Heroes in Hell
The Latest Chapter
As I mentioned in my previous blog item, every year sees another layer added to the foul and fiendish creation that is Janet Morris' Heroes in Hell Universe. With good reason. When you look at the simmering cauldron that is mankind and the pathetic specimens who lurk in its darkest corners, it doesn’t take a lot to skim the dross and sift out the dregs.
But it begs the question . . . Who is next?
What seditious segment of society has been targeted for reassignment on the Undertaker’s Slab, only to be served up for your misentertainment?
Well, I’m glad to announce, that the next installment of Heroes in Hell is. . .
Mystics in Hell
Well, as I mentioned previously, I have the privilege of contributing to the Heroes in Hell universe in two ways: through the themed anthologies, and more comprehensively, via those adventures relating to Satan’s Reaper and Chief Bounty Hunter, Daemon Grim.
Hell is a wondrous place, where all sorts of dastardly deeds are allowed to spiral out of control. However, the HIH concept has certain rules – certain limits and boundaries. In devising a character, I didn’t want to create ‘just another someone’ – you know – another unhinged psychopath who creates mayhem wherever he or she goes. (Well I did, but I wanted them to bring a certain order and pedigree to the universe).
So I thought…what if my main character was someone close to Satan himself? Someone powerful and fiercely loyal? Someone who was the worst of them all and who stood out because he leads by the purity of his service and example he sets? And to add a certain fear factor, what if that character was cursed with the bane of never being able to lie? Someone who turns such a trait to his advantage to create a dread and chilling reputation. He’s bold, brash and confident, because he's perfectly capable of carrying out whatever assignment he’s given.
THE Grim Reaper. (Ding Dong!)
This is the kind of guy who – if you appear on his list – you’re dead. Simple as that. You can’t buy, bribe, or wheedle your way out of it. And to make it even more unsettling, I’d give him one of the most outrageous sense of humors anyone could ever wish for, and a degree of loyalty toward his team that is almost paradoxical. But for all that, if Satan’s decrees it, he’d still snuff anyone out of existence without the slightest remorse.
After consulting with Janet from the outset, we decided it would be a great idea to have Daemon Grim’s adventures maintain their continuity by evolving from the original ‘breakout’ short story (Grim – Doctors in Hell), and then leapfrogging from anthology to novel and from novel to anthology
Grim – Doctors in Hell
Pieces of Hate – Pirates in Hell
Devil’s Trull – Lovers in Hell
And now, in this latest anthology, Mystics in Hell, I’m delighted to announce that Daemon Grim’s exploits continue in The Sorcerous Apprentice, a murder, mystery misadventure, revealing how Satan’s Reaper is forced to turn to the Al-Jinn of Jahannam for help in ridding the undervese of a pandemic threatening to undo everything that Satan has worked so hard to achieve.
It’s diabolically dark and delicious. And even better, the Sorcerous Apprentice is only one of a number of stories that clearly reveals how you can’t second-guess those with second sight. Be they psychic, prophet, soothsayer or clairvoyant, none of those possessing extra sinsory perceptions can be relied on to reveal the truth.
For more information, keep an eye out on further details, soon to be revealed in both;
Mystics in Hell.
A fetish-filled extravaganza that will charm your socks off and toast your toe-tems. (And yes, you won’t need a crystal ball to know it’ll be a puntacular page-turner of epic proportions).
Do yourselves a favor.
Avoid the need for further diabolical double-entendres by making sure you get your copy as soon as is inhumanely possible
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