See Note Below

A Guide to the Darby Chronicles has been expanded and refined on <>

I’ve written some fifty essays about Darby and completed a collection of poems that appear in the new website. But the main part of the new site is imagery, digital artwork by yours truly. I’ve already published more than thirty original drawings, most of them of fictional Darby, New Hampshire. My Goal is to recreate Darby visually–the landscape, the architecture, the interiors. However, I do not plan at this time to draw any of characters that appear in the seven Darby novels. I think the people are best left to the imagination of my readers.

Ernest Hebert

24 thoughts on “See Note Below

  1. I’ve enjoyed all of your darby books and Never back Down but I was really impressed with The Old American.. Wow.. I’m Sean McElhiney’s father.

    Wish I had your talent

  2. Thanks for your comments, Rick. Another Darby novel is in the works. I really enjoyed writing THE OLD AMERICAN, based somewhat on my father and father-in-law, two old guys who lived with my family until they passed on. I also loved doing the research for THE OLD AMERICAN. We know a lot about what historical figures did, but so little about their interior lives. It’s what is inside people that interests me as a fiction writer.

  3. My AP English Literature class just finished THE DOGS OF MARCH (which I absolutely adored), and we’re currently working on a project that incorporates research into artistic pieces reflecting characters from the book, themes, or anything that resonated with us. I’m trying to get inside Howard’s head and picture the progress he’s made since he started taking night classes; I thought I’d write a letter from Howard to Freddy expressing his regret for losing his son, since he’s slowly overcoming his struggles with finding the right words to describe his emotions. Any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated!

  4. just got back to your blog. A lot going on with my wife’s health issues.
    looking forward to the new Darby Novel

  5. Mr. Hebert, I have sent a letter to your e-mail address inviting you to particpate in our Tory Hill Readers Series in Warner, NH this summer. I look forward to hearing from your.
    Rebecca Courser for the Warner Historical Society.

  6. I posted on your Twitter page that I too was born in Elliot Community Hospital in Keene on May 4th. But in 1940. I graduated from Marlborough High School in 1958, before the Marlborough kids were sent to Keene. I got my BA from UNH. I am a Cheshire county native and love your stories about the county so much I feel I am a yet to be described character character in one of your novels. I’ve read all your books and I don’t have a favorite. All the Darby related ones form one continuing story and I’d like to read more of them.. I send you this message in appreciation of your wonderful writing.

  7. Great to hear from you, Gary. You made my day. There’s a new Darby book in the offing, working title is DARBY DOOMSDAY. It’s been accepted by the publisher and will come out in 2014. It’s about the last days of Howard Elman–maybe! It begins with birthday party for Cooty Patterson’s 100th Birthday Party. The title refers to a computer game that Birch Latour, Howard’s grandson, is creating. Some time later this year I’m going to start blogging about the Darby series, writing notes about the background of the series, stuff that is in my head but not in the books. … Another May 4 baby. It’s a good time of year to be born.

  8. No sir, I have not made your day, you have made mine. I feel like Howard Elman at a Town Meeting, unable to express myself, ending up only grunting and waving my arms. My feelings of appreciation are overwhelming my words. Howard’s blockage was probably anger at Zoe.
    It is a good day for me to have heard from you so quickly.
    I look forward to reading DARBY DOOMSDAY next year. Howard and Cooty are now old friends of mine. I’d love to learn more about young Birch. I will follow your blog regarding the background of the Darby series..
    I agree with your take on Gatsby and on Deliverance. I didn’t know your thinking about Fitzgerald before reading this. There are reasons why I could never relate to to Gatsby.
    I will visit your blog often.

  9. Happy birthday, Ernie! And happy birthday to me. I’m a year ahead of you, but your age as a percentage of my age is increasing, so you are aging faster.

    Looking forward to your next book,
    Gary Mitchell
    Born Keene. NH 5/4/40

  10. Enjoyed discussing The Great Gatsby with you at Joyce’s wedding! Gosh, had I read your article beforehand, we would still be on that mountaintop, discussing! Check out Joyce’s website for an article that my friend Donna wrote about our wedding experience- you are mentioned!

  11. The new Darby novel will be out in fall of 2014. I wrote the book under the working title Darby Doomsday, which is the name of a computer game within the book. But the book is not really about a computer. It’s about an old man’s game. The tentative title right now is HOWARD ELMAN’S GOODBYE. Howard Elman is the protagonist in THE DOGS OF MARCH, the first of the Darby books.

