Whose dreams of hell are more interesting, politicians or popes? The reader may discover the answer to that question and more in this imaginative interpretation of an afterlife. If you are curious about the opinions of Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Marilyn Monroe, or Saint Thomas Aquinas, there are plenty of those as well.
Mike Corbett has spent his fortunate life in the company of stimulating people in extraordinary situations. Along with Laughter of the Damned (a satirical sendup of heaven and hell) and Mr. Nachron’s List (a blend of romance, history and science fiction), he has written tactical books on poker and backgammon. Corbett is fascinated by the wavering border between reality and fantasy and he is a master of the transition from observation to interpretation.
Raised in Fort Lauderdale, Mike Corbett graduated from Rollins College and Crummer Graduate School of Business in Winter Park, Florida. He established an international reputation during decades of high-level game competition in addition to providing entertaining lectures and contributions to periodicals on game theory.
Imagination has few limitations. Reality has many. Everyone who dares to move from one to the other crosses a different bridge. We are compelled to admire the durability of hope.
Laughter of the Damned
Rehab is a perfect analogy for purgatory. Pain and suffering would be dominant, but even with the coaxing of chittering therapists, and the balm of Gospel floggers, deliverance may be possible. Would a self-respecting addict, given the choice, willingly submit to a term of ferocious cleansing, or would he just say “the hell with it” and leap into the inferno? If the freedom to choose could be extended beyond mortality, perhaps this spiritually barren segment of the population could be given one more chance. Heaven may seem initially dreary, but you probably can’t score a dime bag in hell either.