I bring Hellish Tidings!
Perseid Publishing and Zauberspiegel Announce a Contest to Submit a Character for a Story in the Heroes in Hell Series! If you haven’t read Lawyers in Hell, you can buy it from Amazon.
Submit a Character to be written into Hell
In the next volume of the Heroes in Hell series, the winning character will be included in either a new Janet and Chris Morris story, if the winning character is of sufficient depth and importance, or it will be included in an existing story.
Starting Dec 1st 2011, you will have the chance to contribute to the next volume of the Heroes in Hell series – “Adventurers in Hell.” The contest ends Dec 23rd 2011, 23:59 central european time.
Write a text of 200-400 words describing the character you are nominating: Why should this particular character be included in a story in Hell? What errors did the character make in life that will be punished in Hell? Extra credit for appropriate (and innovative) punishment in line with the character’s life on earth.
The number of words is not the determinative criteria for winning; rather, it is the character itself and your description of the character’s personality and behavior while living; your personal reasons why the character should be included in a hell story. All prospective characters must have been real living people and they must have died before 1950.
Only one story per person.
There will be three prizes awarded as follows:
1st prize: Janet and Chris Morris write a story featuring the chosen character, or the character will be included in a story, already in process, for the next volume of the Heroes in Hell series and an autographed copy of the book containing the Winner’s character when released.
2nd prize: an autographed copy of the most recently published book in the Heroes in Hell series and the appearance of the 2nd place character in the next book in the series.
3rd prize: an autographed copy of the most recently published book.
The jury is: Janet Morris, editor/author, Chris Morris, editor/author, and the Muse of Hell: Sarah Snyder Gray Hulcy.
No author who has ever been published in the Heroes in Hell series may submit a character. No present or former employees of Perseid Publishing, Kerlak Publishing or Zauberspeigel is eligible to participate.
Submit entries to the following email address: Hell@zauberspiegel-online.de and please include your full name, address, email address, phone number.
Texts are accepted in English and German.
Suggestions on how to give your character a better chance:
Look, just picking a character won’t cut it for this contest. The most important thing is how you write the character up. If you send in the a character name, with the words, “He/She is an evil git” you’ll fail.
You need to send in something more complete. Something like:
King John the XX of Britain was a bad man. Not only did he have a wife and fiften mistresses, he also imposed Droit du seigneur on his peasants, and the children of his knights and minor nobles.
John XX taxed everyone to fund his lavish lifestyle, leaving his peasants to starve. In a war with Austria he captured the opposing General, and refused to sell him back to the Austrians, instead mounting him on a spit and serving him as a court dinner to the horror of his court.
His torment should be that he is unable to eat food, or drink anything alcoholic. As a result he is slowing starving to death as no one around him knows how to make fruit shakes (which he can drink, and eat).
How about he spends his time trying to find a place that serves food that he can handle? Possibly it ends up being highly spiced Chinese of Tamil food, which ends up causing his ulcers to flare up, so now he’s got food, and isn’t starving, but he is in pain all of the time. For the next book he could be looking for something to make the spicy food not bother his ulcers.
Of Course the Character Above Isn’t Real
But it might give you some ideas. I do suggest that you stay away from nobles and kings, unless your writing skills are superb.
Look around. History has any number of rogues. It also has any number of normal people who could end up in Hell. Hell is like The Hotel California. You can never leave…
Thursday Number 24, 2011