Thursday, 10 April 2014
All We Need Of Hell
Inferno by Dante Alighieri;
Paradise Lost by John Milton;
Heaven And Hell by Emanuel Swedenborg;
The Marriage of Heaven And Hell by William Blake;
The Great Divorce by CS Lewis;
Magic Inc by Robert Heinlein;
Operation Chaos by Poul Anderson;
Black Easter and The Day After Judgment by James Blish;
Inferno and Escape From Hell by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle;
Swamp Thing by Alan Moore and his successors;
John Constantine, Hellblazer by Jamie Delano and his successors;
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman;
Lucifer by Mike Carey.
Anderson's Hell is scientifically explained as a dark, chaotic, high entropy cosmos that his characters merely raid on a single occasion. A more sophisticated Hell, complete with feudalism and politics, is presented in Mike Carey's Lucifer: A Dalliance With The Damned, which I am currently rereading.
We contemplate Hell in poetry, prose and pictures.