HFR contributor Urban Waite just sold his two novels, The Terror of Living and Dead if I Don't at auction in New York City to Little Brown. The story collection is next. The Terror he wrote while on a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center about a drug deal gone horribly wrong on the Washington/Canada border, and in the aftermath, an ex-con trying to make a good life out of a bad past. There is even a guest appearance in the novel from Eddie Vasquez, the criminal friend in "Don't Look Away," the story that appeared in HFR #42, now anthologized in Best of the West. The second novel, set in Arizona around Maricopa County, is about a cartel hitman trying to repent, but ending up deeper and deeper in sin.
We couldn't be happier for Urban. He's a fantastic writer, and his success is well-deserved!