Authors’ Commentary on “The Register”

Lawyers in Hell Authors’ Commentary on
»The Register,«
 a story in Lawyers in Hell

Alistair Chrysler-Smith is a Field Agent for the Ratings Department for The Hell Register of Preeminently Damned Lawyers.

What does this mean?

Why, he’s one of the very few damned souls allowed to leave the confines of Hell itself, to roam the Earth, and take extensive notes on all living lawyers, guaranteeing that said sinners will be met with a well-written biographical listing in Hell’s premiere desk reference for the most deserving of Hell’s denizens.

Plains of Hell (A story in Lawyers in Hell)

Lawyers in HellPlains of Hell
(A story in Lawyers in Hell)

The building was a ramshackle wood and brick structure with saloon doors and grime-streaked windows.  Over its entrance a pitted metal sign creaked under a stiff breeze, the words on its facing faded and worn.

“Roadhouse 666,” mumbled General James Wolfe.  “Looks as good as any.”

Nudging his hell-horse to a hitching post, Wolfe dismounted and tied off the reins, pointedly avoiding the beast’s serrated teeth and over-sized mouth.  The creature promptly swung on a second tethered hell-horse and launched into a ritual of dominance assertion common to the breed.  The neighboring beast eagerly took up the challenge.

Authors’ Commentary on “Plains of Hell”

Lawyers in Hell Authors’ Commentary on
»Plains of Hell,«
 a story in Lawyers in Hell

How Plains of Hell Came About
As a longtime fan of shared-world collections I was thrilled to participate in the re-launch of the Heroes in Hell franchise. So, my first order of business was brushing up on some of the original books to acquire a feel for the subject matter, as well as poring over extensive background documents.  Once acclimatized, it was time to conjure a plot and populate it with characters.

Fortunately, that part proved easy. 

Authors’ Commentary on “The Adjudication of Hetty Green”

Lawyers in Hell Authors’ Commentary on
»The Adjudication of Hetty Green,«
 a story in Lawyers in Hell

Just how does one write about Hell?   Over the ages, Hell has been so many  different things to so many.  Is Hell actually a place or is it a frame of  mind?  Depending on point of view and attitude, ten people can all have the  same experience and come away with ten very different memories.  Since Hell  seems to me to be a personal experience, I decided to work with a single  soul's predicament.  The gangster era of Chicago looked like a wonderful  place to start.  The major personalities of the time were all larger than  life.  They lived hard and most died spectacular deaths.

Authors’ Commentary on “Measure of a Man”

Lawyers in Hell Authors’ Commentary on
»Measure of a Man,«
 a story in Lawyers in Hell

This story was a dream to write.  Not only was it exciting to be part of a great, already-established anthology series, but it allowed me to use two of my favorite subjects:  the Old West and opera.  What other anthology lets a writer combine such famous figures as Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, and Giacomo Puccini?  One of my fellow co-writers had come up with a location in hell called New Bodie, which provided the perfect setting for my story.  As a native Californian, the real ghost town of Bodie in the eastern Sierra Mountains is a must-visit for lovers of Old West history.

Authors’ Commentary on "And Injustice for All"

Lawyers in HellAuthors’ Commentary on
»And Injustice for All«
in Lawyers in Hell
The Idea of Hell
It all started with a shrunken head that talked, and an idea.

When I was first approached to write in the new Lawyers in Hell anthology, my initial thought was “Oh my god, what am I going to do?”

I’d never written a short story before, and despite having my first published novel available in stores, I really felt unprepared for the monstrous task at hand. To write in something so established as Janet Morris’ Heroes in Hell series was terrifying, especially given how many important writers were contributing to the upcoming anthology.

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