Sunday, October 14, 2018

Live. Die. Repeat.
That's What Hell's All About!


The fine folk over at Black Gate Fantasy have been kind enough to post an extended excerpt from the next Daemon Grim adventure: Hell Gate.

You can read it by clicking on the link below:


While you're there, why not familiarize yourself with the rest of Daemon Grim's exploits, as well as those of his fellow denizens who share the Heroes in Hell universe.

You know it makes no sense whatsoever. But nightmares are guaranteed.

Sleep well. . .


Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Hot off the Coals!

Lovers in Hell




Fans of the Heroes in Hell universe will be pleased to hear the wait is finally over. The next installment of your favorite damned anthology series is here!
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Only fools fall in love, and hell is filled with fools. Our damned lovers include: Christopher Marlowe and Will Shakespeare, Napoleon and Wellington, Orpheus and Eurydice, Hatshepsut and Senenmut, Abelard and Heloise, Helen and Penelope, Saint Teresa and Satan's Reaper, Madge Kendall and the Elephant Man, and more . . . all of whom pay a hellish price for indulging their affections.


Shakespeare said "To be wise and love exceeds man's might," and in Lovers in Hell, the damned in hell exceed all bounds as they search for their true loves, punish the perfidious, and avoid getting caught up in Satan's snares. In ten stories of misery and madness, hell's most loveless seek to slake the thirst that can never be quenched, and find true love amid the lies of ages.


Yes, at last your reading heaven is a place in hell with this book by your side...
Love will never hit you where it hurts so hard!

(Featuring The Devil’s Trull. Satan’s Reaper discovers all’s unfair in love and war, especially where a fallen saint is involved . . . AND . . . An excerpt from Hell Gate, Grim’s forthcoming novel-length adventure)

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Hell Hounds


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.

Hell Hounds

Their bite is so much worse than their bark

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hell Bound



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.

How does Daemon Grim Respond?

Rest assured. It’ll be bloody, brutal, and despicably wicked.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hell Hounds
"Black Gate Fantasy" Review


I'm sure fans of Daemon Grim and his slavering pack of Hell Hounds would love to see what one of the most widely read fantasy magazines in the world have to say about the Reaper's latest adventure?

Well, now you can...


My favorite byline?
"Weston delivers on this one with all the power of a brimstone-fueled pitchfork!"
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And remember, if you want to find out what Black Gate thought about the very first full length novel featuring Satan's top bounty hunter,  Hell Bound, you can find out . . . 
Here:

Like what you see?
Then you know what to do...

The links are in the side bar.

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Why not stop by one of the most critically acclaimed fantasy sites in existence and see what else might take your fancy? There's something there for everyone.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Hell Hounds – Meet the Pack
(Part IV)



I hope fans of Daemon Grim have been enjoying his latest adventure in the action packed sequel to Hell Bound - Hell Hounds.

It’s been fun helping you understand what makes his personal band of bounty hunters tick. And this week is no different. Although we’ve come to the end of our journey – this time around – some might say I’ve saved the best for last.

Why?

Well, our little dip samples conclude with the first ever woman to meet the physically demanding and mentally challenging standards to become a Hell Hound.

Who is she?
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Say hello to the new pack puppy
Charlotte Corday
(aka – The Lady Gemini)

Marie-Anne Charlotte de Corday d’Armont – known simply as Charlotte Corday – was born in 1768 to a minor French aristocratic family. Born at the time of political unrest and patriotic zeal, she got caught up in the fervor of the Revolution and paid dearly for it when she was executed by guillotine when only twenty-four years old for the murder of Jacobin leader, Jean-Paul Marat – a person whom history calls the instigator of the radicalized course undertaken by the insurgents during the initial stages of the revolution.
(Marat was responsible for the political purge of the prisons. He believed France languished under the threat of invasion, and that those held in custody would rise up on their release and fight against the people. So he ordered them slain.
That led to a split amongst the factions, and especially those who were against such an aggressive stance.
Although a minor group, the Girondins played a leading role in the legislative assembly and promoted a more tempered course through which to engender nationalism. As such, Marat singled them out in particular.
Unfortunately for him, Charlotte sympathized with the Girondin movement, and became so concerned by Marat’s witch-hunt against his own people that she took it upon herself to visit his home on the pretext of providing valuable information regarding a supposed Girondin uprising. Once alone, she stabbed him whilst he was in the bath.
So sensationalized by politicking did her trial become that Charlotte became known as: “l’ange de l’assassinat,” – The Assassins Angel – and apt description of what was to follow following her execution by guillotine.

After arriving in hell, Charlotte went through the inevitable period of trauma and maladjustment. Like most of the condemned, she couldn’t believe her “righteous” act had resulted in damnation and an eternity of judgment. Her outrage led to a number of ill-advised run-ins with injustice. Sadly for her, she ended up pissing the wrong people off and Satan ordered the Undertaker to permanently disfigure her as an incentive to shut up and switch on.


And switch on she did. For once she resigned herself to her lot, Charlotte made the nature of her infinite punishment the subject of a whole new vocation. After changing her name to reflect the character of her deformity, she set about acquiring the expertise that would put Charlotte Corday—aka the Lady Gemini—on the map as one of the underworld’s most accomplished assassins.
So accomplished, in fact, that she drew the attention of Daemon Grim.
And the rest – as they say – is history…

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How does Gemini take to her new role?

How does the rest of the pack take to her?

