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.

Inappropriate

When Hack’s cover artist Jonny M. took his beloved friend Snow Mercy to see a play starring Jonny’s old pal Eddie Frierson (who Snow was lucky enough to have never met), Frierson saw them afterwards and told Snow that he felt like he already knew her through her many depictions in Jonny’s “inappropriate” social media posts. Hack was so delighted at Jonny being taken down in front of a hot chick like that that he wrote this novel to immortalize it.