You know, when I was a wee lad I’d spend hours drawing my perfect mountain HQ, with multi-level slides, katana shooting wall traps, flying car ramps, and retractable mountain tops. I thought ‘surely no one has ever conceived a more perfect map than this!’, but then… High School: I read Dante’s Inferno, and my crown seemed less assured. Sure, where I would have put cannons that shot Chocodiles he put centaurs shoving spears up rectums, and I’m pretty sure my flying car kicked a little more ass then swarms of bees and hornets that cause putrid wounds, but I had to concede that Dante Alighieri hands down takes the ‘most obsessively detailed fort design’ award, even if it also qualified as the first Goth novel and a testament to Alighieri’s highly tuned sense of self-worth.
Now you too can tour Dante’s vision of hell (unaccompanied by that killjoy Virgil or that tease, Beatrice) thanks to Todd King and Eastern Kentucky University via this rather ingenious Virtual Tour of Hell.
Okay, so technically you could have started touring hell circa 2001, but hey… six years late to the party is still at the party.