A while back I started writing about two elderly men who set off on a Sam and Dean Winchester-style hunting adventure. I gave Richard, the more ornery of the two, a fantastically colorful vocabulary inspired by the bizarre sayings and metaphors my own father had for very nearly every situation you can imagine. I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun writing a story. These two guys came alive for me and set up house in my heart.
Imagine my delight, then, over the past several weeks, as the rest of the world has started to notice and delight in Richard and Stanley as well.
First, I was thrilled to accept a contract with Scarsdale Publishing to turn Curmudgeon into a series. All the details will be coming ASAP, but for now, just know that the two ornery octogenarians have at least four more adventures ahead of them.
Then, just last week, I was humbled and honored when Curmudgeon received a 2018 Watty Award in the “wildcard” category. Since then, thousands of readers have joined the adventure and the overwhelming response is that they’re falling in love, too.
If you’d like more info, here’s the 411:
Richard had always believed he’d enjoy a few golden years before Death’s bony hand reached for him. But what does he get? He gets to live across the hall from friggin’ Stan Kapcheck with his shiny bald head and perfect teeth that were all his own, Stan Kapcheck who struts around like a peacock in his leather coat.
Honestly! What kind of respectable senior citizen wears leather?
But Stanley isn’t your average senior citizen. He’s a Hunter–a slayer of all things unnatural. He reveals to Richard that the one monster which has eluded him is the same beast that killed Richard’s wife and it’s due to kill again before the next new moon. The two men load up on ibuprofen and prune juice and embark on a cross-country demon-hunting adventure, but when The Devil Herself kidnaps Stanley, Richard realizes the line between Hunter and hunted is very thin, indeed, and the ornery octogenarian only has a few days left to trap The Devil, save Stanley, and slay the monster who murdered his bride.