Authors’ Commentary on “Island Out of Time”

Lawyers in Hell Authors’ Commentary on
»Island Out of Time,«
 a story in Lawyers in Hell

How I Wrote My LIH Story
    The bulk of my story, "Island Out of Time" was originally written in 1989 while I was still on active duty with the US Army.  I am part of the "Veteran Hellions", having previously been published in Prophets in Hell. 

When Janet Morris decided to take a hiatus from the Heroes in HellTM series, my story was already in the pipeline for the volume that never materialized.  So I filed it away. As luck would have it, I am a very patient man and the Internet is miraculous.


Lawyers in Hell In September 2010, through the wonders of Facebook, Janet and I re-established a long dormant dialog that fell by the wayside due to distance, time, divergent interests and just plain, old life.  Renewed dialog led to a discussion about Janet's new book,  The Sacred Band, between Janet, author Ed McKeown and I.   Then Ed asked the question, "So Janet, when are you going to resurrect Heroes in HellTM?" Janet's response was something on the order of, "If I did, it would have to be something fun like "Lawyers in Hell."  Ed responded with, "I have an fun idea for a story we could call "Appellate Angel."  I immediately chimed in saying, "I still have "Island Out of Time" waiting in abeyance.   It won't take make much to update the technology and I already have an great idea to incorporate the overarching lawyer thread that could be a lot of fun."  Janet responded with, "Well guys, make it happen."  At that was the genesis of Lawyers in Hell. 

So we got a bunch of the old band back together, though unfortunately, far too many have already passed on in the last twenty odd years.  And we expanded our ranks with a crop of new authors that are not only talented, but on the road to perdition.

Richard Groller"Island Out of Time" picks up on a thread from the Janet Morris story, "The Nature of Hell" in the volume Crusaders in Hell.  In "The Nature of Hell", Zeno, the ancient Greek stoic philosopher, is visited by Satan, and told that his job is to determine the source of mysterious time perturbations that have been disrupting things in Hell of late.  Demons are stationed outside of his Observatory to insure that his efforts do not slacken.  Janet graciously let me borrow some of her key characters, to include Welch, Nichols, and Achilles.  I pick up where that story left off, creating an expedition led by Nichols, and enlisting the aid of Pythagoras, Harry Houdini, and John Wesley Powell among others, to find the source of Satan's vexation. 

The ostensible source is revealed by the Delphic Oracle to be a mysterious, self-forming island, that apparently just appeared in the southern seas off Hell's coast.   Not wanting to give the rest of the story plot away, let me just say that it is a combination of action, adventure, and horror that will leave the reader asking for more.  And more is planned for the thread will continue in Adventurers in Hell, the next planned volume of the series. 

Hope to see you in Hell

Island Out of Time, © Richard Groller; Perseid Publishing, 2011
2011© Lawyers in Hell (Janet Morris), 2011, all rights reserved

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