Hell Holes – Human Characters

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The following are the main human characters in the Hell Holes series of modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, horror, and action & adventure novels:

Members of the Original Research Team

The following are the members of the research team sent to investigate the mysterious holes:

Dr. Jack Oswald

Dr. Jack OswaldDr. Jack Oswald is a petroleum geologist who teaches at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). During the short Alaskan summer, he conducts field research and consults for the oil companies. ExxonMobile hired him to lead an expedition to the North Slope to study on of the hundreds of huge holes that mysteriously opened up between the Arctic Circle and the Arctic Sea. Dr. Oswald bears witness to Armageddon in Hell Holes, What Lurks Below, the first book in the Hell Holes series.

Dr. Angela (Angie) Menendez

Dr. Angela MenendezDr. Angela Menendez is a noted climatologist who teaches at the UAF. Her research concentrates on the climatological impact of methane produced by melting permafrost and marine deposits of methane hydrate. In addition to being a highly respected teacher and oft-cited research scientist, Angie is a fierce environmentalist. Dr. Oswald’s wife, she bears witness to Armageddon in Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton, the second book in the Hell Holes series.

Mr. Mark Starr

Mr. Mark StarrMr. Mark Starr is a UAF geology graduate student working on his doctorate by studying climate-related changes in Alaskan glaciers. He helps Dr. Oswald, his doctoral advisor, perform research and maintains the team’s equipment. Tall, athletic, and ruggedly handsome, he would not look out of place on a movie set with his tousled brown hair and beard trimmed so short it always looked like he’d only started growing it the week before. Instead, he is turning out to be a fine glaciologist and geologist, a man who was as at home crossing a crevasse as he was working in the laboratory.

Mrs. Jill Starr

Mrs. Jill StarrMrs. Jill Starr is also one of Dr. Oswald’s geology graduate students working on her master’s degree. Mark Starr’s wife, Jill often joins Mark and Dr. Oswald during summer fieldwork. Tall, slender, and two years younger than her husband, Jill is intrigued by all things permafrost, the subsurface layer of ground that has remained frozen since the last ice age. More specifically, she is fascinated by changes in the permafrost caused by the rapid warming of the Arctic due to climate change.

Mr. Kevin Kowalski

Mr. Kevin KowalskiMr. Kevin Kowalski is a mid-level manager for ExxonMobil, who has occasionally hired Dr. Oswald as a consultant in petroleum geology. He hires Dr. Oswald to put together a team to study the mysterious holes that have suddenly appeared in Alaska’s North Slope and thereby determine the degree to which they threaten oil company operations and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

Mr. Bill Henderson

Mr. Bill HendersonMr. Bill Henderson is a wildlife biologist, who works part time for ExxonMobil, typically as a consultant developing environmental impact statements. Kowalski hires Henderson, an avid hunter and outdoors-man, to protect the team from dangerous wild animals such as polar bears, grizzlies, and wolves.

Members of the Tutores Contra Infernum

The following are members of the Tutores Contra Infernum (informally known as The Order), an ancient secret society of sorcerers and sorceresses dedicated to defending humanity from demon incursions.

High Council

The members of the High Council (Consula/female and Consul/male) form the governing body of The Order. It consists of a prime minister (i.e., the head of the council) and various ministers responsible for locations (e.g., North America) or subject matters (e.g., military, science, and intelligence).

Consula Alessandra Romano

Consula Alessandra RomanoConsula Alessandra Romano is the head of the High Council of the Tutores Contra Infernum.

Consula Romano was born into a noble family in Florence in 1504, during the height of the Italian Renaissance. As both her father and mother were powerful members of the Order, she was inducted as a child and rapidly rose through the ranks, eventually attaining the position of Consula of the High Council, The Order’s governing body in 1897. A master of politics and intrigue, she has ruled the High Council with an iron fist inside a velvet glove ever since. She surrounds herself with highly capable councilors, wisely listening to their advice before making her own decisions. She does not suffer fools lightly. She is based in Rome, the location of The Order’s headquarters.

When dealing with mundane high society, Consula Romano plays the role of the reclusive and wealthy Contessa Romano. Secure in her self-image, she has purposely permitted her body to gracefully age so that she appears to be a healthy vibrant woman in her late 60s. With gray hair and clear blue eyes, she is regal in bearing and always impeccably dressed in designer clothes from the most exclusive fashion houses of Milan and Paris.

