Hell’s Door Opens: Book I

Hell’s Door Opens is a dark story of heroic sword and sorcery action. A bloody  and thought-provoking tale 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 overcomes the population when cannibalism, torture and depravity are conjured up from the depths of hell. In this fast-paced story of violent battle, torture, lust and love, Prince Calgus must find a way to save the city before the nomads of the desert  attack. With the seeress Jessela, the killer Sevenet, and the  courtesan come assassin Semara, Calgus seeks to save Sept from the orgy of evil ...

Remembering Gary Gygax

Gary Gygax’s name wasn’t on the cover of the first D&D book I owned. Inside, in the example of play, one character mysteriously jokes that “Gary sent us!” when parlaying with some goblins. That is when I first encountered the name of the man who was to have a big influence on my life. I soon learnt a bit more about him, the boxed set I’d been given as a birthday present included Keep on the Borderlands and this did have Gary’s name on the front – a slightly otherworldly name at that… Gygax… In addition, the box set held TSR promotional material, including a brochure that suggested gamers come to GenCon for the chance to meet the “grandmaster adventurer Gary Gygax” or words to that effect. Who was this mysterious designer of fantastic...

Hell’s Door Opens…

Welcome to Hell. This is the home of fantasy author, Jon Creffield. Jon has released his novel Hell’s Door Opens, a dark fantasy vision of hell unleashed and virtue unbounded. This site is also an experiment in self-publishing within the fantasy and sci-fi genres. We will share our experiences and lessons learned with the community in the hope that others may follow in our path and get their work to the audience that hungers for it. We will be using readily available tools for self-publishing and will publish in both hardcopy and digital formats. Hold tight and join in, this is going to be one hell of a ride and ‘You,’ the community, are the driving force behind this adventure. Buy the eBook edition of Hell’s Door Opens at Amazon.co.uk or...

Recent praise

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...

Digital and hardcopy formats

There are many options open to us as we move forward with this project. Hell’s Door Opens will be available in both digital and hardcopy formats. Kindle Direct Publishing is an obvious choice for one digital format. We’re also considering a watermarked pdf release via Drive Thru Fiction. For hardcopy, there are many options and we may decide to release through more than one of them. Leading contenders includeCreatespace, Lulu and the Now in Print line from RPGnow. As the project develops we can keep you informed of our experiences with these companies. With luck, any hurdles we encounter will enable you to avoid similar obstacles. Buy the eBook edition of Hell’s Door Opens at Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com Spread the word...