June 16, 2020. Well, the book came out last year, and the publication party at the Chickadee Prince Bookstore was a rollicking success. (See photo below. I tried to upload a picture of the crowd, but I kept getting an error message and eventually gave up. You can see all that on the CPB home page and FB page.) The book got a great review in Library Journal, which led to some nice initial sales, and some really terrific reviews from the SF mags, including Fanbase Press and others. I traveled to my hometown and give a reading. (I wasn’t very good at that reading. I am not sure what it is about speaking down there, but each time, I choke.)
I’ve been writing a lot for Audere Magazine, and I’ve been tinkering with a few short stories, thinking about where the traumas of the 21st century will leave the world. I also have a lot of “Watt” stories left in my brain, but I think I will probably write a private Silmarillion-type summary (but a lot shorter!) for anyone who might be curious, after I am dead, as to how it all turns out.
I’m mostly trying now to figure out what my post-“Watt” career will be like. Maybe it will just be sitting on the beach, drinking some kind of drink, and reading poetry. Maybe I will find further use for my such-as-they-are fiction skills.
But I’ve finished my trilogy, and some several thousands of people have it on their shelves and their Kindles, many of them have read it, and many of them have liked it. (The “Rebel Rev” really doesn’t like it, but you can’t please everyone.)
Thanks for your support and please spread the word. I like hearing from readers, so please feel free to shoot me a message through my FB page.
My book tour!
September 5, 7:30 pm at the Bethesda Writer Center in Maryland: Free wine, beer and food! Steven S. Drachman reads from his acclaimed new historical fantasy novel, Watt O’Hugh and the Innocent Dead, set in New York, China, the Old West and Hell, back in the 19th century. Also featuring former CNN personality and crime writer John DeDakis and “Shoeless Joe” author Granville Wyche Burgess.
September 19, 6 pm, Chickadee Prince Bookstore, 63 West 38th Street – Free wine and food! Steven S. Drachman reads from his acclaimed new historical fantasy novel, Watt O’Hugh and the Innocent Dead, set in New York, China, the Old West and Hell, back in the 19th century. Plus an afterparty!
Book 3 Available … NOW!
June 1, 2019. Happy to announce that Book 3 of my trilogy, Watt O’Hugh and the Innocent Dead, will be published by Chickadee Prince Books on September 1, 2019; it is available for pre-order in trade paperback from your favorite local independent bookstore, from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and on Kindle. If you enjoyed the first two books, you will soon be able to see how it all turned out. Thanks for your support so far, and I hope you like my story.
Publication Date Set for Book 3
November 2, 2017
Happy to announce that Book 3, tentatively entitled Watt O’Hugh in the Hell of the Innocent Dead, is set for publication in the Spring of 2019. I wish it had been sooner. But better late than never.
The publisher, Chickadee Prince Books, has just gotten a nice new budget that should carry them for a couple of years, so I will look forward to seeing you then.
In the meantime, please do spread the word.
No News is Good News?
June 4, 2017
I had sort of forgotten about this page, to be honest with you, and now I see that I have not updated it for almost 2 years. Is that because there is no news about Watt? Yes! I have been writing Book 3 sporadically, and I think you’ll be happy with it, and I have been updating my blog, which you can see here , and I’ve been lending my assistance to Chickadee Prince Books, which publishes the Watt series. (For more about CPB, take a look here.) But as Watt himself, he is waiting for Book 3 to conquer the universe again, which I currently expect will be the Spring of 2019 or the Fall of 2018, and so this page will stay pretty static till then. To be bluntly honest, Watt-Mania has died down to almost nothing as a result of the Hamlet-like care I am giving the next book, but I hope and expect that all will change.
I have not given up. Thank you for your patience!
Watt O’Hugh FREE On Kindle For 3 Days Only!
July 14, 2015.
The acclaimed Ghosts of Watt O’Hugh, published by Chickadee Prince Books, is free for 3 days this week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday! So way not download it. Really, why not?
Watt O’Hugh Underground Available Now!
May 22, 2014.
The acclaimed Ghosts of Watt O’Hugh was reissued by Chickadee Prince Books, along with Watt O’Hugh Underground, the all-new Book 2 in the trilogy, both with spanking new cover art. Which means you may now buy it!
This semi-seminal event was celebrated on Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at The Community Bookstore on 7th Avenue, the famous bookstore from the Louis CK show, where both Chloe Sevigny and Parker Posey work.
If you’d like more information on the re-release and on other info, like readings and giveaways, join the Watt mailing list (email email@example.com or “like” the Memoirs of Watt O’Hugh on Facebook). The cover art was done by the great Mark Matcho (you may have seen his work in many places, including all over town in every bookstore window on the cover of Carl Hiaasen’s Bad Monkey), all publicity is handled by Wunderkind PR, and David Groff was the editor.
Please spread the word, and thanks for your enthusiasm!