I read a story like 15 years ago (I was very young, maybe too young for this story). I can remember very few things about it but I want to find it because there are still a couple things about the story that stay with me and I still sometimes think about.
The first thing I remember is that someone comes to get the main character from our world and convinces them to come back to this other world with him/her. I think the main character needs to save a family member maybe a brother. They get to this other world by just driving a car until they run out of gas then walking and poof they are in the other world.
The second thing I remember is that the person that needs to be saved was being tortured but with a twist. The person was kept in a dungeon of some kind (maybe a tower) and once a year the powers that be came and did terrible things to them. The one I really remember was that they blinded him/her. But this person for whatever reason could heal from this torture and regain their sight throughout the year between tortures.
Now that I think about it, I believe the person being tortured was the prince and he was overthrown. Maybe they are keeping him alive to sign a confession or something.
I hope this all makes sense and someone can help me find this lost story. THANKS!
Note: I'm not even sure if it's a book/short story/story in a mag.