|Death Panel: (center) Janet E Morris; (top) Jack William Finley, Chris Morris; |
(middle) Bill Snider, Nancy Asire; Joe Bonadonna;
(bottom) Andrew Paul Weston, Richard Groller
Death Panelists, when is it O.K. to go to hell?
DIH authors (death panelists indicated with initials): Janet E. Morris (JEM), Chris Morris (CM), Andrew Paul Weston (APW), Nancy Asire (NA), R.E. Hinkle, Richard Groller (RG), Matthew Kirshenblatt, Bill Snider (BS), Joe Bonadonna (JB), Paul Freeman, and Jack William Finley (JWF)
FAQ about Hell for new readers (click to jump-to answers):
2. What flavor of Hell/Afterlife is in scope (Valhalla? Naraka? Hades? Duat? Jahannam? Dante’s?)?
3.Doctors in Hell is #18 in the series… should I start with this?
4.How stand-alone are these themed issues?
5.Should I expect elves, orcs, or wizard schools?
6.By movie standards, is this rated PG-13, R, or something else?
7.Authors, recall when you when you first experienced this Hell – what advice canyou draw from that to aid new readers?
8.A special message from Satan herself: A brief history of Heroes in Hell
NA: It seems nearly everyone who has ever lived ends up in hell, no matter the time of their life or death. In Satan’s hell, operating on Judeo/Christian laws and dictates, there are over 600 commandments that can be broken, even if the sinner has no knowledge the specific commandment existed. In the other hells, ruled over by their various gods, the punishments meted out may or might not resemble those of Satan’s hell. Naturally, whoever ends up in hell is punished by any means, from eternal frustration to actual torture and death. In Satan’s hell, death is hardly permanent since the soul is reconstituted and returned to its hellish existence for further torment. The series deals with various characters and their responses to their damnation.
NA: I believe it is best to start with Lawyers (#13). The series, Heroes in Hell, was resurrected with Lawyers and gives a good start to the neophyte reader. The hellscapes are laid out, the rules governing the hells set forth, and the major characters are introduced, along with their backgrounds and why, despite their confusion and outright denial as to being eternally damned, they respond to the various levels of torture. Life in New Hell City and environs shows how various levels of damnation are experienced, how serving (for example) Satan in various capacities, grants certain individuals a hellish existence far above that suffered by other souls. The following anthologies will be easier to dive into given exposure to the events in Lawyers
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NA: If the movie is true to the series, I can’t imagine it would be rated anything but an R. There is enough bloodshed, sexuality, torture and other unsavory happenings to keep it from being rated PG-13. I might be old school, granting that most kids who can attend a PG-13 movie have probably seen more blood and guts that I did when I was their age. It would, of course, depend on how exact the movie representation followed the events in the series’ short stories. Graphic blood, torture and the like might be a bit too much for a PG-13, but kids these days have seen movies that seem to delight in gratuitous violence.