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Sometimes life brings out the worst in a person, but Adolf Zakerny was born for evil. After a life of torment and murder, all in the name of Hell, it’s time for Zakerny to take his place amongst the demons. Will the blood he spilled appease the charismatic Lord of Hell, or will Zakerny’s Pride come to a fall? ‘Pride’ is the first of seven short stories in the ‘Even Hell HaSometimes life brings out the worst in a person, but Adolf Zakerny was born for evil. After a life of torment and murder, all in the name of Hell, it’s time for Zakerny to take his place amongst the demons. Will the blood he spilled appease the charismatic Lord of Hell, or will Zakerny’s Pride come to a fall? ‘Pride’ is the first of seven short stories in the ‘Even Hell Has Standards’ series, where Chantal Noordeloos takes the reader through the darker side of human nature, and it’s road to redemption. This is Hell as you’ve never seen it before....

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ISBN : 9789491864070
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Number of Pages : 30 Pages
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Even Hell Has Standards: Pride Reviews

  • Andrew Lennon
    2019-05-28 11:51

    When I first started reading this story I wasn't too sure that I was going to enjoy it. I'm not a big fan of the whole biblical thing.The writing itself however won me over very quickly.It drew me in. I begin to despise the main character, his cockiness annoyed me.I enjoyed this short story. It's very different to anything I've read before.You should check it out.All reviews can be found at

  • Frank Errington
    2019-06-01 14:51

    About a year ago I won a copy of Angel Manor (Lucifer Falls Book 1), a wickedly enjoyable ghost story. (Check out my review here http://frankmichaelserrington.blogspo...) Since that time I've been Facebook friends with the author, Chantal Noordeloos, and have frequently found her posts to be charming, witty, enlightening, and entertaining. Recently, her publisher sent me a copy of a new novella she has coming out called, Even Hell Has Standards: Wrath. Since this is the second in a series, I went out and bought a copy of the first book, Even Hell Has Standards: Pride.The story is about serial killer, Adolf Zacherny, who dies in a shoot-out with authorities and wakes up, naked, in Hell. This was his end-game. With all the torment and suffering he caused in life he really believes he'll have similar role in Hell. Actually, things don't work out as planned.Set any preconceived notions you may have of Hell aside and allow the author to paint the landscape for you. I found Chantal Noodeloos world-building to be quite plausible, even if it's not the fire and brimstone many of us are accustomed to.I found this original horror story to be both entertaining and worthy of a sequel. As a result, I'm looking forward to returning to Hell when I read Even Hell Has Standards: Wrath in the near future.Even Hell Has Standards: Pride is available from Tip My Hat Publishing as an e-book.A quick read, one I can easily recommend .Chantal Noordeloos lives in the Netherlands, where she spends her time with her wacky, supportive husband, and outrageously cunning daughter, who is growing up to be a supervillain.There are many genres that Chantal likes to explore in her writing. Currently Sci-fi Steampunk is one of her favourites, but her 'go to' genre will always be horror. "It helps being scared of everything; that gives me plenty of inspiration," she says.

  • Stuart Keane
    2019-06-23 12:16

    Some sub-genres of horror I tend to avoid. It doesn't mean I won't read them at all, it just means I have to be in the right mood to engage. Occult horror is one of these - it's very hit and miss. Some authors are comfortable with it, some not so much. However, one of the best things about being a reader is finding an author who filters their love and respect for the genre into their prose and creates a story to remember. Step forward Chantal Noordeloos. First, the plot. Adolf Zakerny is a twisted fellow, one of the most infamous serial killers on the the planet. When he is killed in a gunfight, he awakens in hell. Perfect. You see, Zakerny has planned this his entire life. Now in hell, his ideal home, he wants to work for Lucifer. However, things aren't that he is about to find out.This is my first time reading this author - but certainly not the last. The style of the prose (which is gloriously imaginative, rich in colour and vividly descriptive) is unique. I've read a lot of novellas in my time, but this one has shot to into the top five. As I was reading, not one word seemed out of place. When describing hell - which is a task in itself - she didn't put a foot wrong. Throughout the story I could picture every location, setting, situation, and character. A lot of people might be put off by the details, but Noordeloos applies it in such a way it soothes you, letting you ride the words and enjoy the story without overloading your brain. This is no easy feat and pushed the story to a five-star rating after only thirty percent of the story was done. Impressive. And what a story. Playing the cards close to her chest, the author unleashes the graphic details of Zakerny's reign of terror over a period of time. We know the guy has performed some unspeakable acts, but they are only revealed in small nibbles of information. The story builds to the meeting with Lucifer himself, which is when his true evil is revealed. This is where Zakerny, cocky and arrogant, meets his intellectual and evil superior. It's a brilliant game of cat and mouse as Zakerny tries to explain himself and prove his worth. Lucifer is having none of it and this instantly creates a memorable battle of wits and one-upmanship. Some people warn us to never meet our idols, huh? This Lucifer is about the politics, not the fire and brimstone, and veers the novella into imaginative and original territory. Lucifer is a grand, spectacular character. Resembling a chiselled hunk, with blonde locks and perfect features, you could mistake his image for being a riff on every day life. Vanity, ego, and pride - the biggest undertones as hinted by the title - are constantly in play here and spur the story on. A great scene has Zakerny entering several rooms, all of which conceal tortured souls, and brushing them off as 'amateur'. It's this underlying smug arrogance that ultimately brings about the finale, but it's one that is a joy to read. It's also a scene that reveals just how evil the author can be, with snippets of the darker side in humanity on stark, disturbing display. If this was a full novel, who knows how macabre this could have been.5 stars? Absolutely. Dark, twisted, undeniably fun and uniquely constructed, EHHS: Pride is a phenomenal read. Anyone who enjoys their horror smart and mesmerising, with fantastic Gothic dialogue and a hint of Gaiman, this is for you. As I mentioned above, only few authors can nail this genre and Noordeloos has done that in spades. Not since Clive Barker have I seen an author command this sub-genre so perfectly. Brilliant job!

