Richard Wright

author of strange, dark fictions


Hiram’s Almost-Birthday

July 2, 2011 by Richard Wright in Journal, Writing

I have suddenly become snowed under with bits and writing pieces, which is not entirely a bad thing, but does mean I’m late for one deadline and brushing up against a couple more. Busy is good, but my head will be down most of this weekend. My current workload includes the December Book, an Iris Wildthyme story, a second novel project I’ll be announcing in the next couple of months, a stageplay, a second story I won’t tell you about for a while, and more. Hurty head time.

That said, it occurred to me yesterday that my novella Hiram Grange and the Nymphs of Krakow will have been a year in print from Shroud Publishing come July. That’s quite something, well worth reminding you all of. If you’ve only recently joined up, Hiram is a drug-addled, alcoholic celebrity stalker and sex pest. He is also, unfortunately, the guardian of the thin places between this reality and others, and the only man standing between us and the creatures of the night. It’s almost enough to forgive him his trespasses.

In my contribution to his life story, he’s bound for snowy Krakow on the trail of  a creature that rises from the water to kill men of poor character, but as Malcolm McClinton’s fantastic cover generously hints at, he runs into a little more than he’s bargained for. The novella is a short, fast read, and people have said various nice things about it, thus:

“Twisted, shocking and full of pitch-black humor and darkly original twists. One of the best books I’ve read this year.” – Brian Keene

“A good old fashioned rollicking tale of mysticism and mayhem. The pages turn themselves.” Steven Savile

“It was a wicked good ride through some dark, twisted avenues with a demented savior… a gritty and sexy balls-to-the-walls adventure. If you’re a fan of dark urban fantasy like me, then you’ll rejoice upon finding this treasure trove.” – Rebecca Baumann, Dirty Sexy Books.

“In a realm of already murky morality, Wright has dumped Hiram into a fog shrouded mire where once-pure intentions are taking on a sinister tinge. He has done a marvelous job of ramping up the consequences here and it makes for a riveting read.”Anton Cancre, Horrornews

So, in honour of the book’s nearly birthday, I hope you’ll make the quick jump over to Amazon or and place a quick order. By the time the book turns up on your doorstep, it may be its birthday proper. You don’t need to get it anything, it doesn’t mind. Reading it is gift enough*. If you really feel the need to mark the occasion, a quick review at the online bookstore you bought it from never hurts.

There will, at some point, be more Hiram Grange fiction on the loose. If you’re on Facebook and want to keep up to date, liking his personal page is the lowest energy way of achieving that.

Right, hurty head back down. See you on the other side.


*Although it’s a big fan of cake.

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