Consul Bertrand Bedeau

Consul Bertrand BedeauConsul Bertrand Bedeau was born in 1515 in Paris and was appointed to the High Council in 1897. Flawlessly attired in the finest hand-tailored suits, he appears with the help of the youth potion and glamour spell to be a handsome man in his early-fifties with intelligent brown eyes, straight black hair, and a neatly-trimmed mustache and beard.

A renowned demonologist, Consul Bedeau has deep expertise in all things demonic including their language (both spoken and written), their culture, and the history of their incursions. He is also one of The Order’s leading experts in devilstones including their use in casting spells.

Consul Bedeau owns a chateau and vineyard in the Rhone River valley just outside of the city of Avignon in the South of France.

Liam Blakeslee

Consul Liam BlakesleeConsul Liam Blakeslee was born in 1782 into a prominent whaling family in Boston, Massachusetts. Of Irish ancestry, he appears to be in his mid-forties with hazel eyes and auburn hair, mustache, and beard. He became a member of The Order in 1801 when he was observed killing a devil he happened upon while carting harpoons from the town smithy to his ship. He joined the High Council in 1902 and is now the head of the North American Curiae, responsible for all North American activities of The Order.

Consul Dimitri Gregorovich

Consul Dimitri GregorovichConsul Dimitri Gregorovich is a member of the High Council and the head of its Intelligence Curiae. He is well known for his ability to interrogate captured high demons. He was born during the Russo-Swedish War in 1657 to noble parents in Moscow, Russia. Tall and thin, he has long gray hair and beard. He is very conservative and risk adverse. Gregorovich became an extreme proponent of keeping The Order secret, when in 1574 a mob captured his pregnant wife and burned her at the stake as a witch, while he was away fighting demons in Sweden.

Consul Maximilian Hofmeister

Consul Maximilian HofmeisterConsul Maximilian Hofmeister is a member of the High Council and head of its Military Curiae. He was born in 1304 in Vienna, Austria to a Teutonic knight. Attacks by demons have scarred his face and neck, cost him his left forearm, and given him a painful limp, forcing him to walk with the aid of a cane. Extremely proud of his warriors, he believes the order is perfectly able to beat the demons without need of the world’s militaries. Hofmeister had a relatively brief affair with Aileen O’Shannon during the Late Middle Ages, when they fought together putting down numerous demon incursions.


The Curatoria (Curatrix/female and Curator/male) are the rank and file members of The Order.

Curatrix Maxima Aileen O’Shannon

Curatrix Maxima Aileen O’ShannonCuratrix Maxima Aileen O’Shannon was born in Ireland 1703 years ago during the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. Her great age requires her to use both the youth potion and a glamour spell to give her the appearance of someone in their early twenties. Tall and thin, she appears to be strikingly beautiful with long, straight, ginger-red hair, green eyes, and a smattering of freckles. Her actual appearance is that of a very old woman with thin, silver-gray hair.

Aileen joined The Order as a young girl after a pack of hell hounds attacked her village and killed her parents. Her continuing desire to avenge their deaths is the reason why she has remained a warrior in The Order’s Military Curiae despite being sufficiently old to retire or take a position on the High Council. Based in Fairbanks, she is ordinarily responsible for stopping demon incursions in Alaska.

A survivor of Jack Oswald’s ill-fated expedition to study the mysterious holes that opened up along Alaska’s North Slope, Aileen bears witness to Armageddon in the book Hell Holes, To Hell and Back, the third book in the Hell Holes series.

Curator Maxima Jason Castellanos

Curator Maxima Jason CastellanosCurator Maxima Jason Castellanos was born around 410 BCE in Sparta during the Peloponnesian War between that city state and its rival, Athens. The oldest member of The Order’s Military Curiae, he requires a glamour spell to give him the appearance of a man his late-fifties. He is of average height with brown eyes and dark brown hair, mustache, and neatly-trimmed beard that is mottled with gray.

Castellanos is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and responsible for killing demons that attack the US East Coast.