  • David Church
    2019-05-30 14:50

    Chantal has a talent to tell a story like no other, she has quickly sucked me into her fan base. Definitely one of my favorite new authors. If you haven't read anything by her yet, you are truly missing out!

  • Victoria
    2019-06-05 12:53

    I came across this short story through an ad on Facebook and I’m so glad that I took a chance on it! I’ve never read a book about Hell before.I was utterly entranced by the plot line of a person who is sent to Hell and comes face to face with the devil. I really had no idea what to expect from it as I had never read any of her previous work before, but the story was very well-written and evocative.This story is nowhere near what I thought it would be. I expected the typical version of Hell that we are all used to hearing about, but this world that Chantal created was gripping and thought-provoking.I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything for you all, but I highly recommend it if you are looking for a short story that is completely different from anything you’ve ever read before!

  • John
    2019-06-06 18:48

    Presents an interesting concept of Satan and hell.

  • Matt Hickman
    2019-06-11 16:01

    This was the first delve into this particular author's work as I wanted to reduce the backlog of reading material I had before adding to it.I started with Pride as it was a fairly short book and i wanted to get a flavour for her style of writing and perspective. Adolf Zakerny has been a bad bad man in life. He is a serial killer of children nicknamed the baby butcher. Although he didn't quite get to his target figure of a 1000. He certainly did enough to guarantee himself a place in hell.This is where things get interesting in the story, as Chantal takes us through a potentially different look and set of circumstances that everyone believes to be Hell. Adolf believes his evil and depravity in life will secure him a place in service of Lucifer in Hell. Sure he is evil, but Lucifer is not as he seems. The upshot being that Adolf must make the ultimate decision between retribution and his own Hell. Will he choose wisely?This is a great book. I really enjoyed the writing. It was descriptive and dark, and the story was a good mixture of scary, quirky and disturbing. I will be checking our more of Chantal's work.

  • Graeme Reynolds
    2019-06-07 19:17

    The notorious serial killer, Adolf Zakerny has fallen, and the world breathes a sigh of relief. However this was Zakerny's plan from the start. He hopes that his trail of slaughter will elevate him to the highest ranks of hell's soldiers. However hell may not be quite as he imagines it to be.The first in a series of shorts from Chantal Noordeloos, Pride takes the reader on a harrowing and thoughtful view of the afterlife. The story is intelligent and well paced, while the characters are well rounded, especially Lucifer who is the most complex and subtle personality in the story. Where Pride really excels though, are in its incredibly visual and disturbing descriptions of hell and the tormented souls within it. Ms Noordeloos paints vivid pictures with words with such detail that every scene springs to life.This is a fantastic start to a new series, and I eagerly await the next instalment.

  • Matthew
    2019-06-02 12:15

    Many years ago I was an inquisitive teenager. I had grown up with a partial religious background but only to the extent of my parents watching hymn singing on the tv on a Sunday. But I was aware of Christianity and the basics. As I got older and more well read I had harder questions to answer and eventually I made acquaintances with a man who would eventually be a Pastor. He was the one I'd give the countless conundrums to. One such question that never did get answered was that what happens to a man who gets off on v things evil,on inflicting and receiving endless pain and torment?Chantal answers this question for me and made me glued to this fantastic story to such an extent I swear I never blinked once! This was truly awesome and I can't wait to experience whatever other wonders she will show me!

