Littered with concepts that are contradictory to the traditional view, "Welcome to Purgatory" is a clever and unusual story that turns our accepted perception of Heaven and Hell on its head - not all in Heaven is good and not all in Hell is bad. Super-sexy Lucifer, Lord of the Lower Domain (Hell) and Purgatory (neutral ground), is by no means perfect, but his heart is in the right place and he will never turn his back on those that care for him. He finds himself in a desperate struggle to stop his mother destroying everything in her quest to punish him for not toeing her line. His mother is Gaia, First Lady of the Upper Domain (Heaven), who is an unstable megalomaniac determined to control her husband and sons, punishing them severely if they rebel. The story keeps moving throughout and new characters are introduced and developed in such a way that the reader never feels overwhelmed by the number of interwoven threads within the plot. Cornish uses references to well-known fictional films and puts a new spin on Biblical events, making Welcome to Purgatory delightfully different and deliciously wicked.
Val Cornish was born in Yorkshire and wrote her first short story when she was about eleven, and anyone who knows her would say she hasn't really stopped since. Among her hobbies she would list drawing, sketching and painting, writing (of course), and, when time allows, reading. Her taste in reading material is pretty eclectic - books by J.R.R.Tolkein, Dean Koontz, Dan Brown, Melanie Rawn, Anne Rice, Guy Gavriel Kay and Laurell K. Hamilton are among those on her bookshelf. Her taste in music is likewise varied, from old favourites such as The Doors, Nirvana and Black Sabbath to HIM and Cradle of Filth, perhaps in some way explaining a fondness for elves, vampires and the battle between 'heaven' and 'hell' which often predominate her stories.