Monday, July 15, 2019

The Wonderful Worlds of Hell Gate



As I mentioned last week, Hell Gate sees Daemon Grim journeying to Jahannam, the Arabic depiction of the afterlife where evildoers go to be punished. There, he meets the Al-Jinn, fierce warriors who make up the Blades of the Left-Hand Path.


Who and what they are exactly, you’ll discover as you read the story. I guarantee you’ll love the flavor these fiery creatures bring.

Before you do, I thought it would be a good idea to take a little look at what the Arabic concept of hell is all about. As you’ll see, it’s rather compelling, as punishment is meted out in accordance with the degree of evil one has done in life.

Suffering is both physical and spiritual and will vary according to the Gate a condemned person is sent to. Specifics vary, as not all Arabic or Muslim scholars agree whether hell is an eternal destination, or whether some – or even all – of the condemned will eventually be forgiven and allowed to enter paradise. So, here’s a simplified overview of the basic principles.
Jahannam (also referred to as al-Nar) The Fire, is divided into seven levels, or Gates. Listing them from the bottom up, you get:

Saqar

Ladthâa

Sá-eer (The Blaze)

Haawiyâh (The Abyss)

Hatamâh (That which breaks to pieces)

Jaheêm (Blazing Fire)

Al-nâr

Although there doesn’t seem to be a precise explanation of what each Gate incorporates, references are filled with indications of torture, fire and flames that crackle and roar, with fierce boiling waters, scorching wind and black smoke. Inhabitants sigh and wail. Their scorched skins are constantly changed for new ones so that they can taste their torments anew. They must drink festering water, and though death surrounds them on all sides, they cannot themselves die. They are linked together in chains 70 cubits long, and wear pitch for clothing and fire on their faces. Boiling water is poured over their heads, melting their insides as well as their skins. Hooks of iron drag anyone back who tries to escape.

Can you imagine such a place?

I certainly could, and used these basics as a foundation on which to build a fictional realm of suffering that would fit into the Heroes in Hell universe, and the results can be seen in Hell Gate.



I hope you enjoy how it’s turned out, as I expanded three of the Gates – Sá-eer, Haawiyâh and Hatamâh, to include some impressive sites and scenery.

Next week, we’ll take a closer look at two of those realms in particular, as they inspired me to create a couple of out of this world fantastical places that were a treasure – and pleasure – to play in while the story developed. You’ll see what I mean when I introduce you to the Gulf of Tears and the Hall of Shattered Dreams.


See you then.

Thursday, July 4, 2019


Hell Gate
And the Wonderful Worlds Within. . .


In this latest release involving Daemon Grim’s exploits, you’ll find him journeying to circles of hell he’s seldom experienced before. In particular, Hell Gate concentrates on Jahannam, the home of the mighty Al-Jinn, mythological, incendiary creatures of flame and shadow.

It’s from such legends that we get fabled stories such as The Arabian Nights; Sinbad; The Genie in the Lamp; Aladdin, and so on.

Of course, such stories have been watered down to feed the appetites of children or those hankering for a touch of mystery and adventure. There’s a romanticism involved with genies. After all, if you rub their lamps, they’ll grant you three wishes . . . won’t they?

Ah, in Hell Gate, we dig into the fiendish reality behind the myth and find out more of what Jahannam’s really about, and of course, the creatures populating it.



Starting next week and for the following several weeks, we’ll take a look at the Gates of Jahannam, what kind of souls are condemned there, and then we’ll go on to examine one or two of those Gates in more detail, and find out what inspired me to come up with some of the places you’ll read about.

See you then.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Hell Gate
Release Day


******

The Angel Grislington is dead, effaced from existence during an epic battle with Daemon Grim that destroyed a Zion forged blade and one of Satan’s premier palaces in the process.

Chopin and Tesla have gone to ground. So much so, that they might as well be six feet under helping to push up hell-daisies.

Even Erra and the Sibitti, his living weapons of vengeance and destruction, seem reticent to show their faces.

Rioting sweeps the length and breadth of the underworld. Yet the halls of the Mortuary lie vacant, for someone is stealing soul-essence, the very means by which Satan condemns sinners to everlasting torment.

But who would do such a thing? And how does the hush that descends upon the dirty streets of latterday hell tie into ancient prophecy relating to the Reaper’s destiny?

