It's one of so many holy traditions in SF/F that the greatest characters in the canon be pitted against each other in a gory duel to the death, fang against sword against phaser.

Well, in the words of that august lunatic Dr. Dealgood, "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls... Dyin' time's here."


Suvudu, Random House's home for all things science fiction and fantasy, has announced the Suvudu Cage Match 2013. This battle royale of cosmic proportions features some of the most frightening, powerful, and frighteningly powerful characters in all of literature, and they're here to fight for your amusement.

Imagine Gandalf fighting Merlin. Or Smaug fighting the Dunwich Horror, spawn of the Outer God Yog-Sothoth. You can smell the blood and magic already.

Suvudu has aligned these beings with the four classical elements of air, earth, fire, and water. In the bracket, members of each faction do battle until only one is left standing.

Who will win? The Doctor or Professor Moriarty? Jekyll and Hyde or the Headless Horseman? Take a look at the Cage Match bracket and place your bets, because this will be good. Welcome to the Thunderdome. Two men/spirits/eldritch terrors enter; one...thing leaves.


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