Chapter 21 – Salvation at the Rim of Hell

by Christopher Gronlund on February 19, 2011

Wow, the last chapter of Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors!

The O’Briens finally make it to the Grand Canyon, where they have the final showdown with the Inferno.

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Thank you to everybody who’s listened to the end — it means so much to me.

The podcast is done, but it will still remain online…in its entirety. If you’ve enjoyed Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors, tell your friends they can listen from the start here are roadtripfromhell.com. If you subscribe through iTunes, please consider leaving a starred rating or writing a review.

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I hope you enjoy the last chapter of Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors. Thank you for coming along for the ride.

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Chapter 20 – Yes, It’s True–Satan Owns My Father’s Soul

by Christopher Gronlund on February 13, 2011

I can’t believe we’re already at the second-to-last chapter of Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors!

Like a good road trip, once the planning was done, it kept rolling along. We’re almost to the Grand Canyon and the end of the story.

This week, James finds out all he he gave up when he signed the contract to buy The Inferno.

Next week: It’s all over!

Thanks for coming along this far. If you’ve enjoyed the trip, please tell your friends about roadtripfromhell.com. Just because the podcast is done doesn’t mean it’s going away: it will be online — in its entirety — for people to listen to. So please spread the word!

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Chapter 19 – The Church of the Holy Visage

February 5, 2011
A possessed Chihuahua.

In an old church along Route 666, The O’Briens face off against the sinister force that has possessed Lucky. *          *          * It’s hard to believe Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors is almost done! Next week, James finds out where he went wrong when signing for the Inferno and the week after that, all […]

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Chapter 18 – Of Half-Buried Cadillacs and Fully Possessed Chihuahuas

February 1, 2011
Cadillac Ranch (by Christopher Gronlund)

This week, the O’Briens begin the day in the Texas Panhandle, at Cadillac Ranch. After a stop in New Mexico to look at rattlesnakes, Lucky’s true nature is revealed. *          *          * It’s hard to believe Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors will be coming to an end on February 20! If you’ve been enjoying […]

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Chapter 17 – A Visit From Bubba

January 25, 2011
A black bear

Mary’s worst fears are realized during a stop at a campground in Texas. *          *          * Sorry this chapter went up late — listen to the commentary if you’re interested why it took a couple extra days.

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Chapter 16 – The Patron Saint of Bingo

January 16, 2011
Neon bingo sign.

With only $5 to their name, the O’Briens hit a bingo hall in the hope that Mary can turn $5 into something more. *          *          * Since this is a short chapter, be sure to keep listening after the end credits for a short story called “Gutterball.” “Gutterball” is a short story about a bulldog […]

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Chapter 15 – The Writing on the Wall

January 9, 2011
A Stuckey's sign.

Is Lucky alive or dead? What happens when the O’Briens make a stop at Stuckey’s? And more important: what happens after the Stuckey’s stop? *          *          * Giveaway Results! The results are in! While my wife and I visited my mom on her birthday today (Elvis’s birthday would have been on January 8, too!), we […]

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Chapter 14 – Clyde McAllister’s Gator Village and Civil War Memorial

January 3, 2011
A Civil War amputation kit.

The O’Briens visit Clyde McAllister’s Gator Village and Civil War Memorial, where something really bad happens to Lucky. *          *          * Facebook Page There’s now a Facebook page for Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors at facebook.com/roadtripfromhell. It’s a great place to keep up with podcast news and other things I have planned for the […]

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Troy Paiva’s Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration

December 27, 2010
A deserted truck.

I stumbled upon Troy Paiva’s Lost America website in 1998 and instantly fell in love with his photography. Not only was Troy out on the road taking photos…he was taking night photos of all the places time has forgotten; the kinds of places I’ve loved all my life. Troy gives life to things long dead […]

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Chapter 13 – Swelling Itching Brain

December 26, 2010
An MRI scan of a brain.

When Michael’s put in charge of caring for Lucky, things go very wrong and Mary becomes very angry! Fortunately, there’s a moment of peace between the morning mayhem and arriving at Clyde McAllister’s Gator Village and Civil War Memorial. *          *          * Giveaway Reminder — LAST WEEK!!! In honor of the holidays, I’m giving away […]

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A Los Straitjackets Christmas!

December 24, 2010
Los Straitjackets

Because nothing says Christmas like Mexican wrestling masks and surf music, here are a few tunes by Los Straitjackets to put you in a festive mood. Really, what’s not to love about Los Straitjackets? They have a reputation for being really nice guys, they’re snappy dressers, good musicians, and come on — look at those […]

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Chapter 12 – Midnight Run

December 19, 2010
An outhouse.

Michael wakes up to something moving outside the tent, and the Inferno gets Michael alone… *          *          * Giveaway Reminder In honor of the holidays, I’m giving away a signed copy of Troy Paiva’s awesome book, Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration (affiliate link), 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before […]

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Chapter 11 – Graceland

December 11, 2010
A singing Elvis doll.

Lucky launches his most blatant attack against Michael yet, and the O’Briens visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland. There, Mary’s life is changed forever. *          *          * Giveaway Reminder In honor of the holidays, I’m giving away a signed copy of Troy Paiva’s awesome book, Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration (affiliate link), 1,000 Places to […]

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Elvis is Everywhere!

December 8, 2010
A shrine to Elvis Presley.

Today I’m recording one of my favorite chapters in Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors. In the next chapter (available late Saturday/early Sunday), the O’Briens visit Graceland. It’s an experience that changes Mary’s life forever. In honor of this week’s chapter, a reminder that Elvis is everywhere by Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper: Elvis shrine […]

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Chapter 10 – Lost Deep Down in the Belly of the Earth

December 5, 2010
Inside a cave.

