In life, we are plagued by the uncertainty of an afterlife, and it is often expected that when we die, everything will suddenly make sense. But when a group of strangers, similar only in their time of death, find themselves in the afterlife, they are faced with more questions than ever before. Are they in Heaven or Hell? If they’re in Heaven, why is there a Nazi wandering around? Why are there no children? If they are in Hell, what universal law did they break? Is there a way to repent and move on to a better eternity? At least one man seems to have some answers. Marcus, a Roman dead for 2,000 years, gains the group’s trust by leading them through the perils of their new reality. But soon it becomes clear that Marcus is only telling them half the story.
L. A. Barnes is public librarian in the southern US. She is a Nerdist podcast listening, South Park loving, Twin Peaks conspiracy theorizing, Stephen King reading and Joss Whedon worshiping geek. The Pit is her first novel. She plans to explore the Watchmaker’s universe through four more novels.
LAUREN HAD HER LAST ORDERS. Then she could catch up with Marcus at the Camp. She’d already seen him, briefly, in the company of 20 naked camp guards. She didn’t bother asking why they were naked; she had a good guess.
Knowing Heinrich’s people would be hovering near the Pit for a while, Lauren steered clear of the place until the very last moment. Once the time was upon her, she walked down the narrow passageway and stood at the edge of the 12 o’clock stairs. Below her were 7,000 screaming, fighting, anguished souls she ignored. Instead of focusing on them, she took the handkerchief out of her pocket and sprinkled its contents on top of them. Then she turned and left. Ten steps away, she heard the blast announce the end of everything and everyone in the Pit—including the shards of Regan she’d just dropped in there.