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The weird west just got weirder

Beneath Ceaseless Skies has published a Special Weird Western Issue to celebrate the release of the new Ceaseless West anthology. The anthology includes my first Angel Azrael story, The Angel Azrael Rode Into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse. The special weird west issue opens up the BCS archives to include my second Azrael story, The Angel Azrael Delivers Small Mercies. Why, there’s even an audio version for your listening pleasure. Plus, there’s works by E. Catherine Tobler, Erin Cashier, Shannon Peavey and Saladin Ahmed. All for around $1, depending on which part of the world you hail from — or it’s free online! Why are you still here instead over at Beneath Ceaseless Skies?

Ceaseless West now available everywhere in the wild west online


Ceaseless West, the weird western anthology from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, is now available at all fine e-retailers near you. Featuring my first angel Azrael story, The Angel Azrael Rode Into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse. Come for the angel gunslingers. Stay for the hellspawn. Also because of the pentagrams that don’t allow you to leave.

Ceaseless West now available on Weightless


Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, is now available on Weightless Books. My first Azrael story, “The Angel Azrael Rode Into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse,” is included, along with a whole other bushel of western weirdness. And it’s only $3.99! That’s less than the price of a burnt coffee at the Starbucks outlet in the general store!

Keep the west weird


Hell yeah! I’m thrilled to be part of the Ceaseless West weird west anthology with my first Angel Azrael story, “The Angel Azrael Rode Into the Town of Burnt Church of a Dead Horse.” Get a whole whack of six-gun strangeness for only $3.99 later this month. Just check out this table of contents:

A Feast for Dust • Gemma Files
The Angel Azrael Rode into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse • Peter Darbyshire
Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride • Saladin Ahmed
Hangman • Erin Cashier
Bandit and the Seventy Raccoon War • Don Allmon
The Good Deaths, Part II • Angela Ambroz
Between Two Treasons • Michael J. DeLuca
Splitskin • E. Catherine Tobler
The Sixth Day • Sylvia Anna Hivén
Enginesong • Nathaniel Lee
The Crooked Mile • Dan Rabarts
Walking Still • C.T. Hutt
The Heart of the Rail • Mark Teppo
The Judge’s Right Hand • J.S. Bangs
Not the Worst of Sins • Alan Baxter
Songdogs • Ian McHugh
Haxan • Kenneth Mark Hoover
Pale • Kathryn Allen

Writing through the train crashes

I’ve been sick for, oh, a month or so now thanks to the latest bug my son brought home for preschool. I think I’m almost over it, though, which means it’s time for him to bring a new bug home.

At least I’ve managed to do some writing, in between surfing various blogs detailing the Hugo Awards brouhaha. It’s like a train wreck with new trains coming along and crashing into it every few minutes. I keep thinking I should write a newspaper piece about it but I don’t even know where to start.

Anyways. The writing. I’ve finished a new Azrael story, tentatively titled “The Angel Azrael Is Sacrificed to the Snake God.” I wrote it with an Azrael collection in mind, and I think I’ve got about 30,000 words of Azrael stories now, which is about half a book for me. (Most of my books start out around 60,000 words and then grow to 70,000 or 80,000 in the editing process.) So that’s something.

All right, now I’m going to curl up with some Neo-Citran and watch some more trains crash.

Wait a minute, let me get my popcorn

The nominees for the 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced, and I’m delighted to see Beneath Ceaseless Skies up for Best SemiProZine (Semiprozine? SemiproZine?). I love BCS, and not just because a few of my Angel Azrael gunslinger stories have appeared there. It’s a fine, fine magazine that champions literary fantasy, sic-fi and all sorts of speculative fiction (or just good writing, if you’re not concerned about categories). Or, as the BCS site puts it, “adventure fantasy plots in vivid secondary worlds, but written with a literary flair.” It’s the sort of magazine I think we need more of.

Of course, the Hugos being the Hugos, there is controversy about the list of nominees. I don’t really have anything to say about it myself — it’s the way of awards, after all — but if you’re interested in following the discussion, you can read more at John Scalzi’s Whatever or Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter Nation to get the basic idea of what’s going on and see who’s on what side, etc.

