I read Dante Alighieri’s Inferno (from his Divine Comedy) some years ago and the imagery from his verses has long stayed with me. Whilst his words were directed very much at certain people who lived during his own time period, the sufferings and punishments remain something you could apply to anyone in any age. The structure of the Inferno, with its Nine Circles and with some of those circles having rings within rings, is such that I thought it would make an excellent structure for an anthology. Stories could be created in Hell itself, within a specific circle, or the protagonist could be committing – or indulging – the specific sin which ultimately condemns them. Thus was our own Inferno born.
I am delighted to say that Inferno is not far off publication and still projected to appear in early December. We’re hoping to announce a specific date in a few weeks. In the meantime, Inferno contributors have answered a number of hellish interview questions and I will be posting them on this site in the runup to publication. First up this Sunday is Shannon Felton, whose story ‘Her Knife is Hunger. Her Cup is Thirst’, sits in the First Circle.
Look out for many more such interviews over the coming weeks.