Curator Maxima Wang Cheng

Curator Maxima Wang ChengCurator Maxima Wang Cheng was born in 1569 during the reign of the Longqing Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. As a young man, he survived a demon attack on his small village on the banks of the Yellow River just south of the Great Wall. His bravery during the attack resulted in him being inducted into The Order. He emigrated to the United States in 1851 during the California gold rush.

A member of The Order’s Military Curiae, he is based in San Francisco and is responsible for hunting down demons in the Pacific Northwest.

Curatrix Maxima Faustina Giordano

Curatrix Maxima Faustina GiordanoCuratrix Maxima Faustina Giordano was born in the Italian-speaking part of southern Switzerland in 1821. Being relatively young, she needs no glamour spell; The Order’s youth potion by itself is sufficient to give her the body of someone in their mid-twenties. She is slender with long brown hair.

Giordano joined The Order after being rescued when a band of imps attacked the coach her family was traveling in while on the road to Geneva. An ambitious sorceress, she is the loyal personal assistant to Consula Alessandra Romano and therefore lives in Rome where the High Council is based.

Curatrix Alexis Alexandrova

Curatrix Curatrix Alexis AlexandrovaCuratrix Alexis Alexandrova is Consul Gregorovich’s personal assistant.

Curatrix Anala Archer

Curatrix Anala ArcherCuratrix Anala Archer was born in Calcutta in 1796, the illegitimate daughter of Jeffrey Archer, an English merchant working for the British East India Company and his Indian housekeeper. As a relatively young member of The Order, she relies on its youth potion and a heavy regimen of calisthenics and martial arts to give her the strong body of an athlete in their mid-twenties. She has inherited the brown eyes and straight brown hair of her mother, which she often wears in a pony tail.

When Anala’s father returned to England, he brought his daughter along as one of his servants. She was recruited into The Order after a band of demons killed her father during an attack on the Archer estate.

A member of The Order’s Military Curiae, she is based in San Francisco and is responsible for hunting down demons in the American southwest.

Curator Cosmo Bates

Curator Cosmo BatesCurator Cosmo Bates is a member of the Curia Physicum, the research arm of the Tutores Contra Infernum, and aleading expert on demon physiology.

Curator Arthur Davies

Curator Arthur DaviesCurator Arthur Davies was born in 1690 in a small village just outside of London. Having reached the age at which the effects of The Order’s youth potion weakens, he appears to be in his mid-fifties. He has dark brown hair and mustache while his short beard has turned mostly gray.

Davies is a member of the Curia Physicum, the research arm of the Tutores Contra Infernum. Based in London, Dr. Davies is a highly respected demonologist, has spent the last 250 years specializing in the interrogation of captured high demons and in the discovery of ways of countering their magic. Over the last century, he has also taken several sabbaticals from his work at The Order to earn six doctorates in biology, physics, and engineering at various universities including Stanford, MIT, and Oxford. Working with his colleagues in the Curia Physicum, he has developed a highly infectious, magically-enhanced virus that will be used to hopefully cause a catastrophic plague on the demon home world.

Curatrix Tabitha Freeman

Curatrix Tabitha FreemanCuratrix Tabitha Freeman was born a slave in 1798 on a cotton plantation in Mississippi. The result of plantation owner’s rape of one of his maids, she has warm brown skin, intelligent brown eyes, and curly black hair that she often wears in a bushy ponytail.

When a devil masquerading as a southern gentleman attacked the plantation when Tabitha was a young woman working as a cook in the big house, she helped Aileen O’Shannon kill the demon by attacking it from behind with a meat cleaver. In gratitude, the sorceress rescued her, sponsored her induction into The Order, and accepted the young woman as her apprentice and sister in arms.

A member of The Order’s Military Curiae, she is based in Seattle and is responsible for killing demons in the Upper Midwest.

Curatrix Ceana McClelland

Curatrix Ceana McClellandCuratrix Ceana McClelland was born in 1939 in Topeka, Kansas. The youngest member of the Order present, she is a muscular with brown hair and eyes. She joined The Order when a band of imps murdered her husband and kidnapped her three-year-old child. She has been seeking revenge ever since.

She is member of The Order’s Military Curiae. She is based in Chicago and is responsible for killing demons in the Midwest. A rising star who has an inordinate number of kills to her credit for such a young curatrix, she hopes to be so successful during the Demon War that she will become the youngest Curatrix Maxima in 350 years.

