Hell's Door Opens is a dark fantasy, a bloody and thought-provoking tale aimed at an adult market. Combining elements of horror with fantasy, the story appeals to the existing sword and sorcery audience and attracts lovers of the macabre too. The action takes place in and around the city of Sept, a metropolis under supernatural attack. Madness has overcome the population. Cannibalism, torture, and depravity threaten to destroy everything the leading characters hold dear. Prince Calgus must find a way to save the city before the nomads of the desert attack. In the company of the seeress Jessela, the killer Sevenet, and the courtesan come assassin Semara, Calgus seeks to save Sept from the orgy of evil consuming its citizens. This is a story of violent battle, torture, lust and love. The female characters develop as the story progresses, initially viewed from the perspective of the male characters as prizes to be won or lost they increasingly take centre stage as the potential saviours of the city. Hell's Door Opens features a siege, pitched battle, man-to-man combat against human and demonic entities, the formation and breaking of friendships, and the personal development of each character as they react to the events unfolding around them. The characters develop spiritually, morally and sexually. There is an undercurrent of speculation on the problem of evil, the purpose of suffering and the relationship between man and God. For every 1000 copies of Hells Door Opens Book 1 sold $100 will be donated to the Gygax Memorial Fund Chris Clark, fantasy author and owner of Inner City Game Designs recently read Hell's Door Opens. Here's what he had to say: "A terrifying vision of hell-spawned chaos is met by but a few good men that stand betwen ultimate evil and redemption in this roller-coaster action thrill ride. Not for the faint of heart, this story will grab you by the throat, releasing its grip only after you have conquered its battle-weary pages." Gail Gygax, widow of the late Gary Gygax, commented:"Gary had the pleasure of working with Jon Creffield. He found the experience most enjoyable and spent many hours with Jon discussing ideas and subjects to further their creativity." Matthew Sprange of Mongoose Publishing noted: "Jon Creffield paints epic stories in thought provoking and approachable ways. Having enjoyed the adventure material Jon wrote for Mongoose Publishing I am excited about this book's release." The Gygax Memorial Fund writes: "We certainly believe in Jon's work and encourage everyone to check Hell's Door Opens out." Horror and dark fantasy review site Flames Rising says: "Jon Creffield is going to take the classic tale of swords and sorcery and turn it on its head. Hell's Door Open is equal parts fantasy and horror with healthy doses of great storytelling."
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Published March 30, 2012
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction.