Whether we call it the underworld, Hades, Hell, or some other name, fiction is full of the idea that there are other dimensions out there, and that they’re bad. At the very least, they’re the sort of places we avoid for as long as we can, unless we need to make a tragic journey there to retrieve a loved one. This week, we explore this concept in more detail. Why are storytellers so interested in the infernal realms? What rules do they operate under? How can they best be used? Plus, a discussion of why the morality of underworlds is often so arbitrary.
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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.