What augmentations is she granted on becoming the first woman to ever don the mantle,
Hell Hound?

Find out for yourselves in the novel that does what it says on the label:


HELL HOUNDS

Friday, November 24, 2017

Hell Hounds – Meet the Pack
(Part III)



By now, quite a few of you will have enjoyed the latest adventure to befall Daemon Grim and his pack of infernal bounty hunters – the Hell Hounds.

To increase your enjoyment in a way that helps you understand the mindset behind each main character, I’ve been giving you a little rundown on those individuals making up the Pack – as it’s unlovingly called by the denizens of hell.

This week should be fun, because I’ll introduce you to one of the basest, most disturbingly twisted, foulmouthed people who have ever lived. And that was before he wound up in hell.

Who am I talking about?

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Meet Yamato Takeru’s pack partner
Champ Ferguson


Ferguson was born in Clinton County, Kentucky, on the Tennessee border, an area known as the Kentucky Highlands where people owned few slaves. The oldest of 10 children, Champ initially followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a farmer.
Sometime in the 1850’s, Ferguson moved with his wife and family to the Calfkiller River Valley in White County, Tennessee. On the outside, he appeared to be an ordinary guy. However, there was something about him that earned a reputation for violence even before the American Civil War began.
(In 1858, he led a group of men who tied Sheriff James Read of Fentress County, Tennessee to a tree. Ferguson rode his horse in circles around the tree, hacking at Read repeatedly with a sword until he was dead. He also allegedly stabbed a man named Evans at a camp meeting, though Evans survived.)
That sadistic streak was given a new lease of life during the Civil War.
Let’s set the scene:
East Tennessee – a mostly mountainous region – was generally and, in many areas, strongly opposed to secession from the Union. The remainder of the state, which had more slaveholders, particularly in the plantation areas of West Tennessee, supported the Confederacy.
This historical division made East Tennessee a target for unofficial engagements by both sides. In addition, Confederate troops were committed to run-ins with local partisans, which took place far from the front.
From 1862, Tennessee was occupied by Union troops, which contributed greatly to tension and division. The mountainous terrain and lack of law enforcement during the war gave guerrillas and other irregular military groups significant freedom of action. Numerous incidents were recorded of guerrilla and revenge attacks, especially on the Cumberland Plateau. Families were often divided among their members. (For example, one of Champ Ferguson's brothers fought as a member of the Union's 1st Kentucky Cavalry and was killed in action).
Early in the war, Ferguson organized a guerrilla company and began attacking any civilians he believed supported the Union. And that was the problem, for many local feuds were carried out in occupied Tennessee under the guise of war.
Champ’s men cooperated with Confederate military units led by Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and Major General Joseph Wheeler, and evidence suggests that Morgan commissioned Ferguson as a captain of partisan rangers.
Ferguson's men, however, were seldom subject to military discipline and often violated the normal rules of warfare. Following their captain’s lead, led them along a dark path and stories circulated about Ferguson's alleged sadism, including tales that he on occasion would decapitate his prisoners and make a sport of rolling their heads down hillsides.
It was said he was also willing to kill elderly, wounded and bedridden men.


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At the war's end, Ferguson disbanded his unit and returned home to his farm. As soon as the Union troops learned of his return, they arrested him and took him to Nashville, where he was tried by a military court for 53 murders.
Ferguson's trial attracted national attention and soon became a major media event. One of Ferguson's main adversaries on the Union side, "Tinker Dave" Beatty, testified against him. Just as Ferguson had led a band of guerrillas against any real or suspected unionists, Beatty had led his own band of guerrillas against any real or suspected confederates. Not surprisingly each had done his best to kill the other. Ferguson acknowledged his band had killed many of the victims named and said he had killed over 100 men himself, insisting this conduct was simply part of his duty as a soldier. To no avail.
On October 10, 1865, Ferguson was found guilty and sentenced to hang. He made a statement in response to the verdict:
“I am yet and will die a Rebel … I killed a good many men, of course, but I never killed a man who I did not know was seeking my life. … I had always heard that the Federals would not take me prisoner, but would shoot me down wherever they found me. That is what made me kill more than I otherwise would have done. I repeat that I die a Rebel out and out, and my last request is that my body be removed to White County, Tennessee, and be buried in good Rebel soil.”
He was hanged on October 20, 1865, one of only two men to be tried, convicted and executed for war crimes during the Civil War. Following his wishes, Ferguson was buried in the France Cemetery north of Sparta, White County, Tennessee.


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But he wasn’t allowed to rest for long. Satan had been watching events closely and had designs in mind for this cold and callous killer, especially as his tracking skills were close to that of his chief bounty hunter.
Not a day had passed before the undead Champ Ferguson was reanimated – his senses, strength and speed augmented – and set the poignant task of hunting rebels, these ones dissenters and revolutionaries against the despicable doctrines of the devil.
And he was a natural. For nobody he has ever been set upon has escaped.
(Mind you, that might also have something to do with one of the other little adaptations the Undertaker was authorized to make. You see, Champ’s favorite tidbits are the body parts of those he’s sent to apprehend) yum yum!
By the way...this is what he looks like now in armor:


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And there you have it, a bluntly straight little introduction to the best tracker this side of infernity, apart from Daemon Grim himself of course.

But don’t take my word for it.

D’ya Wanna see just how brutal and crass Champ can be?
Then look no further:


HELL HOUNDS