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Monday, September 7, 2015


Who is Your Hero in Hell?
 
Heroes in Hell is a series of shared world fantasy books, within the genre Bangsian fantasy, created and edited by Janet Morris and written by her, Chris Morris, C. J. Cherryh and others. The first 12 books in the series were published by Baen Books between 1986 and 1989, and stories from the series include one Hugo Award winner and Nebula nominee, (Gilgamesh in the Outback by Robert Silverberg from Rebels in Hell), as well as one other Nebula Award nominee. The series was resurrected in 2011 by Janet Morris with the thirteenth book and eighth anthology in the series, Lawyers in Hell, followed by four more anthologies and a novel between 2012 and 2015.
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But, have you ever wondered what the leading lights of speculative fiction have to say about the Heroes in Hell shared universe series?

Science fiction and fantasy author Orson Scott Card compared the success of Heroes in Hell with other shared worlds like Thieves' World, Wild Cards and Liavek said that this "almost guarantees that shared worlds will be around for many years to come.” The webzine SF Site discussed the popularity of shared worlds in the 1980s and listed Heroes in Hell as a "significant example" of one of them. Library Journal called Heroes in Hell "a garden of infernal delights.”
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Miriam Van Scott reviews the first novel in the series within her book Encyclopedia of Hell.

Author Janet Morris created a unique underworld saga in her 1984 book, Heroes in Hell, a witty novel that declares "Nobody who is anybody went to heaven." The collection of infernal vignettes features everyone from the legendary hero GILGAMESH to actor James Dean in the great below, with the likes of Caesar and Mao Zedong thrown in for color. Trapped in the abyss of fire, the villains continue vying for power and position in the underworld to the delight of SATAN, their new overseer. Heroes was published with a companion novel, Gates of Hell.

—Miriam Van Scott, Encyclopedia of Hell, pg. 162

She later describes the entire series within the same book.

Innovative and clever, the Damned Saga weaves myth, legend, fact, and fantasy into a fascinating tapestry of underworld lore. The Heroes series also testifies to the immense popularity hell enjoys even in this modern age of literature.
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And here are some recent headliners that provide food for thought.

"Deep, thought-provoking fantasy of immense caliber."

"Prepare to have your minds blown."

"Punishment galore – Pandemonium aplenty – Panic without end."

"First Class."

"Heaven would not be as nearly as entertaining."

"A honed recipe of human habits and myths with a theme."
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And the good news is...This universe continues to grow.
Just look at the diversity you will find in Hell.

Heroes in Hell
The Gates of Hell
Rebels in Hell
Kings in Hell
Crusaders in Hell
Legions of Hell
Angels in Hell
Masters in Hell
The Little Helliad
War in Hell
Prophets in Hell
Explorers in Hell
Lawyers in Hell
Rogues in Hell
Bridge Over Hell
Dreamers in Hell
Poets in Hell
Doctors in Hell

See anything that takes your fancy?
Here’s a list of recent heroes in Hell books. Just click a link, every one will take you on a rollercoaster ride of reprehensible behavior.

Lawyers:
 

Rogues:
 

Dreamers:
 

Bridge Over Hell:
 

Poets:
 

Doctors:
 

A delightful box of dark chocolates - all devilishly naughty - each with a taste of its own...

(Bet you can’t stop at just one)

 

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