I'm having a really hard time remembering the name of a book that I read last summer about aliens that had psychic abilities on this one planet. A crew either crash landed on said planet, or were banished there, or something like that.
The whole basis of the book was that the aliens were persuading the humans to dunk themselves in a pool of muck and they would then be basically possessed by aliens who had passed, recieving psychic powers in the process.
They were trying to do this to gain enough psychic energy to become "risen" or basically become gods, but then the humans realized that it would destroy the universe if they succeeded.
I know the title has the word Hell at the beginning of the word. "Hell*****" (which also happened to be the nickname of the planet).
Hopefully I gave a good enough description for you guys to help me out.