As described in a small local newspaper, The Ladue News,
Several famous writers who dabbled in the horror genre, including Dante, Mary Shelley, Goethe, Bram Stoker, Lord Byron, Christopher Marlowe, Edgar Allan Poe, Horace Walpole, the Marquis de Sade and The Brothers Grimm, compete against each other as they present their selections of the grisly and macabre. The winner gets a ticket out of purgatory skyward into heaven, while the loser heads to Hades.
Satan presides over the ceremonies and the audience picks winners and losers. I don't remember who won but de Sade's act got pulled off the stage.