WATT O’HUGH UNDERGROUND, THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED SECOND BOOK IN THE WATT O’HUGH SERIES IS ARRIVING ON MAY 20, 2014, ALONG WITH A REISSUE OF BOOK ONE, BOTH WITH SPANKING NEW COVERS AND ARTWORK! TILL THEN, BOOK ONE IS UNAVAILABLE AND OUT OF PRINT, BUT NOT FOR LONG!
Watt O’Hugh III is a self-made man, Civil War vet, Time Roamer, former orphan of the New York slums and dime novel hero of the lost, magical West of the 1870s – and his riotous adventures mark one of the most original literary fantasy novels in recent memory.
When O’Hugh returns to New York as the star of a Wild West show, he thinks his ship has come in. But that’s before he wakes up in a Wyoming penitentiary facing a murder charge, a corrupt Wall Street banker turned outlaw and a 2000-year-old Chinese mystery that could change the world forever.
All he really wants is to woo Lucy Billings again, the woman he loved and lost in a gilded New York City before the War ….
STEVEN DRACHMAN is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Phoenix, Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice and The Chicago Sun-Times. This is his first novel.
PRAISE FOR STEVEN S. DRACHMAN AND THE GHOSTS OF WATT O’HUGH
“A fine writer, and a fine fellow ….” - Raymond Kennedy, author, Ride a Cockhorse (NYRB Classics)
“[An] engaging tale of Western science fiction and amazing fantasy…. Drachman pens a standout lead in the character of Watt O’Hugh. The cool hero’s tale is told in charming, romping detail, from the magical adventurer’s poor childhood in the Five Points and the Tomb[s], to his notorious, gun-toting dalliances in the Wild West and his wilder exploits through time itself. … Adding legitimate historical figures, such as the esteemed author Oscar Wilde, to the fictional mix builds levels of believability to the time-traveling romp’s fast-paced flavor. … Fast-paced, energetic and fun; a dime novel for modern intellectuals.” - Kirkus Reviews
“If you gave up on the feasibility of a Western/science fiction mash-up when ‘Cowboys vs Aliens’ tanked a few months back, give it another try. On the page, at any rate. … Drachman revives the nascent genre with his rip-snorting, mind boggling novel, The Ghosts of Watt O’Hugh … [T]here’s a lot going on in this teeming tome!” – Peter Keough, The Boston Phoenix
“Watt O’Hugh is a tale of yesteryear, evocative of Robber Barons and the old West, while ingeniously narrated from a modern perspective, courtesy of Magic and an ability to roam Time. Watt O’Hugh is a character for sure and an engaging narrator who will take you through fascinating worlds, meticulously researched …. Watt O’Hugh is cowboy fantasy noir and worth a read.” - Mike Brotherton, author, Star Dragon and Spider Star (Tor)
“ … a triumph of genre bending, a fine, literary mashup of cowboy adventure and science fiction magic that makes you wish you could meet its carefully hewn characters in real life.” - Harold Goldberg, author, All Your Base are Belong to Us (Random House)
“Love story, action-adventure, historical characters, time-travel science fiction– Watt O’Hugh has it all. A perfect read for those who like to delve into the realm of the offbeat.” – Granville Burgess, screenwriter, Tales from the Darkside, playwright, Conrack
“… a vivid, fast-paced and unpredictable journey, keenly observed and lyrically presented, through the life and times of a most unusual man.” - Helen Pfeffer, Contributing Writer, FilmCritic.com
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