It’s often calmest before the storm.

Just imagine how bad things will get with the apocalypse approaching.



Monday, May 27, 2019

Hell Hounds


******

The writing is masterful.
Vine Voice

Weston delivers on this one with all the power of a brimstone-fueled pitchfork
Black Gate Fantasy

******

Feared throughout the many circles of the underworld, Satan’s Reaper – and chief bounty hunter – Daemon Grim, is known as a true force to be reckoned with.
Having eliminated a major player in the uprising eating its way like a cancer through the underbelly of hell, Grim is stunned to discover he cannot afford to rest on his laurels, for the rebellion runs far deeper than was ever imagined. New players have emerged – denizens with uncanny abilities – who seem determined to support Chopin and Tesla’s revolutionary agenda.

Ever keen to test their mettle, the Sibitti – personified weapons of the ancient Babylonian plague god, Erra – also appear eager to capitalize on the growing unrest, and set about maneuvering events in order to place themselves in direct opposition to Grim’s investigation.

And if that was not cause for concern enough, there’s an insane angel on the loose, a creature who seems as hell-bent on creating havoc as he is to return home.

How do Grim and his rabid pack of bounty hunters respond?

Baying for blood – doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Click the side link for more details

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hell Bound


******

A compelling and a fascinating venture into the world of unsequestered villainy. Highly inventive and enthralling.
Fanboy Comics

Hell Bound is an epic and fast-paced adventure which kept me reading to the last page.
Black Gate Fantasy

A unique take on hell, dark, edgy, and humorous.
Vine Voice

A unique and exciting novel.
Faire's Fair Book Reviews

******


In hell, none of the condemned believes they deserve to be there. And that’s fine, so long as they’re not foolish enough to try and do anything about it. For those that do, there’s always Satan’s Reaper–and chief bounty hunter–Daemon Grim.
Feared throughout the many layers of the underverse, no one in their right mind dares to cross him.

However, when Grim discovers that someone has attempted to evade injustice, and seems hell-bent on gaining access to ancient angelic artifacts proscribed since the time of the original rebellion in heaven, circumstances point to the fact they may be doing just that.
The question is...why?

Thus begins an investigation that leads Grim throughout the many contradictory and baffling levels of the underworld, where he unearths a conspiracy that is not only eating its way like a cancer through the highest echelons of Hellion society, but one which threatens the very stability of Satan’s rule.

As you can imagine, Grim’s response is bloody, brutal, and despicably wicked.
Hell Bound – In hell, everyone can hear you scream

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

It's Often Calmest Before the Storm


Fans of Daemon Grim will be pleased to learn that the latest chapter in the Reaper's journey is due for release on May 31st.

But what to expect in a tale filled with terror, trial and tribulation for the underworld's miserable miscreants?

Here's a clue:

The Angel Grislington is dead, effaced from existence during an epic battle with Daemon Grim that destroyed a Zion forged blade and one of Satan’s premier palaces in the process.

Chopin and Tesla have gone to ground. So much so, that they might as well be six feet under helping to push up hell-daisies.

Even Erra and the Sibitti, his living weapons of vengeance and destruction, seem reticent to show their faces.

Rioting sweeps the length and breadth of the underworld. Yet the halls of the Mortuary lie vacant, for someone is stealing soul-essence, the very means by which Satan condemns sinners to everlasting torment.

But who would dare such a thing? And how does the hush that descends upon the dirty streets of latterday hell tie into ancient prophecy relating to the Reaper’s destiny?

It’s often calmest before the storm.

Just imagine how bad things will get with the apocalypse approaching.

*************


Tempted?
Of course you are . . .
Here's the pre-release buy link:

(Go on - you know you want to make the Reaper happy)



Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Gates of Hell Are About to Open



Fans of Satan's Reaper of Souls, Daemon Grim will be pleased to learn of the forthcoming release of his latest exploits in:
Hell Gate

If you are one of the dark legion who have been following his despicable deeds within the Heroes in Hell Universe, then you'll want to stay tuned for further announcements 
THIS COMING WEEKEND
where the following details will be revealed:

The Cover

What you can expect in this action packed litany of mayhem and misadventure

Pre-Order link

All this and more - for the paltry price of your soul


Go on - add to the list
You know you want to. . .