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Hiram Week: Village of the Damned

January 13, 2014 by Richard Wright in Journal, News, Writing

village of the damnedLock your doors and open your absinthe. It begins now. Welcome to Hiram Week. Click the cover on the left, and buy his first book. The next four, if you follow us through the next few days, you can have for free.

In 2010 Shroud Publishing released five standalone paperback novellas, 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.

No ebooks were ever released for any but the first in the series. Until now.

Last week all of the Hiram Grange adventures were quietly released for the Kindle, complete with all of the art and design that made the paperbacks stand out from crowd. This week is Hiram Week, where we formally launch them. After so long a wait we thought it only proper that those of you who are paying attention should probably get them for free.

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 at its most anarchic.

Every day, apart from today, you can get one of the Hiram books for free. The schedule is below, but I’ll be reminding you by blog as we go along. The sole exception is the first book, Hiram Grange and the Village of the Damned by Jake Burrows. That one’s cheap but not free – $1.49 in the US, less than £1 in the UK, and something equivalent in other Amazon stores worldwide. You should go and buy it now. If you stick with us it’s the only one you’ll need to buy in order to have the whole collection on your Kindle. It has psychotic garden gnomes in it. Multiple Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry finished it, threw open his window, and cried out “Jake Burrows has created a weird, disturbed, deeply troubled and darkly funny hero… Quirky, creepy — way too much sick fun…”. When his adoring crowd of gathered acolytes heard this, six broke into revelatory tears, and four died in the stampede to acquire a copy.

When I first read it I didn’t know it was going to be as funny as it is, and laughed out loud more often than I expected.

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, if you like that sort of thing.

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

But seriously? $1.49? Go and buy the book now, before you forget.

And come back tomorrow, for more of this…

Hiram week

Links to each of the books at your local Amazon are below, in case you want a glimpse at what’s coming…

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

Hiram Grange and the Chosen One by Kevin Lucia

Hiram Grange and the Nymphs of Krakow by Richard Wright

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