Possessed (Whiskey and Wheelguns)

Possessed; Episode 1

Whiskey and Wheelguns

by Alexander Nader

Get your copy of Episode 1 at Amazon for only 99¢! Keep an eye out for Episode 2 coming July 28th, 2014, and find out if Joseph makes it home to his family, and if they survived.

Description:

Joseph Ashby signed up to be a part of the war that tore this country to pieces, but he was drafted into a much darker army. All he wants is to find his way home to find out if it’s true what the voices in his head are telling him; that his wife and children are dead. The only problem is he has no idea where or when he is or how he got there. The shadow of his past is going to chase him the whole way home where even darker clouds may gather after he finds his answers.

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Need the Next One, ASAP! (My Review)

If you’re looking for a quick draw, one shot and done type deal, this ain’t the one for you. Possessed is the first short story in a series that will leave you hanging, needing to read the next one.
Alexander kicked off the Whiskey & Wheelguns series with a dark take on weird west. Demonic possession is right up my alley, and Nader does a good job with the antagonist(s) in this story, both prior to and after the possession.
My only complaint (and it’s just my personal preference) about Possessed is the blacked-out scenes between Act 1 and Act 2. There’s a big chunk of time missing, along with what I’m led to assume is a great deal of horrific action scenes that (call me morbid) I’d like to see. Having said that, I do understand a couple of reasons why the author may have chosen a black-out. For one, this is a short story, and with short forms every scene counts. Another, this is just the beginning of the protagonist’s journey – Joseph may very well remember his actions during that black-out in a later installment, and who knows what kind of juicy, sordid (or morbid) bits will be revealed if and when he does.
There is one other thing I’m curious about, but I won’t spoil it for you. Either way, I’m looking forward to Episode two, due out on July 28th.

More Whiskey & Wheelguns:

Whiskey & Wheelguns: Foreshadows

A collection of tall tales from the weird west

Wheelgun Press proudly presents: Whiskey and Wheelguns: Foreshadows. This is a collection of six short stories all set in the Whiskey and Wheelgun Universe. You will recieve a first class introduction to the stories that will be keeping you up at night for the next twelve months.
Each series will explore a dark corner of the weird west as envisioned by the addled minds of the contributers. They will dazzle you with the grit of the desert sand, the gristle of sixgun wielding protagonists, and the intestinal fortitude required to subdue a werewolf lightskirt.
Twenty-four stories of dubious literary merit by six of today’s most vaguely groomed and semi-coherent authors, which will shock and amaze, dazzle and impress, and floor the reader with outright awe for the massive amounts of facial hair required to bring a project like this into the bright desert light. Be sure to tune in May 5th when the stories get to rollin’ and follow along cause the wagon won’t be stoppin’ until they strike fool’s gold.

Five Lead Slugs: Casting Out the Devil

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.

The Widow’s Work: Part One

by J. Edward Paul

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

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

by J. Edward Paul

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Description:

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!

Five Lead Slugs: Casting Out the Devil

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Possessed; Episode 1 (Whiskey and Wheelguns) by Alexander Nader

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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