The 9 Circles of Beaumont Hell – and Who You’ll Meet There

“The Italian poet Dante Alighieri was kind of a twisted dude. His 14th-century opus, the Divine Comedy, led readers into the depths of a nine-layer hell filled with flaming tombs, rivers of boiling blood and giant worm-monsters. He spent plenty of time in the Inferno, the first part of the Divine Comedy, outlining all the sins that can get you a one-way ticket to Satan’s inner circle. But by 2014, a lot of those sins feel pretty out-of-date — we stopped burning heretics at the stake a while back, and I’m not even sure that simony is still a thing.

“With Dante’s colorful imagery in mind, I updated and localized his nine circles of hell as a reminder to Southeast Texans that if you’re not going to be polite because it’s the right thing to do, at least be polite to avoid retribution in the afterlife.” […]    –Beth Rankin, Beaumont Enterprise, December 6, 2014

Dante’s Inferno Razor

dantes-inferno-razor“This is a job from a couple months ago. This was one of the most intense themes I have done. Tons of details in very small places. The theme was Dante’s Inferno and the images are based on Dore’s illustrations for the book. The toughest part was that I had to alter the images to make them fit the format of the windows. I had to make the altered images still recognizable as the classic Dore illustrations.
The ‘frames’ are sculpted and the images are bulino engraved. The scenes on the hidden panels were also bulino engraved. The knife was made by Joe Kious of Kerrville, TX.”    —Straight Razor Place, December 14, 2011

Contributed by David Israel

“Dante: Inferno” a Play by Alejandro de la Costa (2008)

dante-inferno-a-play-by-alejandro-de-la-costa-2008“MBS Productions will be presenting the world premiere of Dante: Inferno from April 10 – May 3, yet they still haven’t found the right actor to play Dante. . .
The play contains adult themes and nudity (not required for the role of Dante). The show is currently in rehearsals and auditions will be held Tuesday-Thursday, March 11-13.”    –Shawn Parikh, Pegasus News, March 11, 2008

“Marching Owl Band Drops the D-Bomb on Todd Graham”

marching-owl-band-drops-the-d-bomb-on-todd-graham“TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa has filed a formal complaint with Conference USA over the Rice marching band’s performance of ‘Todd Graham’s Inferno’ during halftime of Saturday’s football game in Houston. Graham left Rice for Tulsa after just one season… The band’s show depicted a search for the former Owls coach through different circles of Hell, based on Dante’s Divine Comedy.” [. . .]    –Matt Hinton, Sunday Morning QB, November 27, 2007

Contributed by George Trone