Lucky taunts Michael again, and the twins go missing inside Mammoth Cave. When all’s back to normal, the O’Brien’s belch and fight around the campfire. *          *          * Giveaway In honor of the holidays, I’m giving away a signed copy of Troy Paiva’s awesome book, Night Vision: The Art of Urban Exploration (affiliate link), 1,000 […]

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Chapter 9 – Big Dick’s Breakfast Revival

November 28, 2010
Bacon and egg on toast.

The owners of the campground invite the O’Briens to breakfast, where a creepy prayer and an amorous Lucky send Michael to the bathroom for an escape from the madness. There, Michael finds something beneath the sink that makes him wish he stayed at the table. *           *           * 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:00:08 – Theme Music […]

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Mid-Week Surf Music

November 24, 2010
Volume knob on an electric guitar.

Much of the United States is experiencing an arctic blast and preparing for the mad rush of Thanksgiving. What better way to come in from the cold and relax than listening to some surf music? So grab a beer or cocktail and pretend you’re someplace warm, ’cause here we go! Pirato Ketchup – “Surf Sourire” […]

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Chapter 8 – A Breath of Fresh Air

November 21, 2010
A shattered window.

A stop at a campsite results in Mary and Margie fighting over June’s ashes. After Michael tells James about Lucky’s possession, the Inferno launches its most vicious attack against Michael yet. *           *           * It’s a short chapter this week, mainly because there’s more dialog than usual. Also, a warning to people listening while driving […]

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Chapter 7 – Ring of Fire

November 19, 2010
Swirling flames.

Back on the road, the Inferno shows its true nature, Lucky’s transformation takes another wicked turn, and Michael becomes a firefighter. *           *           * 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:00:08 – Theme Music (by Pirato Ketchup) 00:00:55 – Commentary 00:01:14 – Computer Problems 00:02:04 – Last Week Recap 00:02:28 – Chapter 7: “Ring of Fire” 00:04:26 – […]

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Chapter 6 – Fried Squirrels and “Buttermilk”

November 7, 2010
A group of coal miners.

When the O’Briens stop in the hills of West Virginia to pick up Aunt Margie, James spends time with Michael’s uncle, Otis, while Michael is forced to hang out with his creepy cousin, Daryl. It’s an up-close look at the crooked branch of Michael’s family tree. *           *           * 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:00:08 – Theme […]

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Chapter 5 – The Genetic Puddle from Whence I Crawled

October 30, 2010
A run-down building in Cairo, Illinois.

As the O’Briens pull into Aunt Margie’s driveway and Michael gets his first glimpse of her house, he thinks about his family history and where it all went wrong. *           *           * 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:00:08 – Theme Music (by Pirato Ketchup) 00:00:55 – Commentary 00:01:03 – Welcome New Listeners! 00:01:15 – Belgium’s Pirato Ketchup […]

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Welcome, Belgium!

October 28, 2010
Thumbnail image for Welcome, Belgium!

To all the new visitors visiting roadtripfromhell.com from Belgium: if my high school French allowed me to say more than just “Je m’appele Christophe. Je suis américain. J’habite au Texas,” or had I picked up more Flemish from the foreign exchange student from Belgium in my school 23 years ago, I’d give you all a […]

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Chapter 4 – St. Christopher vs. The Dead Cow

October 24, 2010
A floating soap bubble.

Finally on the road, the O’Briens’ trip to pick up Aunt Margie in West Virginia begins with an argument. Things only go downhill from there. In spite of Michael’s attempts to have some fun on the trip, Michael faces attacks by Lucky, Olivia and Elvis, and even The Inferno. And that’s all before Mary forces […]

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Chapter 3 – When I Dream, I Dream of Hell

October 16, 2010
Paisano Pete Image by Christopher Gronlund

The morning the O’Brien’s get ready to leave for their road trip to the Grand Canyon, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. The dysfunctional family pulls out of the driveway in angry silence shortly after their station wagon, The Inferno, gives its first hint that something about the car isn’t quite right. *           […]

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Pirato Ketchup – Escape from Tridion

October 13, 2010
Pirato Ketchup

When I started the Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors podcast, I knew I wanted the opening theme to be surf music. But not just any old surf music — I wanted something with a lot of energy, something that made me think of a big, possessed station wagon flying down the highway out of […]

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Chapter 2 – The Big Orange Hole in the Ground My Grandmother Loved So Dearly

October 10, 2010
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Michael ponders what strange force has kept his parents together, while James and Michael’s mother, Mary, strike a series of deals regarding The Inferno and Mary’s pet Chihuahua, Lucky. Also witness the opening moves in the ongoing mental chess match that Michael plays with his evil younger siblings, Elvis and Olivia. *           *           * [Explicit […]

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Chapter 1 – Into the Inferno

October 3, 2010
Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors icon.

When Michael O’Brien’s father, James, buys a new car just in time for the family vacation, he signs away more than his old ’74 Gremlin as a trade in. Please leave a comment below, or go to the Contact page and leave a message. 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:00:08 – Theme music (by Pirato Ketchup) 00:00:54 […]

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Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors

October 1, 2010
My Samson C03U USB Condenser Microphone.

What Are You Doing? I’m currently kicking the tires and filling up the tank for the Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors podcast. What the Hell is Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors? Hell Comes With Wood Paneled Doors is the first novel I ever wrote, a humorous coming-of-age story about a family traveling cross […]

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