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Gunsmoke & Dragonfire: A Fantasy Western Anthology

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Edited by Diane Morrison, Featuring Claire Ryan

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror:

Weird Western, Sci-fi Western, Steampunk, Post-Apocalyptic, Historical Fantasy, Alternate History, Time Travel

(Anthology)

From the drought-plagued plains of Mars, to a post-apocalyptic Canada, to the familiar American West and Mexico, to other dimensions and other worlds weird and wonderful, an international cast of bestselling, award-winning, established, and emerging authors brings you 25 strange western tales:

Robert Lee Beers – A hardboiled P.I. and his partner must find their way back to the present from 1906 San Francisco before the Big One hits, dodging gunslingers and the risk of changing history, with only a drunken misanthropic wizard to help them…
James Blakey – A sheriff must question a colourful cast of characters to discover who has stolen a unicorn rancher’s herd…
Zach Chapman – A card-cheating Spellslinger must duel a mysterious Green Gunslinger to his damnation or salvation…
Sara Codair – Two Martian sheriffs must stop a gang of outlaws from stealing a settlement’s precious water, if they can keep their marriage together long enough to do it…
Eric S. Fomley – A marshal comes to town seeking an outlaw, but neither he nor the outlaw are the ordinary kind…
Milo James Fowler – Heroic Coyote Cal, the witch Donna Jamieson, and his faithful sidekick Big Yap, must stop a monster from ravaging the livestock and people of a town in the western desert…
Ron S. Friedman – A WWI pilot shot down over the Amazon must survive Germans, crazy scientists, the jungle and dinosaurs…
Carrie Gessner – An elven veteran is called back to face her demons when a little girl is snatched to serve the army that destroyed her…
Paul Alex Gray – The heir to the Bourbon Throne must earn coin in America to overthrow the French Republic and reclaim his birthright, so he builds a fantastic contraption to aid him…
Jude-Marie Green – Sorceress Jane Smith knows her partner Donna Quick is quite mad, but she follows her anyway…
Brent A. Harris – Marshal Bass Reeves has been asked for help by a desperate frontier settlement beleaguered by a dragon…
Ethan Hedman – A wandering gunfighter inherits an enchanted weapon, but it’s broken…
Joachim Heijndermans – Two outlaws hole up in a quiet town full of terrified townsfolk, but all is not as it seems…
Russell Hemmell – Two investigators must discover why an entire colony in the Kuiper Belt has disappeared, leaving nothing but an anachronistic western frontier town in its place…
Liam Hogan – A young outlaw is hunted by an implacable mechanical foe…
G. Scott Huggins – A blacksmith with ghostly allies receives an unusual, and dangerous, client…
Sean Jones – The last Norse descendant in North America, who swears vengeance on the Comanche for killing his wife and village, is given supernatural aid by the Navajo…
Mackenzie Kincaid – Junior died helping Pa maintain the fence against the Somethings, so now 12-year-old Jane must take his place…
R. Daniel Lester – An old tap-dancing celebrity defaults on the payments for his magical shoes, and a repo agent has come to collect…
Diane Morrison – Two young elven Gunslingers must stop a cannibal spirit before it, or the blizzard it brings, kills everyone they know…
Diana L. Paxson – A painter journeys to the Rockies to paint landscapes, and stumbles upon an ancient mystery…
Claire Ryan – Rollo is going to get her giant slug herd in to market, come hell or high water, monster or no monster…
Ricardo Victoria – An ex-spellslinger has taken up a career as a travelling salesbeing of a newfangled weapon called a “rifle”…
Stanley B. Webb – A U.S. Marshal must stop a notorious outlaw who may or may not be a dragon…

We invite you to explore these stories in the grand pulp fiction tradition: from weird westerns, to sci-fi and space westerns, to post-apocalyptic westerns, alternate history, time travel, and cattlepunk.

Featuring a classic Solomon Kane story by Robert E. Howard.

Reviews:

Fantasy is probably the most broadly encompassing genre in fiction because you can create so many unique stories in a limitless number of settings. Mix that with the Western genre, and you get a wonderful blend of stories. Diane Morrison’s Gunsmoke & Dragonfire anthology pulls together twenty-five of these stories into a single collection that just blows me away. The variety of stories presented, and the skill of the authors (from well-established authors to those just starting out), really stand out in this anthology. There are stories here of gunslingers and spellslingers, stories featuring magic and myth, and those set in the far future on worlds that are like the Old West.

Geoff Habiger

With so many stories to choose from, there were a lot that grabbed my attention . . . If you enjoy westerns with fantasy (and sometimes sci-fi) elements, ranging from steampunk to magic and beyond, you’ll likely find a new favorite or several among the stories in Gunsmoke and Dragonfire!

Mad Scientist Journal

All in all, this is a smashing way to discover a host of authors in the Weird West genre – with some great stories to read along the way. 5/5

Altered Instinct

Check out more glowing reviews on Amazon & Goodreads!

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