Six-Guns and Slay Bells: A Creepy Cowboy Christmas

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Put on your Santa hat and saddle up for this collection of creepy Christmas stories from the Western Fictioneers, the world's only organization of professional authors devoted solely to Western fiction. 'Tis the season for ghosts, vampires, monsters, aliens, and other bizarre creatures to make these Old West holiday tales truly special. Legendary Western author Robert J. Randisi spins the spectral yarn of "Sheriff Santa and the Ghost of Two Gun Jim". Peacemaker and Spur Award winning author Troy D. Smith takes ...
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Put on your Santa hat and saddle up for this collection of creepy Christmas stories from the Western Fictioneers, the world's only organization of professional authors devoted solely to Western fiction. 'Tis the season for ghosts, vampires, monsters, aliens, and other bizarre creatures to make these Old West holiday tales truly special. Legendary Western author Robert J. Randisi spins the spectral yarn of "Sheriff Santa and the Ghost of Two Gun Jim". Peacemaker and Spur Award winning author Troy D. Smith takes the reader on a murderous Christmas journey to "Bitter Mountain". New York Times bestseller and Peacemaker Award winner James Reasoner writes about a strange encounter on the Staked Plains in "Presents for One and All". Larry D. Sweazy, two-time winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western fiction, tells the story of an epic battle between good and evil in "The Longest Night". An isolated stagecoach station under siege by Apaches is the setting of Cheryl Pierson's "The Keepers of Camelot", a tale of rebirth and redemption. These and many other stories by some of today's top writers in the Western field make SIX-GUNS AND SLAY BELLS the most unusual Western Christmas anthology ever published.
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Publishers Weekly
According to this entertaining collection, Christmas in the Old West includes ghostly saloons, cryptic phrenological snake-oil salesmen, nightmarish men in black, ferocious Apaches, and ornery drunks. In Douglas Hirt’s “Christmas Wraiths,” tall tales turn true. A Texas Ranger and Santa Claus (calling himself Pop Edmunds) team up to defeat desperadoes and please children in James Reasoner’s “Presents for One and All.” The West is the staging ground for the eternal battle between good and ill in Cheryl Pierson’s “The Keepers of Camelot.” Even a monster helps secure justice in L.J. Washburn’s “A Creature Was Stirring.” The spirit of giving finds an impressive incarnation in Charlie Steel’s “Joshua’s Voice,” in which human influence on the western landscape poses somber questions about the Great Frontier and extends the reach of this seasonal collection. Characterization is often limited, however, and the shortness of the stories offers little room for development. (Nov.)
Library Journal
The Western Fictioneers, the world's only organization of professional authors devoted solely to Western fiction, presents 15 original Western horror stories just in time for the holidays. These stories all have some supernatural element to them running the gamut from ghosts to vampires to aliens. Standouts include Randisi's "Sheriff Santa," Douglas Hirt's "Christmas Wraiths," and James Reasoner's "Presents for One and All." L.J. Washburn ends the collection with a strong entry, "A Creature Was Stirring," featuring a monster. VERDICT This anthology lives up to its claim of being "the most unusual Western Christmas anthology ever published." For horror and Western aficionados.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478189169
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2012
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,474,195
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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