Dive Into 2020 CFA Finalist Hunter Blain

Behind the Writing of Holy Sheoly

Tell us about the background for the story, what inspired it or why you wanted to write this story.

The story is dedicated to and staring my life long best friend, John Cook. He had always enjoyed my short stories and one day made me promise to write a book about him. I agreed, not understanding the weight of that promise until my mother called me one morning. She was weeping almost uncontrollably and said the words that gripped my chest in a vice of unfathomable despair…John had died, leaving me alone with my promise. Well, I’m proud to say I kept that promise and wrote “I’m Glad You’re Dead.” Little did I know the life changing journey I was undertaking as I kept my bromego’s memory alive in the theater of my reader’s minds.

Is there meaning behind the title, or series name?
I get this question a lot. Book one is called “I’m Glad You’re Dead,” which is an odd name for a book dedicated to your deceased best friend. The short answer is, John and I always used to speak in movie quotes, and in the 1989 “Batman,” the Joker goes on about how happy he was that one of his naysayers was dead. He laughs manically while spouting “I’m glad you’re dead” over and over. So it felt only proper for the first book in my series to be our favorite movie quote of all time.
 
Are any of your characters based on real people you know?
Once my close friends who also loved the real John found out I was writing my Urban Fantasy Eulogy, they wanted to be apart of it as well. So Valenta, Depweg, Locke, and several others are based on my real life best friends. It actually makes me laugh when some of my reviewers say “all the characters felt so real!” Well…they are real!

Holy Sheoly
by Hunter Blain
Indie Author: Yes
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Publication Date: 9.24.20

Genres: 
Urban Fantasy
Dark Fantasy

Page Count: 336 Pages

Synopsis:

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company, and Sheol for…well, the screaming silence of eternal nothingness?

 

In the frigid lands belonging to the Queen of the Unseelie, a beautiful stranger dressed all in ivory makes his approach. A debt is owed, and payment is due.

Below the burning lakes of everlasting woe and the single, vast city of Hell, lies Sheol—the Hell below Hell. A place of absolute nothingness, occupied only by fallen demons, slain angels, and lost souls. No sight. No sound. Nothing but the infinite expanse of muted, inky blackness to serve as maddening companions for all of eternity. And that’s exactly where John must go to try and save those he loves, and those who trusted him.

Armed with only a nine-inch nail pulled from Christ’s flesh, John must discover a way to descend into the endless abyss, find his friends, and lead them back out to safety before he becomes a permanent resident himself and has to pay property taxes.

Unfortunately, since the dawn of creation, no one has ever escaped Sheol. But John is a vampirican, not a vampirican’t. As long as Samael isn’t actively trying to sabotage his plans with some nefarious scheme…

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