  12. Ernie,

    Tony Dubois here-a name from the past! I ran into both you and Medora at the historical socirty. But, in both instances there was no time to catch up

    I thought of you today due to the fact that my New England: A Sense of Place class just began a discussion of/analysis of The Dogs of March! I did not know until I went to your website that you had been promoted. Very very well done. Belated congratulations! I had hoped that you might be able to visit us-but fear your time is quite limited. To make things even more tricky is the fact that the class meets in the middle of the day-noon on Monday and Wednesday! There is no particular hurry if you can work this into your schedule-the only Monday or Wednesday that will not work is next Wednesday !0/30.

    A side note-Medora I can’t get your photograph of the confluence of the Ashuelot and Connecticut. If it is not sold, would you be willing to hold it for me until mid-December. At this point, my parents just ask me what I want-my plan is to tell them I want Medora Hebert’s painting!! LOL! I hate all that overused LOL stuff but it seemed to work here!

    I need to tell you a French Canadian Dubois family tale-quite amazing-almost unbelievable-you will enjoy it!

    My e-mail is phone-land line only!!!! TONY IS GETTING OLD AND STUBBORN! 355 4976

  13. Hi Mr Hebert,
    I’ve just finished reading Dogs of March and thought I’d look you up on-line to see if you are still in the Cheshire County area. I’m glad to see you are!
    I guess I am a late comer to your literary party in that I just stumbled upon your books in the used room at Toadstool in Peterborough (hmmm should I be telling an author I bought his books used instead of letting him earn royalties? Well, I’m kind of a nail-straightening Yankee I guess and used is always better to me if it is still good!) As I said I’ve just finished the first and felt compelled to write and say thank you for writing. And thank you for writing about NH, especially this NH, the real, rural, character strewn hills and valleys and sort of Yoknapatawpha County of the north east. I look forward to reading more of your work and perhaps even re-exploring some of the settings in real time.
    I grew up in Manchester but have been living in Cheshire County since attending Keene State after doing four years with Uncle Sam, so about 25 years now. I guess I came to the area about 8 or 9 years after The Dogs of March, so it has given me a bit of historical perspective to my physical milieu. I truly look forward to progressing through the years that I have been present alongside Howard and the rest of the characters, maybe I’ll see and meet a few I know!
    Anyway, thank you for the stories and I will find the one Darby-set book I am missing (probably used again though I’m sorry to say! as I prefer hardcovers and I don’t know if I can find one new, but I promise to buy the new one due out in 2014 as a new book!). I hope to someday get a chance to meet you, hell, we’ve probably already crossed paths a time or two, we may as well shake hands the next time!

    With respect,
    Rick Bernier
    Jaffrey, NH

  14. Just finished NEVER BACK DOWN. Had thought your Darby series the best. You totally lost me in MAD BOYS but NEVER BACK DOWN – Great! Love Wes Leb. Am still chuckling over him!

  15. I’m making my way though the Darby Series and loving it. As a Keene native (Daniels Elementary, KHS ’95, KSC ’99) I enjoy seeing the business and geographic references, and also the familiar personality types encountered throughout. I moved away in 2002, but the series keeps me thinking of home. I’m working on Whisper, and looking forward to the rest. Great Job!

  16. Hi Ernie: This may be a longshot but I am going to give it a try. St George Church now has
    a cultural committee of which I am a member (naturally) You are on our list for star speakers
    We plan to have programs in Hellenic Hall either weeknights or Sunday afternoons. No charge tp
    public. My thought is that should you say yes (please) you might speak on ethnicity.
    Keep it short as my son the editor has always reminded me. Committee will meet again in about
    10 days. Hope to hear from you with a yes

    Many thanks, Ernie

  17. Hi again Ernie,
    I’d like your take on this short memoir about Keene. My Dad, age 97, self printed a 78 pp memoir “Growing Up in Keene, NH” before dying this July 19th. You love Keene. Want a copy? It covers his early childhood 1920-1940.

  18. Yes, it’s my only consciously autobiographical novel. I made a big decision at 23 to quit a good job and go to college. Never Back Down is my imagined life if I had never gone to college.

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