Curator Michael McFarlane

Curator Michael McFarlaneCurator Michael McFarlane was Maximilian Hofmeister’s personal assistant.

Members of the Military


The following military officers are responsible for the US military defense of Alaska:

Lieutenant General Jason Robertson

Lieutenant General Jason RobertsonLieutenant General Jason Robertson is commander of the 11th Air Force and responsible for the planning and execution of all Homeland Defense operations within theater, including security and civil support actions. Placed me in command of the human military response to the demon invasion in Alaska by the Joint Chiefs. He is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, which is a combined Air Force and Army base located just outside of Anchorage.

Colonel Yoshie Nakamoto

Colonel Yoshie NakamotoColonel Yoshie Nakamoto is the Eielson base commander as well as commander of the 354th Fighter Wing.

Colonel Enrique Rodriguez

Colonel Enrique RodriguezColonel Enrique Rodriguez is the commander of the 3rd Wing and is responsible for air dominance, command and control of combat operations, and air mobility.

Colonel Michael Landsman

Colonel Michael LandsmanColonel Michael Landsman represents the US Army and is the commander of the 1st Stryker Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Wainwright.

Lieutenant Colonel Joe Conrad

Lieutenant Colonel Joe ConradLieutenant Colonel Joe Conrad represents the Alaska Army National Guard and is responsible for coordinating all Guard activities involved with defending Alaska and evacuating civilians.

Special Forces A Team

The following are the twelve green berets who are members of the US Army Special Forces Operational Detachment A (also known as an ODA or “A Team”) that takes part in the assault on the hell hole. A part of the 1st Special Forces Group headquartered at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle, they all have significant combat experience in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are also cross-trained in each other’s specialties, roles, and responsibilities.

Captain Aaron Greenwald

Captain Aaron GreenwaldCaptain Aaron Greenwald is the detachment commander. He has overall command authority and responsibility for the A Team and the entire assault on the hell hole. Originally from a small town in Wyoming, he is a natural leader, extremely competent, and highly qualified for his position.

Chief Warrant Officer Anthony (Tony) Thompson

Chief Warrant Officer Anthony (Tony) ThompsonChief Warrant Officer Anthony (Tony) Thompson is the assistant detachment commander and Captain Greenwald’s second in command. From upstate New Yorker, he comes from a long line of soldiers going back to the Civil War.

Staff Sergeant Isaac Addison

Staff Sergeant Isaac AddisonStaff Sergeant Isaac Addison is one of the team’s two engineer sergeants and has primary responsibility for the demon plague drones. He is the only member of the team who grew up in Alaska as the son of an oil roughneck. For him, the invasion is especially personal.

Master Sergeant Jefferson Black

Master Sergeant Jefferson BlackMaster Sergeant Jefferson Black is the team’s operations sergeant (better known as the “team sergeant”). The most experienced member of the attachment, he is the team’s senior non-commissioned officer and responsible for all operations of the team.

Staff Sergeant Zachary Charles

Staff Sergeant Zachary CharlesStaff Sergeant Zachary Charles is the team’s other medical sergeant. Before joining the Army, he work briefly as an emergency medical technician and ambulance driver.

Staff Sergeant Kenneth (Kenny) Crowley

Staff Sergeant Kenneth (Ken) CrowleyStaff Sergeant Kenneth (Kenny) Crowley is the other weapons sergeant assigned responsibility for the bomb and will take over in the event that Sergeant Masterson is killed, disabled, or captured.

Sergeant First Class William (Bill) Masterson

Sergeant First Class William (Bill) MastersonSergeant First Class William (Bill) Masterson is one of the team’s two weapons sergeant. An expert in all manner of weapons, he has primary responsibility for the thermonuclear bomb including arming, emplacement, and detonation.

Sergeant First Class Dane Michaels

Sergeant First Class Dane MichaelsSergeant First Class Dane Michaels is one of the team’s two medical sergeants. Specialized in emergency medicine and trauma management, he has overall responsibility for care of any wounded.

Sergeant First Class Adam Nicholson

Sergeant First Class Adam NicholsonSergeant First Class Adam Nicholson is one of the team’s two communications sergeants. He is responsible for the care and operation of the communications equipment, especially communications back through the portal.

