透過The Penguin Book of Hell，你將搭上冥界之神Hades的渡船，渡過有黃泉之稱的Acheron河；和十二世紀一個愛爾蘭和尚所描述的惡魔見面，它是一隻擁有千隻巨手的怪物；到但丁《神曲》中的煉獄走一遭，在這裡生前所犯的罪會被審判，九大罪行將在此接受嚴酷的刑罰；參加英國維多利亞執政時期，關於死後世界的爭論。
西方對於地獄的觀念從古老的史料中就可以看到，透過眾多的宗教詩歌、傳說故事、文學作品、聖人故事等，The Penguin Book of Hell將人類對於地獄的看法沿革重新整理，也在此說明，地獄黑暗的力量一直以來沒有離開人類的生活中。
From the Hebrew Bible's shadowy realm of Sheol to twenty-first-century visions of Hell on earth, The Penguin Book of Hell takes us through three thousand years of eternal damnation. Along the way, you'll take a ferry ride with Aeneas to Hades, across the river Acheron; meet the Devil as imagined by a twelfth-century Irish monk--a monster with a thousand giant hands; wander the nine circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno, in which gluttons, liars, heretics, murderers, and hypocrites are made to endure crime-appropriate torture; and witness the debates that raged in Victorian England when new scientific advances cast doubt on the idea of an eternal hereafter. Drawing upon religious poetry, epics, theological treatises, stories of miracles, and accounts of saints' lives, this fascinating volume of hellscapes illuminates how Hell has long haunted us, in both life and death.