The Widow’s Work

The Widow’s Work: Part One (Whiskey and Wheelguns)

by J. Edward Paul

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In Barlow’s Gulch your friends are traitors, outlaws, shamans, and the occasional fancy lady. Heroes are both reluctant and inebriated.

When Pearl barrels into the Rusty Hinge with a vampire on her heels, Sheriff and his band of Confederate deserters are dragged into a series of adventures weirder and infinitely more dangerous than the war they ran from. Who is the beautiful widow with the silver handled wheelgun? Can she be trusted with their lives?

Occasionally aided by Atsidi, a Navajo shaman in his cups more than his pants, the former soldiers do battle with a vampire gunslinger, a seductive skinwalker, a vengeful demon, and a brothel brimming with werewolves.

Are these the tall tales of a band of cowards or a chronicle of heroes?

The Widow’s Work is One to Watch (My Review):

The men of Barlow’s Gulch have carved out a nice, relatively quite niche in their corner of the west until a disheveled Pearl, fleeing for her life, barrels into theirs. A brewing storm isn’t the only thing that’s hot on the heels of the lovely, gun-toting filly. In this, the first in a series of weird west tales, the widow’s work is only just begun. J. Edward Paul does a great job bringing the world into focus, his narrative voice so strong that I wonder if he’s not a gunslinger re-incarnate. Perhaps Astidi, the debauched Navajo shaman, has worked his magic, channeling a bit of  John Wayne and Bela Lugosi into what is surely the form of a man more than mortal. In any event, after reading the first book in the series one thing is clear, The Widow’s Work is One to Watch, and I’ll be looking out for the next one to drop!



by Rachael Spellman

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Paul is the oil in his company’s machine, smoothing out deals across the world. Forever on the move, he’s the guy his colleagues raise a glass to, even while he shivers at a ghost-light taxi rank, or is stuck listening to airport muzak. Dulled in the face of the world, he is trying to recall the traveling dreams of his youth – but more often than not, remembers only the last touch of his dying mother’s hand.

When a winter storm shuts him inside yet another airport lounge, he welcomes the arrival of a strangely cloaked girl as something of a distraction. The recessional that follows – a blurring of lines between past and present – could be his awakening.

A New Favorite For My Collection (My Review)

I read this mingling of meeting and memory while taking a few introspective walks of my own. Rachael Spellman’s narrator, Paul, invited me to sit with him, enticed me to listen, and convinced me to stay. I first read this from her blog, celenagaia, then as soon as it was released on Amazon, I bought a copy for my Kindle. This is a story I’ll be returning to, again and again, seeking solace in the comfort of this recessional. – Jess

Five Lead Slugs: Casting Out the Devil

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Five Lead Slugs: Casting Out the Devil

(Whiskey and Wheelguns)

by Joriah Wood

In a world where the veil of the arcane has been peeled back, malevolent spirits whisper lies into the ears of weak-willed men, and putting a bullet in a man isn’t always enough to send him to the graveyard, righting wrongs isn’t easy business.
One man will stand alone against the evil that’s birthed in the tiny town of Plain View, even as Hell erupts around him.
When walking through Hell, it’s best to be a Devil.

Warning: If you read this book, you will want more! (My Review)

Joriah Wood (Christopher Smith) leads Edie Brinker through the sun-bright days of youth, taking her by the hand as she experiences life and love through a gritty filter of a sepia western world. Just when I was starting to think Five Lead Slugs might be a young adult romance, Wood flips the script and sends me reeling. With subtle, but more than sufficient world building, the weird west comes to life, along with a few nasties just begging for a bullet. The stranger who rolled into town and swept Edie off her feet must face his worst fears and his darkest self. With few options left, the best he can do is choose the lesser of two evils. Though there’s a larger story beyond the trials of this young man, the author lends precedence to voice and character. Five Lead Slugs: Casting Out the Devil is a weird west horror story that sneaks literary fiction in sideways. Though he’s been through Hell and back, the stranger (who is a stranger no more) still has a ways to go. Fair warning, if you read this book, you will want more.

– Jess

Oh, and as of the time of this post, Five Lead Slugs hit #2 in a horror subcategory over at Amazon. What?! What?!

Five Lead Slugs