Del Rey Spectra 50 Page Fridays – Special Holiday Wednesday Edition!: Kevin Hearne


Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it be science fiction, epic fantasy, alternate history, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, the possibilities are endless.

Happy Holidays! We’re getting in the spirit of things via a BONUS Wednesday Edition of Del Rey Spectra 50 Page Fridays, featuring a special holiday short story by a new author on the Del Rey roster, Kevin Hearne.

Hearne’s protagonist, the Celtic Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, is a joy to read. Hearne chronicles O’Sullivan’s exploits in the Iron Druid Chronicles, which are due out this spring. FACT 1: these books are awesome. (FACT 2: One of the perks of working here @ DRS is that you get to read things in advance, which is also awesome.) Here’s what Kevin’s editor, Tricia Pasternak, had to say about Kevin, Atticus, this holiday short, and the upcoming series:

“Gnomes. Faeries. Kobolds. They’re hardly the stuff that Christmas dreams and wishes are made of….but then again, Kevin Hearne isn’t exactly your ordinary author. Kevin is an urban fantasy author set to make his debut in 2011 with the first book in his Iron Druid Chronicles, Hounded, starring the unforgettable hero we meet in this short story, Atticus O’Sullivan. This delightful holiday short makes one wicked little stocking stuffer—a dark, funny, magical tale that’s as original, inventive, and witty as Kevin’s novels.
So the best part about this story is that it’s a gift that keeps on giving. If you love it, there’s more to come from Kevin Hearne in the New Year. We’re so sure fans are going to fall in love with Kevin’s Iron Druid series, we’re publishing the first three books within three months: Hounded in April ’11, Hexed, in May, and Hammered in June. And so here’s a bold prediction for 2011–Kevin Hearne will be your new favorite author. And be sure to visit Kevin at”

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Please enjoy this Kevin Hearne short story, and be sure to check out his upcoming urban fantasy series the Iron Druid Chronicles, due out in the spring: Hounded on April 19, Hexed on  May 24, and Hammered on June 28.