Down in the Hole: The unWired World of H.B. Ogden

by Joy DeLyria and Sean Michael Robinson

Humor / Satire / Television
6 x 8.5 inches
144 pages
32 original illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-57687-602-2
$22.95 CAD


Difficult. Tangled. Funny, dark, and, once, almost forgotten. The Wire, Horatio B. Ogden’s novel about the crime-ridden streets of ‘Bodymore’ was recently brought back to public light through the work of Joy DeLyria and Sean Michael Robinson.

Highly anticipated since its initial online appearance and immediate viral proliferation, first-time authors and ersatz Victorian scholars Joy DeLyria and Sean Michael Robinson have painstakingly created a satirical and fictional world based on the characters and narrative of television’s most loved drama, The Wire.

To be published in time to celebrate The Wire’s tenth anniversary, Down in the Hole: The unWired World of H.B. Ogden is a collection of excerpts and illustrations from The Wire, a Victorian serial novel of DeLyria and Robinson’s invention, credited to fictional author H.B. Ogden. Excerpts from Ogden’s work are knit together by the history of the novel, its author and illustrator, and the adventures of the passionate archivists who uncovered this forgotten text. DeLyria and Robinson have gone to great lengths to maintain the reality of the satirical world they have constructed, as in this early press release

In March, 2011 DeLyria and Robinson released a reappraisal of the work, accompanied by a brief excerpt and illustrations. ‘We were surprised and gratified by the reaction to the article,’ said Joy DeLyria. ‘Who knew there was such an audience for unknown Victorian-era serial fiction, especially in this junk culture of spin-offs, sequels and tired retreads.’

The Baltimore Sun writes: “…[This] quintessentially Victorian vision of Ogden’s The Wire…is a scintillating piece of faux-scholarship. It’s set in an alternate universe where the HBO series doesn’t exist—and where The Wire in any form, including Horatio Bucklesby Ogden’s, has yet to be discovered.”

Gawker asks: “So, how long before we can actually buy this illustrated version of The Wire? I’d put it on my Amazon wish list now if I could.”

Follow H.B. Ogden on Twitter: @OgdenWire

Comments are closed.