  • Glenn Rolfe
    2019-06-02 14:15

    Welcome to Hell. What did you expect? I loved this tale. Chantal Noordeloos gives us a glimpse into the underworld that may not be what we thought. When a serial killer finally gets what he wanted–his own special place in Hell. Lucifer welcomes him into a different version of the brimstone and fire he so desperately craves, but the Butcher of Babies soon discovers his pride may not be the key to dark pleasures he thought it was. Noordeloos does a nice job of taking your hand and leading you into the dark. A great quick read for an unbeatable price.

  • Leigh Lane
    2019-05-31 12:59

    I received a free advance copy of this story in exchange for my honest review. I thought Noordeloos did a very good job offering a nice twist on an old trope, both delving into the mind of a serial killer and creating an image of hell that is as disturbing as it is just. The language is vivid and visual, and the story unfolds at a satisfying pace. I recommend "Pride" to fans of classic horror and strange fiction.

  • Kit Power
    2019-05-31 12:01

    Noordeloos continues to impress. With this short horror tale, she explores the concepts of hell, damnation and punishment from an unusual angle, and brings her unique, unflinching imagination to bare. There is some really powerful imagery here, and a compelling protagonist. This is a well written journey, with some lovely characterisations and some really compelling concepts. I look forward to seeing what Hell has in store for us next...

  • Tamara
    2019-05-27 11:51

    What a take on pride ... and choices ... An excellent and highly recommended little read!

  • David Watson
    2019-06-09 18:50

    Even Hell Has Standards: Pride by Chantal Noordeloos is a great story. Adolf Zakerny is one evil man. He has lived his life as a tribute to hell. He is a serial killer who has killed and tortured hundreds of people and he believes that one day he will go to Hell and become a demon because he was so good at making people suffer.Finally one day he is gunned down by police, his only regret is that he didn’t make it to 1,000 murders. As he arrives in Hell he finds that things aren’t what he thought they would be. He leaves one body and enters a new one which isn’t as good as the one he had. Also there is no fire and brimstone, just darkness and people waiting in long lines for their punishment. Adolf doesn’t get the hero’s welcome he thought he was going to get, he’s just another soul waiting to learn his fate in Hell. Adolf doesn’t think of himself as the average soul and demands to see Lucifer. Adolf is determined to make a name for himself as one of the greatest demons in Hell but Lucifer is not the person Adolf thinks he is and the devil has other plans for his soul.I’ve read various works by Chantal Noordeloos, she is a great writer and this is another story by her that I couldn’t put down. This story works as a psychological horror story, a disturbing shockfest and a philosophical tale on how to live life. In some horror stories that I’ve read, the author tries hard to shock and terrify the reader but Chantal doesn’t have to try to shock you. The horror in her stories is organic. Chantal’s writing is scary without her even trying to be scary.It’s hard to talk about my favorite parts of this book without giving to much of the story away but one part I did like was when Adolf gets to take a tour of Hell. In one of the rooms he sees Tantalus. Tantalus is a Greek mythological figure who is being punished for feeding his child to the gods. When Adolf sees him he tries to prove himself to Lucifer by making Tantalus suffer more. This ends up being an impossible task and not for the reason you might think.Another thing I liked about this book was how complex of a character Lucifer was. Lucifer also has a servant who is hardly in the story but comes across as being a sympathetic character when you realize who he was talking about when Adolf sees him for the first time. I also love the way he looks at Adolf as he leaves Lucifer’s chamber. At this point I would love to talk about the main theme that Chantal brings up in this story but I can’t without ruining this novella. So I’m just going to say that Even Hell Has Standards: Pride is only 99 cents and you should really go buy a copy.

  • Vix
    2019-06-18 17:56

    So I originally read this as a short story, it has since been updated, lengthened and some serious eeew moments added.Adolf Zakerny is a notorious serial killer, he has no set Modis Operandi he merely seeks to inflict as much pain as possible, and he is a master of his work, giving tribute to his Lord of Lies.Eventually the time comes when he feels ready to share his true calling and nature with Hell, and as he plummets to his death, you may think the book has started at the wrong end of the story. However, Chantel Nordeloos excruciatingly makes us witness his rebirth, cell to sinew, bone to muscle. Every little nuance of tension is explained, like reading in slow motion with HiDef.The road to Hell ala CN is a revolting sounding one, and he witnesses things that make you feel sick to your stomach with expectant glee. It is soon his turn, as Adolf’s sins are “weighed” and a punishment is suggested, he looks forward to meeting his new boss, but soon becomes confused when he steps into a scene from Perfect Houses.CN has certainly done her homework on Demons and mythology. Demons loiter around Lucifer’s mansion house and she does a brilliant interpretation of making it seem like a normal work place on a regular day.Adolf is invited to sample Hell and he enters the Redemption Labyrinth and finally finds some of the bliss he seeks. No over the top gore description is required as CN taps into the true horrors of torture and the internal removal of hope, to make your goosebumps rise and the hairs on your neck tingle.After much discussion and some feather preening (did you see the title?) Lucifer has a room suited exactly for Adolf’s needs.CN is such an eloquent author, not a word is out of place or written down without thought, this line alone really made me think; "their own preconception of sin, often most find it most difficult to forgive themselves ".An enjoyable, yet icky, read with some thought provoking issues and images. I do hope that CN is going to expand on this a little….7 deadly sins and all that!

