“Like a Bat Out of Hell”

This week I sold another short story — “Like a Bat Out of Hell” — to a forthcoming anthology entitled After Death. Unlike many of the short stories, this one has no connection with the Sharlverse where I usually write. This takes place, quite literally, in Hell — Dante’s Hell, in fact, that is populated with creatures out of Greek/Roman mythology in addition to tormented souls of the Christian era. The main character is one of these pagan holdovers who deeply resents being stuck in Hell strictly because of heritage. One challenge in writing this story was how to keep a trip to Hell from becoming grim and depressing for the reader, so there is quirky humor throughout. People who have read “Bat” in manuscript form have enjoyed it; I hope it meets with an equally good reception in published form.

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