My pal Nikki’s story A CHICK, A DICK, AND A WITCH WALK INTO A BAR was released yesterday, kicking off Pro Se Productions’ new Single Shot Digital Line. Here’s the jacket synopsis:
When a Hungarian immigrant out to live the American Dream rents a room to a private detective with his own aspirations, voodoo and demon chickens must follow, right?
They do in Author Nikki Nelson-Hicks’ A CHICK, A DICK, AND A WITCH WALK INTO A BARN, the first in Hicks’ Pro Se Single Shot Signature Series featuring her original character, Jake Istenhegyi, The Accidental Detective.
When Jake Istenhegyi inherited a used bookstore in New Orleans, he thought he had finally found a haven. Thousands of miles away from the political unrest in Budapest as well as his mother’s Gypsy clan, that had hounded him since he was a boy. Here, he could hide away and spend his days reading and drinking coffee in peace and quiet.
Then he rented out a room to Barrington “Bear” Gunn, WWI vet and aspiring gumshoe who dreamed of living the life of his detective pulp heroes. Bear bartered his services to people in very low places and, in the end, pulled Jake down with him, enrolling him in a business that never goes out of business: fighting evil.
Jake never wanted adventure or mystery. He’s always been allergic to things that go AAAARGH in the night. They make him break out in blood. And not always his blood.
A CHICK, A DICK, AND A WITCH WALK INTO A BARN by Nikki Nelson-Hicks. The first installment of the JAKE ISTENHEGYI, THE ACCIDENTAL DETECTIVE Pro Se Single Shots Signature Series.
I had the pleasure of reading an earlier draft of this story last year, and I enjoyed the hell out of it. The story is a blend of pulp noir and weird fiction, so if that pushes all the right buttons for you, be sure to check it out. Pro Se’s offering the story for just 99 cents on Kindle at the moment, so you should get on that right now.
Bonus: Here’s a photo of Nikki (left), SmashCake editor Tracy Lucas (right), and some weirdo the met in Kentucky at a book signing.