Heroes in Hell (book)

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Heroes in Hell
Author Janet Morris, ed.
Country United States
Language English
Series Heroes in Hell
Genre Bangsian fantasy
Short stories
Shared world
Publisher Baen Books
Publication date
March 1986
Media type Print (paperback)
ISBN 978-0-671-65555-6
Followed by The Gates of Hell

Heroes in Hell is an anthology book and the first volume of its namesake series, created by Janet Morris. The book placed eighth in the annual Locus Poll for Best Anthology in 1987.[1] "Newton Sleep" by Gregory Benford, originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, received a Nebula Award nomination in 1986,[2] as well as placing 16th in its category in the Locus Poll.


In order of presentation, the anthology contains:


Reviewer Chuq von Rospach declared "The concept is silly," going on to say that "the plots are for the most part banal, and the characters are unsympathetic. The writing is simplistic and the continuity is questionable. In other words, they borrowed all of the worst parts of Thieves' World and forgot to include what makes it worthwhile."[6] The Encyclopedia of Hell states "Author Janet Morris created a unique underworld saga in her 1984 book, Heroes in Hell, a witty novel that declares 'Nobody who is anybody went to heaven.'...[it] weaves myth, legend, fact, and fantasy into a fascinating tapestry of underworld lore." [7]


  • Van Scott, Miriam (1998). Encyclopedia of Hell. St. Martin's Press. p. 162. ISBN 0-312-18574-X. 
  1. ^ "1987 Locus Awards". Locus. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Nebula Final Ballots from the 1980s". SFWA Nebula Awards. Retrieved 2011-07-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d The Locus Index to Science Fiction: 1984-1998
  4. ^ Far Frontiers, vol. 4, Baen Books, January 1986, p.230
  5. ^ Rhialto the Marvellous, Baen Books, 1985 pb edition, p.223
  6. ^ "OtherRealms Pico Reviews for April, 1986", OtherRealms, volume 1, number 3, April 1986.
  7. ^ Van Scott 1998, p. 162.