You know how it is with world-building: One damn thing leads to another.
So the swearing question led me back to a world I’d sketched in as different parts of it rose up in the story: Hell is a company town. That is, everybody there works for the Afterlife and the CEO is Satan. They see themselves almost as zookeepers: there’s this huge preserve called Earth full of animals left to their own devices in their natural habitat until they die, and then Hell sorts out what happens next. If things go wrong, they send in agents to clean up the problem and then leave the humans to their lives again. Demons aren’t intrinsically evil, they’re just like humans. Some are terrible, some are great, most are just trying to lead full lives and have a good time after a good day’s work. Continue reading