Hellfire & Damnation II, a new book by Connie Corcoran Wilson is coming out soon. Not only a great read, it has cover art by Vincent Chong and an intro by our own Jason V Brock. Read more about the book, including Jason’s intro, at Connie’s blog “Weekly Wilson”.
[“HELLFIRE & DAMNATION II” OUT SOON: SEE INTRODUCTION BELOW June 28th, 2012
Rising star in the horror genre Jason V Brock, who both writes and publishes, has penned the Introduction to “Hellfire & Damnation II,” the sequel to “Hellfire & Damnation,” a collection of short stories, both of which revolved around the framing device of Dante’s “Inferno” and the 9 Circles of Hell (and each crime punished therein.) The first book (www.HellfireandDamnationTheBook.com) was a 47,000 word collection of stories. This second book is longer, at 53,000 words, and contains approximately 25 pictures to illustrate the work, plus a From the Author section describing how each story was inspired.
The E-book should be ready for purchase from Amazon and Barnes & Noble by July. The paperback, from The Merry Blacksmith Press, is scheduled for Labor Day release. In addition to the Introduction by Jason V Brock, blurbs are tentatively slated from Fran Friels (2006 Stoker Finalist “Momma’s Boy”), Gary Braunbeck, Nate Kenyon, Terrie Leigh Relf, and Brian Pinkerton.
Introduction: A World Gone to Hell
The Italian poet Dante Alighieri is a tough act to follow. His epic poetry tour de force, the Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy), ranks as one of the single greatest achievements in all of world literature. It was a major reason that the dialect from his native Firenze (Florence, Italy, later to be the cradle of the greatest Renaissance in Europe) was codified as the principal language of Italy, even to the present day. One segment of this magnum opus, the Inferno, is among only a handful of literary pieces that has transcended its creator’s original intentions to rank in the same echelon as (among others) Homer’s dual narratives The Iliad and The Odyssey, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, and The King James Edition of The Bible. Not only are these works a core foundation of Western thought and erudition, but they also stand as monumental artistic expressions of unfettered genius. The other two pieces of Dante’s Commedia – the Purgatorio, and the Paradiso – while dazzling efforts, do not quite rise to the same level as the Inferno.]
- Salvador Dalí’s 100 Illustrations of Dante’s The Divine Comedy
- Dante: The Divine Comedy, translated by Dorothy L Sayers