Rim to Rim

When Hack’s cover artist Jonny M.’s brother Joe (an outdoorsman who serves as the inspiration for the Junior Ranger books) told Hack that he was “doing the Grand Canyon rim to rim,” it set Hack’s imagination on fire. All Joe meant was that he would be hiking from the south to north rim of the canyon (or the north to south rim, I didn’t care enough to confirm which one) but, Hack being Hack, he thought “rim to rim” meant some kind of deviant sexual practice. So he wrote this book, getting around the wholesome business model of Boys Adventures by making Lucifer the sicko who leads Joe down the path of perversion and pretending the thing was actually a religious parable.

It sold like gangbusters in the Bible Belt and won an award from the Catholic Legion of Decency.

No Shit, Sherlock

Hack penned this while alternately bingeing episodes of the BBC Sherlock Holmes series with Jeremy Brett, Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and old Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone while playing the storm sequence from Back to the Future on YouTube on a loop in the background, all while guzzling Jack Daniels. He doesn’t remember writing a word of it but he woke up in a pool of his own tears and vomit with the manuscript in a neat pile next to his typewriter.

Silk Stockings

Happy Nylon Stockings Day! (Yes, we know the title of the book is Silk Stockings. Hack was supposed to title it Nylon Stockings in honor of the holiday but he changed it because – as he put it – “You’ll see silk stockings draped over an armoire in a Parisian cathouse, while you’ll find nylon stockings hiding the vericose veins of a late-middle aged paralegal at a stockholders meeting.” We saw his point.)