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Hiram Week: The Chosen One – free today!

January 16, 2014 by Richard Wright in Journal, Writing

Hiram weekWelcome to Hiram Week. It is day three. Click the cover below, and download Hiram Grange and the Chosen One by Kevin Lucia to your kindle for free.

chosen oneIn 2010 Shroud Publishing released five standalone novellas in paperback, each detailing one of the singular and scandalous adventures of deviant globetrotting adventurer Hiram Grange. Each was written by a different author, had a cover and full page interior illustrations by Malcolm McClinton, and was designed throughout by Danny Evarts.

Every day this week you’ll be able to get a new book in the series for free. The schedule is below, but I’ll be reminding you by blog as we go along. Hiram Grange and the Chosen One takes Hiram out of the United States for the first time in the series, plonking him in Belfast amidst tentacles and faeries. When author Joseph D’Lacey read it he shook his head in disgust and stated flatly “H.P. Lovecraft meets Ian Fleming – and H.P. Lovecraft wins.” Much to his chagrin the book had settled a long standing argument between D’Lacey and the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society regarding who would have been victorious should Ian Fleming and Howard Lovecraft somehow had cause and opportunity to mud-wrestle one another for cash and glory. As part of his forfeit, Fleming fan D’Lacey now washes dishes at the labyrinthine headquarters of the Society at an undisclosed location somewhere in Essex County.

I was delighted when I read Chosen One (and a little intimidated that my book was going to have to follow it). It picks up the thriller mantle laid down by the previous volume, replaces technomancy with more traditionally occult nightmares, and has a genuinely wild time.

Hiram Grange is a deviant. He is, as one reviewer rightly described, a laundry list of character defects. He’s an alcoholic, a casual misogynist, a heavy drug user. If you had to choose one man on earth to pick up a weapon and defend us from creatures you can scarcely put names to, it would not be Hiram Grange.

Unfortunately, nobody gave you that choice.

Hiram GrangeNo two Hiram books are exactly alike, because no two Hiram authors are exactly alike. It is Hiram who remains constant through the series, and the horrific lunacy he is forced to confront. His adventures are short and fast paced, suitable to be read in a couple of days. They are pulp adventure fiction brought up to date.

My own piece of the Hiram puzzle, Hiram Grange and the Nymphs of Krakow, will be free on Friday. I once wrote four blogs about the development of the series here (or see the links on the top right), if you like that sort of thing.

You don’t have to download the rest of the series to enjoy The Chosen One. Although Hiram’s world changes across the course of the series, each book was written to include the information you need to know for that particular story. The growth of Hiram and his world is a nice extra, for those who begin at the beginning.

Go and download it now, before you forget.

And come back tomorrow, for my own entry in the Hiram series. It starts with a werebat, and ends on something with bigger wings and sharper teeth by far…

Links to each of the books at your local Amazon are below, in case you want a glimpse at what’s coming, or catch up with what you missed. If you prefer a paperback to an ebook, they’re available too (but not for free).

Hiram Grange and the Village of the Damned by Jake Burrows

Hiram Grange and the Twelve Little Hitlers by Scott Christian Carr

Hiram Grange and the Digital Eucharist by Robert Davies (still free for Kindle at time of writing)

Hiram Grange and the Chosen One by Kevin Lucia

Hiram Grange and the Nymphs of Krakow by Richard Wright

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“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

“I highly recommend the entire Hiram Grange Series and i will be looking into more of Wright’s work. Do yourself a service and use the link to the left to go over to Shroud and snag yourself a copy of the book, you WILL enjoy it.” – Kurt M. Criscione