Hiram Grange and the Village of the Damned: The Scandalous Misadventures of Hiram Grange
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Hiram Grange and the Village of the Damned: The Scandalous Misadventures of Hiram Grange

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Something wicked walks the streets of the picturesque New Hampshire village of Great Bay--something that has inexplicably risen from the grave to wreak a horrifying vengeance. Only one man can stop it--provided he can stay sober long enough to answer the call! Hiram Grange and the Village of the Damned introduces readers to the scurrilous boozer and malcontent, Hiram Grang...more
Paperback, 146 pages
Published November 23rd 2009 by Shroud Publishing, LLC
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Ginger Nuts
Note:- this is a five book novella series, each book can easily be read on its own, however as with these things starting with book one and reading through is much more rewarding.

As these are all fairly short novellas I'll review the series as a whole.

Hiram Grange is our last defence against the things that got bump in the night, however Hiram is no suave square jawed hero. Hiram is a flawed man with addiction to sex, opium, absinthe and a really unhealthy obsession to Jodie Foster.

Working for a...more
Hiram Grange and the Village of the Damned is the first of five novellas from Shroud Publishing, each written by a different author, detailing the misadventures of one Hiram Grange, a hard-drinking, drug-smoking occult investigator with an unhealthy obsession with Jodie Foster. This short introductory adventure pits Grange against a small legion of walking dead and garden gnomes (yes, garden gnomes) armed only with an antiquated revolver and a bayonet.

The overall story, while decent, utilizes a...more
Richard Wright
Another not entirely unbiased review, although I didn't write this book. Rather, along with the author Jake Burrows, I'm one of several authors contributing to the serial novellas that form The Scandalous Misadventures of Hiram Grange. This novella is the first in the series, and Jake launches the character and the series in fine style, littering the short novel with zombies, garden gnomes, and pestilences from the beyond. It's easily accessible, highly entertaining, and places several players i...more
This novella drew me in after the first few pages and I pretty much knocked it out in a single sitting.

Hiram Grange is an interesting character (with great musical taste, I must add). Burrows sets up the series (currently five books, each by a different author) with this unlikely hero preventing an uprising of the undead.

I am looking forward to the other four books in the series.

Angie Lisle

The quirky bit of this series is that many authors have contributed to its creation, reminding me of all the ghostwritten series I read as a kid. Except I know who the actual writers are in this series and, when I like one story better than the rest, I can go gorge on that writer's work.

In many ways, the anti-hero of this story, Hiram Grange, reminds me of Sherlock Holmes' mirror image. Or it might be easier to describe Grange as what would happen if Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes got s...more
G. Munson
I had a great time reading this book. It was ridiculous, super fast to read, and made me want to read more when I hit the last page. The story was silly enough to keep me reading and smiling without laughing out loud. Hiram is pretty much a tool, but made a great anti-hero because I loved to hate him. I also found myself wishing he would have gotten his head crushed with a sledgehammer, but since it didn't I think I'll read more. (That's not a spoiler...there are 5 books)
It's worth mentioning I'...more
Daniel R.
With Hiram Grange and the Village of the Damned, readers are introduced to a drug addicted wretch of a supernatural investigator, Hiram Grange. The first scene is pretty killer, wherein Grange is beset by an unlikely and ultimately funny pack of unlikely assailants through dark woods. Then, we get to the novel proper, and I did not laugh again.

One of the challenges with writing humor is: sometimes a writer's and reader's senses of humor just do not match. Alas, this was the case for me through m...more
In my usual burst of enthusiasm (and possibly OCD), I bought the entire series of Hiram Grange books. Sounded like exactly the sort of thing I love, and I couldn't wait to read them all.

Then I read the first one.

Some positives:

It's really short.
There are a few truly wonderful lines.
The cover art and depiction of Hiram Grange are spot on and really great.
Hiram is a very unusual and interesting character.

The negatives:

The story is disjointed and at times confusing.
And poorly written.
Hiram has an...more
I met Hiram Grange on a plane as I headed home from the East Coast. New Hampshire to be exact. The stench of booze and an air of miscreant hung about him. He was clearly a character one avoided in dark alleys and polite company. But as I quickly discovered, when the proverbial --- hits the fan, he is the man you want to find.

There are five amazing volumes in the Hiram Grange series. How to review them? They each stand alone, but are best taken all together. The stories are dynamic, bizarre, and...more
Paddy O'reilly
Funny, dark, and more than a little strange. I really enjoyed the historical references and the odd character nuances of Hiram Grange. He can be inept, but capable, has an obsession with Jodie Foster, and deals with pain through the use and abuse of absinthe and opium. I dig it. In this case, Hiram travels to a small New Hampshire village to investigate the reanimation of churchgoing and tea-tolling Juniper "Junebug" Griggs. There he finds that all hell has broken lose as the quirky residents of...more
Think I've found another anti-hero in Hiram Grange. Really enjoyed this book and will probably read the others.
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