Sergeant First Class Joseph O’Conner

Sergeant First Class Joseph O’ConnerSergeant First Class Joseph O’Conner is the team’s assistant operations and intelligence sergeant. He is responsible for collecting intelligence on the demons.

Staff Sergeant Robert (Rob) Schneider

Staff Sergeant Robert (Rob) SchneiderStaff Sergeant Robert (Rob) Schneider is the team’s other communications sergeant. One of his secondary tasks is to bring back any communications devices used by the demons.

Staff Sergeant Kodiak (Cody) Wolfe

Sergeant Kodiak (Cody) WolfeStaff Sergeant Kodiak (Cody) Wolfe is the team’s other engineer sergeant. He is responsible for launching the second set of plague drones as well as performing any non-nuclear demolitions that might be needed. Growing up in a family that owns and operates a fireworks business, blowing things up is in his blood.

Foreign Military

The following are members of foreign military who act as liaisons to their military organizations.

Wing Commander Nigel Blackbourne

Wing Commander Nigel BlackbourneWing Commander Nigel Blackbourne represents Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force out of Base Mildenhall. He commands the UK airmen who are at the Eielson AFB to take part of the training exercise Operation Red Flag.

Group Captain Brandon Sellers

Group Captain Brandon SellersGroup Captain Brandon Sellers represents the Royal Australian Air Force out of Base Glenbrook. He commands the Australian airmen who are at the Eielson AFB to take part of the training exercise Operation Red Flag.

Sergeant Sam Novoigak

Sergeant Sam NovoigakSergeant Sam Novoigak is a member of the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. Based at CFNA HQ, he acts as the Canadian Army’s liaison to the US defense of Alaska.

Other Humans

Dr. Ester Adelstein

Dr. Ester AdelsteinDr. Ester Adelstein is a principal engineer at the Israeli defense contractor UVision Air and is a senior systems engineer on program that creates the UAV used to spread the plague virus on the demon homeworld

Adam Anderson

Adam AndersonOne of only two survivors of a refugee convoy that was overrun by demons south of Coldfoot, Adam Anderson is a slender nine-year-old boy with brown hair, hazel eyes, and a smattering of freckles. Adam and his little sister, Amy, were rescued by Dr. Jack Oswald, Dr. Angela Menendez, and Aileen O’Shannon as they fled south toward Fairbanks.

Amy Anderson

Amy AndersonThe six-year-old sister of Adam Anderson, Amy Anderson is the second orphan survivor of the convoy attacked south of Coodfoot.

Mr. Charles Baker

Mr. Charles BakerMr. Charles Baker is is a Paramilitary Operations Officer with the CIA who was sent to Eileson AFB to interrogate demonic prisoners.

Dr. Janice Browne

Dr. Janice BrowneDr. Janice Browne is the Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security. Reporting directly to the President Warren’s National Security Advisor, Dr. Browne provides daily reports to the National Security Council and conveys orders from the President.

Dr. James Castleman

Dr. James CastlemanDr. James Castleman is professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He is part of the team of experts researching demon physiology and ways to kill them. In his mid-60s with short gray hair and a large full white beard and moustache, he stands well over six-foot tall.

Dr. Leland (Lee) Curtis

Dr. Leland CurtisDr. Leland (Lee) Curtis is a noted exobiologist from the Center for Astrobiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB). He is the scientist assigned to the assault team that will attack the second hell hole. Like Dr. Jack Oswald, he will be responsible for taking scientific measurements and making observations of the demon’s homeworld.

Dr. Lawrence Shaw

Dr. Lawrence ShawDr. Lawrence Shaw is a principal engineer, who works at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of a team performing research and development of potential upgrades to the US nuclear arsenal. He trains the attack team on the use of the modified B-61 variable-yield thermonuclear bomb they will use to destroy the demon’s portal system.

Paul Chapman

Paul ChapmanPaul Chapman is a human slave that is rescued during the attack on the demon portal system. Now in his late-thirties, he was captured by demons and taken to Hell when he was only 15-years-old. Over the years, he has been a field slave, a gladiator, and finally a bodyguard owned by one of top engineers maintaining the portal complex.

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