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THE CHARLIE PARKER STORIES
Every Dead Thing
The Killing Kind
The White Road
The Reflecting Eye
(novella in the
The Black Angel
The Burning Soul
The Book of Lost Things
THE SAMUEL JOHNSON STORIES
(for young adults)
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Copyright © 2011 by John Connolly
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
The infernals : a novel / by John Connolly.
1. Hell—Fiction. 2. Good and evil—Fiction. I. Title.
ISBN 978-1-4516-4310-7 (ebook)
For Cameron and Alistair
In Which We Find Ourselves in Hell, but Only Temporarily, So It’s Not All Bad News
In Which We Learn a Little About How Hard It Is to Be in Love
In Which We Delve Deeper into the Bowels of Hell, Which Is One of Those Chapter Headings That Make Parents Worry About the Kind of Books Their Children Are Reading
In Which We Reacquaint Ourselves with Nurd, formerly “Nurd, The Scourge of Five Deities,” Which Was All Something of a Misunderstanding, Really
In Which We Encounter Mr. Merryweather’s Dwarfs—or Elves—and Rather Wish We Hadn’t
In Which Samuel Is Reunited with Boswell, and We Learn Why One Should Not Trust a Mirror
In Which We Pay a Visit to Mrs. Abernathy’s House. Which Is Nice. Not.
In Which We Wonder Just How Smart Really Smart People Sometimes Are
In Which Mr. Merryweather’s Elves Embark on a New Adventure
In Which Mr. Merryweather’s Dwarfs Make an Unpleasant Discovery
In Which Samuel Arrives, and Nurd Departs
In Which Dozy Is the Bearer of Bad News
In Which We Meet a Ram, and Some Old Friends Are Reunited
In Which the Forces of Law and Order Assert Themselves
In Which Something of the Nature of this World Is Revealed Through Old Ram
In Which Hell Gets Stranger, and the Scientists Grow More Curious
In Which the True Faces of the Conspirators Are Revealed, and an Ugly Bunch They Are Too
In Which Those Who Will Be of Help to Samuel Begin to Come Together
In Which We Encounter Some of the Other Unfortunate Residents of Hell
In Which We Meet the Blacksmith
In Which Nurd Considers Changing His Name to “Nurd, Unlucky in Numerous Dimensions”
In Which We Learn That There Is Always Hope, as Long as One Chooses Not to Abandon It
In Which Mrs. Abernathy Loses Her Temper, and We Meet Up Again with an Unpleasant Personage from Earlier in Our Tale
In Which We Speculate on What, If Anything, Might Be Worse Than Evil
In Which a Familiar Odor Sends the Dwarfs’ Spirits Soaring
In Which We Learn of the Difficulties in Re-creating the Taste of Something Truly Horrible
In Which We Hear a Surprising Confession
In Which Everything Goes Horribly Wrong
In Which Various August Personages Put Their Plans in Motion
In Which the Watcher Is Torn