Writing about hell.
Believe me, it's a fun topic.
I write paranormal romance, vampires and things, but ever since I was a kid, I was interested in myth and fairy tales. Mythical creatures, gods, demi-gods, I like to take them apart and make them into something new, give them a gender change maybe, turn traditionally evil creatures into something more nuanced.
But myths also have places: Valhalla, Faerie, Tartarus, to name a few.
Judeo-Christian mythology knows hell as a dark place full of torture and eternal suffering. That--along with the somewhat arbitrary idea of sin (or thoughtcrime, to borrow from Orwell)--never appealed to me, but I did always like the idea of an underworld, of a place that is apart from our world and just very different.
Versions of the underworld from Sumerian myth (Inanna's descent) and from the Norse are what I borrow from most. After all Loki's daughter, Hel, gave the place its English name, hell.
Because I find the idea of a soul as a non-corporeal image of the person hard to grasp and unlikely, I put people in hell rather than ghosts or spirits. Also nightmares, dreams turned real creatures, but that's a different story. There are a lot of demons in my hell, as well as fiery folk, afrits and djinn.
And of course if hell isn't a place for sinners because you don't have the concept of sin, there's no need to have it placed beneath anything. Instead, I put my hell on another plane, adjacent to Faerie (the Fae and their demon neighbors get along well. They both like orgies.)
See? I told you hell could be fun. You just have to take out the brimstone and cruelty, and you really have something to work with. Add some sexual liberty, and orgy or three, and you really got a place worthy of its own travel guide. (Though the lack of infrastructure has been a problem, never mind the generally well-intended architects of hell.)
That version of hell (or Hel, I use both spellings) runs through a lot of my stories. Even if there are nuances here and there, I often find myself going back to that place across series. Writers can be lazy like that ;)
Now, I'd love to drag you to hell along with my characters. To be fair, in A Midsummer Night's Demon, everyone seems to be in a hurry to get out of hell, but it's still a nice place. In the fourth book of the Fairview Chronicles, we are going to another place on the human plane, but I'm sure I can find a reason to explore hell further. I hear they have an annual drinking competition with their Fae neighbors, and wouldn't that be fun?
A Midsummer Night's Demon
June 19, 2020
Erotice Romance ~ LGBTQ ~ Contemporary ~ Paranormal ~ Humor
The son of the Lord of Hell, Lark, is engaged to a demon whom he does not love. He escapes hell, his father, and his fiancé. His flight takes him to the human plane, where he finds himself summoned by Chris, former lawyer and current accountant of St. John Investigations.
Chris really just wanted to learn about demonic math when he decided to summon one of the denizens of hell, but confronted with Lark, he decides getting the beautiful demon into his bed is far more appealing than accounting.
But Lark’s escape from hell does not go unnoticed, and soon the Lord of Hell himself arrives in Fairview to take his son back to the altar. Three wicked witches also come to the city looking for a love that was dragged to hell. It might just be one magical desk that holds the key to everyone’s happiness and happily-ever-after.
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Alexa Piper writes steamy romance that ranges from light to dark, from straight to queer. She’s also a coffee addict. Her retelling of Dracula, A Tale of Honey and Garnet Wine, might be a cursed manuscript, and every writer should have at least one of those. She also loves writing series, and her Fairview Chronicles follow a ragtag gang of supernaturals who try to make their city safer. Mostly.
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