Throughout the weekend of his brother’s funeral, a young man reflects on life. Torment is a crashing wave of emotion. Hunter explores the dynamics of growing up as a poor minority in a small town, facing mental health conditions that most communities would rather not name, even if they could. The story steps through the tangled web of coming-of-age identity crises, complicated by society and the environment around us. Navigating through grieving and rambunctious aunts and uncles, a role model sister he rarely sees, and the ever-mounting pressure of misfortune, the young man has a very important question to answer: What is worth living for?


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I love how this novella is broken up into short chapters with witty names that tie directly into the chapter. I feel that recent books never name their chapters anymore and I miss it. The author’s voice is so defined and relatable. You connect with the main character, without even knowing anything about him. From page one, he seems like a trustworthy narrator.  It’s almost as if joining him for this intimate personal journey forms a connection between the reader and the narrator. I enjoyed how real and raw this book is. There aren’t enough books that talk honestly about mental health and how losing a loved one affects you.

Rachel Quinn, Reader's Favorite (full review)




2016-17 Reader Views Literary Awards, Short Stories, Winner

5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards, Short Stories - Winner

10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards, Short Stories - Finalist

There is a solution to life's every problem, we need only to be a little more creative, a little more aware. Ten stories blur the line between reality and fantasy as protagonists struggle to come to terms with their rose-colored expectations for life and the current nightmares they face. What truly lies behind the magic door of our imaginations? Everything we've ever dreamed...or our worst fears?


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Ultimately they are all a study of the human condition – our faults and foibles, how they affect our behaviour and our decisions and the impact this has on others. Each story speaks to the reader’s ‘inner dreamer’: where the story ends, the imagination has to take over. I did find myself wondering about the fate of some of the characters after the story itself had ended, which is what should happen with a well-crafted short story. I should also mention here that each tale has its own character illustration at the outset, by artist Donahue Johnson, which brings them to life and lends a nice feel to the book.

- Sam Lacey, The Book Reviewers (full review)



When I read Hunter's book, I felt as if I were sitting on a porch somewhere listening to an older person tell me fables. Hunter is such a story teller. I recommend this book to a broad range of readers, young adult to adults, and parents can share the one story with their children. I give H.D. Hunter a standing ovation and five stars. Bravo, H.D. Hunter. Thank you for A Magic Door and A Lost Kingdom of Peace in which I got to know such wonderful new characters.

- Tara Bishop, Reader's Favorite (full review)



H. D. Hunter is a young writer with an old soul. His first book reflects not only amazing skill, but thoughts deep as the ocean and wise as the oldest man alive. If I must mention favorites I will choose ‘Southern District,’ ‘Hatari Forest,’ And ‘Gridlock,’ not because I think the other ones are any less, but because these brought back an old aspect of myself that was long lost and buried within. When a young writer can do this to a well-read, traveled, older lady from a totally different background, and who happens to be an author and editor, you know this young writer has immeasurable skill, intellect, and heart. 

 - Susan Violante, Reader Views (full review)