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The Angel Gunslinger Azrael Rides Again!

I’m thrilled to announce I’ve published another tale of the angel gunslinger Azrael over at Beneath Ceaseless Skies! Azrael and his dead horse are back in the weird western “The Angel Azrael Encounters the Revelation Pilgrims and Other Curiosities.” Ride with them for a time as Azrael attempts to take a dead woman’s bible through the badlands to her kin, only to encounter a curious collection of pilgrims, a murderous gang of half angels and one very strange… well, that would be giving it away.

I’m deeply grateful to the guidance of BCS editor Scott Andrews not only for publishing my Azrael stories but for helping me to more fully realize the character of Azrael and his world. When I wrote the first Azrael story, “The Angel Azrael Rode Into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse,” I didn’t really have more in mind than a one-off weird west story in between my other projects. But Azrael kept on riding into my imagination after that first story, and BCS kept publishing his tales, and now I’m finishing my first Azrael novel. I don’t think any of that would have been possible without BCS and Scott’s insightful editing. 

And, of course, the angel Azrael tales wouldn’t have been possible without readers such as yourself. Thanks for journeying along with Azrael and me on these wanderings. I hope you’ll continue to ride with us for a time.

If you’re new to the Azrael stories, you can read them for free at Beneath Ceaseless Skies:

The Angel Azrael Rode Into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse

The Angel Azrael Delivers Small Mercies

The Angel Azrael Delivers Justice to the People of the Dust

The Angel Azrael Encounters the Revelation Pilgrims and Other Curiosities

Bonus feature: Check out the audio version of “The Angel Azrael Delivers Small Mercies” with a new introduction I recorded for the story!

(Make sure you also read Patty Templeton’s “A Nickel for the Burlap Man,” which is in the same issue as “The Angel Azrael Encounters the Revelation Pilgrims and Other Curiosities.” It’s a hell of a tale.)

Keep the west weird

If you like weird westerns or my Angel Azrael gunslinger stories — or both! — then you may be interested in the Beneath Ceaseless Skies 8th Anniversary Sale.

Buy or renew a BCS ebook subscription or buy Best of BCS Year Seven at Weightless Books, and you’ll get a free BCS anthology of your choice — including Ceaseless West, which contains my first ever Angel Azrael tale.

BCS Ebook Subscriptions are still only $15.99 for a whole year/26 issues (that’s less than 30 cents a story). Subscribers can get issues delivered directly to their Kindle or smart phone (any device with an email address), and they get new issues early, a week before the website. You can renew at any time, no matter when your subscription expires.

BCS is one of the best magazines out there and my personal favourite. Check it out and treat yourself!

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

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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

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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!