Joe Bonadonna

Specializing in heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, space opera, sword and planet, horror, and children’s books, Joe has published a number of short stories and novels, and has authored five (unsold) screenplays. At one time he was a board member of the Chicago Screenwriters’ Network, where he lectured on the history of science fiction, horror, and fantasy in films, as well as on writing screenplays. A retired rock and roll guitarist and songwriter from the Golden Age of 1964-1984, he was born and bred in Chicago, IL, where he still resides. Besides writing, Joe is an avid reader and owns an extensive collection of films on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Joe Bonadonna has short stories in Heroika: Dragon Eaters, Poets in Hell, Doctors in Hell, Pirates in Hell and Lovers in Hell. He is also the author of the heroic fantasies Mad Shadows-Book One: The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser (winner of the 2017 Golden Book Readers’ Choice Award for Fantasy); Mad Shadows-Book Two: Dorgo the Dowser and the Order of the Serpent; Mad Shadows-Book Three: The Heroes of Echo Gate; the space opera Three Against The Stars; the sword and planet space adventure, The MechMen of Canis-9; and the sword & sorcery adventure, Waters of Darkness, in collaboration with David C. Smith. With co-writer Erika M Szabo, he wrote Three Ghosts in a Black Pumpkin (winner of the 2017 Golden Books Judge’s Choice Award for Children’s Fantasy), and The Power of the Sapphire Wand. He also has stories appearing in: Azieran—Artifacts and Relics; GRIOTS 2: Sisters of the Spear; Sinbad: The New Voyages-Volume 4, Here Be Ghosts, and Sha’ Daa Toys, in collaboration with author Shebat Legion. In addition to his fiction, he has written a number of articles and book reviews for Black Gate online magazine.

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Heroika I: Dragon Eaters
Doctors in Hell
Poets in Hell
Pirates in Hell
Lovers in Hell

Lovers in Hell

Only fools fall in love, and hell is filled with fools. Our damned lovers include: Christopher Marlowe and Will Shakespeare, Napoleon and Wellington, Orpheus and Eurydice, Hatshepsut and Senenmut, Abelard and Heloise, Helen and Penelope, Saint Teresa and Satan's Reaper, Madge Kendall and the Elephant Man, and more . . . -- all of whom pay a hellish price for indulging their affections.

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