the bad guys After I finished it, I kept picking up my ereader with thoughts of sinking into the story again only to quickly realize that I had finished it already Crap Though there was no major cliffhanger at the end I did feel that there was an opening left for a continuing story After checking around the interwebs, it does look like another book is in the works and I ll definitely be keeping my eye out for it I wish I knew what the word count is for this book but I can t find it anywhere The print version is 376 pages, but it sure didn t feel that long Technically 4.5 stars but rounding up to 5 stars since I m leaning closer to that direction than the other

  8. says:

    Read review on my website In These Hellish Happenings, we follow vampire slash music collector Jack Bentley, as he is reminded of a bargain he striked with the Devil himself about three centuries ago Although three centuries is a long time, even for a practically immortal vampire, the Devil never forgets anything Jack is brought down to hell, where he begins his new job as registrar at The Registration Office of The Damned There, he is forced to write down the names of the recently deceased, and tell them where to go next Although his new job proves to be extremely boring, there are some quircks about it For instance, Jack gets to live with a demon called Alexander, who is basically Satan s second in command Without counting Belzebub in, that is He gets to meet new friends, learns that life in the pit isn t all that different from life on earth as here too his species is discriminated against, and he might just start the revolution that will change Hell forever Mix all of that with some dark humor, and you ve basically got what These Hellish Happenings is all about.Jack Bentley makes an interesting protagonist Whether or not he s evil, isn t even debated throughout the novel, as basically everyone who ends up in hell has stepped over some line once or twice in their lifes He is an interesting character, with a two sided personality we think vampires bad, but what we see from Jack he turns out to be a rather okay fellow in that department, since he drinks bottled blood at a bar, for instance , with an undeniable and highly enjoyable sense of humor, and a mind that s not too stubborn or stupid to demand change When he s thrown into Hell as a matter of speech the place below is on the verge of a revolution, with two parties battling each other The one party wants to make demons rule in hell, and demote all other species to low level jobs, like for instance, Cerberus shit cleaning duty The other party battles for equality between the species, and they soon see in Jack a possible leading man for their ideals and opinions This brings Jack in a rollercoaster of events, all of them equally original and hilarious.Who could have imagined any of the things Jennifer Rainey brings in this novel Hell divided in offices, and every demon, vampire or poor soul sent to the bottomless pit, with a job of their own A hellish environment with politicians like it s not enough that they make life a living hell already , parties, struggles, elections, possible promotions, and an 8 till 6 working schedule It s safe to conclude that Jennifer Rainey s take on hell, her world building in particular, is both very original and very impressive Jennifer Rainey basically gives us our view of modern day society, our politics, our human rights actions and our work ethics, and presents them to us agaisnt the facade of Hell There are brave political statements touched in this novel, which make it all the interesting.And not only does the author provide us with an authentic, original view on Hell and the Underworld, she also has an entirely new take on vampires, as they are usually portrayed in literature, and on demons Jack Bentley is anything but an ordinary familiar looking vampire, and Alexander, his demon roommate, is anything but the demons we are used to Humorous, original, with an impressive storyline and fantastic characters These Hellish Happenings is an excellent read, not only for its originality and marvellous characterization, but for its impressive writing style and enjoyable humour as well If you like fantasy, and even if you don t, you should just try this book It s a rare jewel in the fantasy genre.These Hellish Happenings is the first book in a series, and I cannot wait to read the sequel.

  9. says:

    About the Book In 1707, Jack Bently made a pact with the devil so that he could survive a vampire hunt Three hundred years later, the devil has come to collect his due So what is in store for Mr Bently in Hell An eternity of working at the Registration Office of the Damned Now, not only does Jack have to deal with such tedious repetition for an eternity, but there is also a discrimination against supernatural types in Hell such as werewolves and vampires So Jack tries to survive Hell as best as he can which causes him to obtain some demonic allies and to become wrapped up in office politics of the Hellish variety Review I picked up this book, because it seemed like it would be a witty and original tale Although I did not think it was the best book ever written, it was quite an original piece It was nice to see vampires that weren t all about sex and Hell wasn t just fire and brimstone The main reason I didn t give this book stars was mostly because of the characters I could not stand most of them, to be honest I found them to be flat and a bit too generic Jack especially grated me I could not believe that he was a centuries old vampire from the way he acted He just reminded me of some punk teenager such as listening to punk music which is the only good music, according to Jack and trying to get drunk all the time Now, I could see why he may put up that type of character for humans, but he acts the same way among other vampires I also could see him liking some modern music, but not a single ounce of his habits, customs, or personality hinted at his original era Also, any of the wit that comes from the characters mostly Alex and Jack is idiotic, and the villain is just as stupid Then, the villain is evil, because he just happens to want to stay on top of the work chain The author had to make him pathetic, of course, by making him greasy and cheesy and no one likes him It just seems like the author tried too hard to make you dislike him However, for what seems to be a first published work, it could have been much much worse The other thing I strongly disliked is that Jack got off too easily Seriously, he ends up in Hell, and he ends up not having to live in the Employment Housing, the shift he works is just like every day life you get to go home and get weekends off, Jack gets a really rare job for vampires, and then Satan himself ends up going easy on Jack Even though we are supposed to feel that his life is horrible, Jack has so gotten the large slice of the pie.I have to admit I did not see the main relationship coming mainly because Jack was poorly written , and it was sweet and pretty, and the reading was quick paced and made the book fairly enjoyable All in all, it was a good plot and with some better editing and defined characters, it could have really been something This author definitely has some potential.

  10. says:

    So when you re a vampire you would think that Hell needs to make a deal with you to get you on their team, apparently they do That s where Jack has found himself On the verge of death the real, final final death, Mr Vampire is offered up a deal we ll save you, give you 300 years of guaranteed life, but then you re coming with us With nothing to lose and plenty to gain like those 300 years, he says sure.Thing is, for a vampire, 300 years just fly by Yes, even when you re the kind of vampire who works at horrible customer service retail jobs You cannot hide from demons, so yeah, time s up.But hey, the good news, such as it is Jack gets to work at a desk, checking the good err not so good new residents of hell However, despite hell being better than he d expected, there s still politics at play Vampires, for example, are not as well liked as say humans The housing situation is not very promising You risk running into old lovers You might have to check someone claiming to be Jesus or a lot of them And you might fall for a demon or two.This is a very different Vampy tale than you re used to In fact, it d be easy to forget that Jack is a vampire were it not for people well demons protesting his existence or getting myths and facts all mixed up.It s also not quite the Hell or Satan that you re used to Okay it s a little warm and not very pleasant, but it s not that bad You might wish you had an A C unit and worked a little less and sure you d like to live in the right part of town, but eh, you might have had some worse times when you lived And hey there s always the picnic.Really the only really negatives here are The ending felt rushed Making deals with creatures like vamps seems a little silly, aren t they kind of already on your side after their first or twentieth kill, Mr Demon Convenient plot points for this story, sure, but they just make no sense.Why the attacks on vamps but not others It s not really explored while being such a big storyline.The character of Lucy seems just a convenient plot device as well Really Lucius obsessed with just her for that long The cheery office lady Really Convenient Still, overall, a unique and fun story.

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