Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Twisted Tumbleweed Tales: 18 Stories of the Wild, Weird West

My short story collection, Twisted Tumbleweed Tales, is now available as an eBook from Crossroad Press. It contains eighteen stories--including two selected by Ellen Datlow as Honorable Mentions in the annual Year's Best Fantasy & Horror anthologies--and seven previously unpublished.

It's also available through Smashwords, and for Kindle and Nook.

"Out to Pasture" is available for reading at the Wildclown Chronicle.

How the West Was Weird

The Bony Express delivers souls across the desert plains…
Santa Claus is wanted by bounty hunters who have no Christmas spirit…
A legendary Pinkerton pursues Jack the Ripper along the Barbary Coast…
Billy the Kid leads a gang of Lost Boys in Nevertown…

Gather round the campfire for these tall tales and fourteen more in this collection of weird westerns by Paul Victor Wargelin. Saddle up with Doc Holliday, Buffalo Bill Cody, and George Armstrong Custer on uncanny adventures never covered in the history books, and where witches, werewolves, and zombies can be found among the cacti and sagebrush.

"The Ballad of Adam Rib, Bony Express Rider"
"On a Warm October Day"
"Six Guns & Six Spells"
"Buffalo Hide"
"Out to Pasture"
"Beating a Dead Horse"
"Building the Better Gunfighter"
"Wanted: For Christmas"
"The First Prisoner"
"The Story of One Bad Ass"
"Black Mary"
"Yours Truly, Charles A. Siringo"
"Passin’ Through"
"Bought for a Song"
"The Human Nature of the Beast"
"Five Stacked Heads on a Grassy Plain"
"Straight On ‘Til Sunup"
"Remembering the Menken"

“'Six Guns & Six Spells' [is] well-written and entertaining…[This] tale of Western witchery contains characterization so tight that even the witch’s familiar (her horse) has personality.”

“I’ve always been impressed by Paul Wargelin’s writing. When it comes to a professional, succinct voice, I’ve worked with none better.”
—Feo Amante