  • Jonathan Woodrow
    2019-06-05 17:57

    'Even Hell Has Standards: Pride' took me by surprise. First of all, it's really quite short, and I was able to read it in one go without being called upon to help out with some miscellaneous household chore. But mostly, I found it to be less of a conventional work of short fiction, and more of a parable. The only human character is a serial killer named Adolf Zakerny, who, upon arriving in Hell, is taken on an eye-opening tour. I kept turning the pages out of nothing more than curiosity, as I had no vested interest in this character, nor did I care one bit about his fate (except for maybe a desire to see him suffer). There was really nothing at stake here, and very little suspense, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it's rather well suited to the structure of a parable. The ideas are genuinely fascinating, and offer a thought-provoking perspective on the nature of punishment, and what it means to atone for one's sins (and for whom one is actually atoning). The author has clearly pondered this philosophical notion with great care. The descriptions are vivid, and the different settings are all perfectly realized in clear, yet sparing prose. The story worked for me, and although it took relatively little time to read, its message will stay with me for much, much longer.I understand that this is the first of seven short stories, and I can only assume there will be one for each deadly sin. I would be interested to read the author's take on the other six, and will keep an eye out for the next instalment.

  • Scott Weaver
    2019-05-30 18:57

    I love it when I read a story by an author I've never read and they blow me away. There are too many things to list about this story that impressed me, and I don't want to spoil anything so I'll keep this short. Her take on hell and Satan was different from anything I'd read before, so that was super cool. Her descriptions of the scenery had my brain cells popping like firecrackers! Her description of the sky in the beginning was enough reason within itself to buy the story. That visual is still bouncing around in my head. One scene in particular is truly heartbreaking in the most horrific way, which was an excellent lesson in writing that I take to heart for my own work. This is a top notch story that should be read by all fans of horror, and this is an author that should be followed by those who dig this genre as well as anything else she writes. She is officially on my short list of authors to always read.

  • Mya
    2019-05-26 16:54

    I have a thing for tales of comeuppance and being a recovering Catholic I don't mind a bit of religious observation and contemplation regarding sin and redemption. Ms. Noordeloos who has an exquisite writing style pulled me into the boisterous pride of a serial killer who for all intents and purposes takes so much stock in his ability to cause suffering that he dares to face even Lucifer himself without humility. His beliefs as well as the readers are swiftly challenged however as Ms. Noordeloos turns the very concept of Hell as well as its master against convention and the result is a morality tale to rival Chaucer. While short in length, this first book in the "Even Hell Has Standards" series will definitely stick with you long after you've finished it as well as leave you eager for the next installments of Sloth, Wrath, Lust, Envy, Greed and Gluttony...perhaps....

  • Stefana Bisschop-schouten
    2019-06-20 11:58

    Woow! What a great book is this! I already read the short version but this one is even better. A whole other and new view for hell. I loved it and when I started with reading on my computer to check if it was allright, it was over before I could put it on my e-reader. Can't wait for the second part!

  • Shoulanda August
    2019-06-20 12:08

    WowA odd but likable short tale of human pride. Who ever thought of the Prince of Lies being the most faithful. This book drew me in and opened my mind to other possibilities I wouldn't have considered. To think we as a society punish ourselves more than the devil ever could. Anything is possible!!!!!!!!

  • Shaun Meeks
    2019-05-27 19:16

    Religious horror is one of those tricky subjects. It's easy to offend some readers or go straight for cliches, but Chantal instead manages to make an original, compelling and creepy story. The characters in this aren't just compelling, but are fleshed out so well and interesting it made it a pleasure to read. This is another hit for Chantal Noordeloos.

  • Bibi
    2019-05-30 13:48

    Horror isn't even my genre, but boy-oh-boy this story is well written. It was impossible to put down. I love the use of language and the way things visualized before my eyes. Nice, very nice.