Although, really, your time would be better spent reading Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Win a free copy of The Mona Lisa Sacrifice


Win a signed copy of The Mona Lisa Sacrifice! I’ve teamed up with Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine to give away a free copy of my new novel, The Mona Lisa Sacrifice. All you have to do is go over to BCS and post a comment. While you’re there, why don’t you read some of the fine, fine stories published by BCS, my favourite genre magazine. You won’t be sorry.

Those of you who have been following along will know that BCS published two of my weird western stories featuring the angel gunslinger Azrael: The Angel Azrael Rode into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse and The Angel Azrael Delivers Small Mercies. (And you can now buy Small Mercies on Kobo.)

Now go read some free stories and win a free book!

Vote now, vote often….

Hey, I just realized my story “The Angel Azrael Delivers Small Miracles” is one of the entrants in Beneath Ceaseless Skies’ Reader Poll for the new Best of BCS anthology. If my story gets enough votes, it’ll make the anthology. So head on over and vote if you liked my story the first time around! Or just read through the list, because they’re all fine stories.

(The other choices I would recommend are Last Gorgon by Rajan Khanna, Proof of Bravery by David Milstein, Heart of the Rail by Mark Teppo and God Thieves by Derek Kunsken. But your preferences may vary.)

A couple of nice reviews in Locus

Lois Tilton reviewed my two most recent stories over at Locus, and she seems to have liked them. About “The Angel Azrael Delivers Small Mercies” she says “Strong stuff here in this dark dark fantasy” and “raises the bar for the iconic image of the lone gunslinger with a past.” About “The Only Innocent Soul in Hell” she says “Some amusing moments in this overly complicated hell story.”

I’m happy to say I’m working on sequels to both stories. More to come on that later.

Keep the west weird!

Boy Eating

If you like my angel gunslinger weird westerns, then you may want to check out the Weird Western Story Bundle. It features a few books from my publisher ChiZine, including Kenneth Mark Hoover’s Haxan and Gemma Files’ Hexslinger, which is simply indescribable. Plus there’s a whole bunch of other titles — you can get the whole bundle for $14 right now.

Welcome to our Weird Western Bundle, where wide frontiers, flintlocks, whiskey and revenge meet swords, airships, terraforming, magic, myths, and dragons. You’ll find stories here set in the snows of old Alaska and the heat of contemporary Arizona, post-Civil War San Francisco and post-colonization planets, and places the seem as familiar as any wooded mountain or wind-swept desert… until tigers and dragons and horses that are so much more than you might assume burst into the scene. The different aspects of the Weird Western spirit in this bundle will give fans of the genre something they haven’t seen before, and folks new to Weird Westerns a wide sampling of its fantastic offerings.

If you’re new to the whole Story Bundle concept, here are the basics:

StoryBundle let’s you choose your own price, so you decide how you’d like to support these awesome writers and their work. For $5—or more if you’d like—you’ll receive the basic bundle of four great novels in DRM-free ebook format. For the bonus price of at least $14—or more if you’d like—you’ll receive all nine novels. If you choose, a portion of your payment will go toward supporting Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.

The Weird Western Bundle is available for only three weeks. It’s a great opportunity to pick up the stories of nine wonderful writers, support independent authors who want to twist your assumptions about the West, and discover new writers with great stories along the way. – Blair MacGregor

The initial titles in The Weird Western Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • Haxan by Kenneth Mark Hoover
  • Dead West Vol 1.: West of Pale by J Patrick Allen
  • Idyll by James Derry
  • Spellsinger by Joseph J. Bailey

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $14, you get all four of the regular titles, plus five more:

  • Hexslinger Vol. 1: A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files
  • Horses of the Moon Vol. 1: Dragons in the Earth by Judith Tarr
  • Daughter of the Wildings Book. 1: Beneath the Canyons by Kyra Halland
  • The Flash Gold Chronicles I-III by Lindsay Buroker
  • New World Book 2: Hair of the Bear by Steven W. White