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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Who is Hiram Grange, and why should I care?


Hiram Grange by Malcolm McClinton


Hiram Grange Character Sketch by Johnny Acurso

Over the past month I have been working with a select group of writers and a couple different artists in order to produce, what I believe, to be the one of the most entertaining anti-heroes in modern dark literature.

I had started with a core idea: Hiram Grange, an awkward and gangly unlikely hero who suffers addictions to absinthe, opium, and sex. A man as flawed and complex as he is capable and deadly.

Hiram is a clandestine operative for a secret organization funded and controlled by a sect within the Freemasons.

I solicited input from a group of very talented writers who I had published previously either in the magazine or in one of Shroud's anthologies. From their input we established a detailed set of traits, plot points, and background for Hiram--all of which we stashed away in the Hiram Grange Bible.

Our primary goal was to create a five-novella series for Hiram, each detailing a separate but connected supernatural adventure. In each novella, Hiram investigates areas of confluence--geographic regions that are hotbeds of supernatural activity. In an area of confluence, Hiram may encounter the undead, lycanthropes, vampires, or any number of otherworldly entities.

Based upon our collaboration, we succeeded in coming up with five distinct novella plot lines that are connected by an over-arching thread. Richard Wright, one of our authors, suggested that the five novellas would represent the first "season" of the Hiram Grange Chronicles. We decided that depending upon the success of "Season One" we would continue with Seasons 2+.

Everyone that I have shared Hiram with has found him compelling, exciting, humorous, and complex. I strongly believe that, as readers, you will too.

So, for the first time ever, I am releasing the tentative title selection for first season of the Hiram Grange Chronicles:

Book One: Hiram Grange and the Village of the Damned, Jake Burrows
Book Two: Hiram Grange and the Hitler Gene, Scott Carr
Book Three: Hiram Grange and the Digital Eucharist, Robert Davies
Book Four: Hiram Grange and the Chosen One, Kevin Lucia
Book Five: Hiram Grange and the Nymphs of Krakow, Richard Wright

These will al be illustrated!


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