The reviews: Love and blood in the modern west

Kirkus

Riveting, wickedly funny, existential, brilliantly written, authentically western …

Introducing racial issues isn’t the only adjustment the authors have made to the vampire mythos, but it’s more than just the details that set this series apart. Rather, it’s the way the authors utilize those details to create meaningful conflicts and world-altering choices for the characters. Riveting. – Kirkus Reviews

One of the funniest and most engaging series I have read in a long time. - Bitten by Books

Pour yourself a shot of the good stuff and settle in for a wickedly good read. – The Eastern Oregonian 

Unremitting fun, and a damn good read. – Fresh Fiction

Go ahead. You’re trying not to laugh at the title. Let it out! It’s funny and so is the book; sly and adult. – SF Site Featured Review

One of the weirdest stories I have ever read. It’s right up there with Neil Gaiman’s man-swallowing woman parts and talking tents. Instead, here we have rocket-launching, womb-sucking, Bible-bending, non-pointy-toothed vampires. And love. And cowboys. Depending on what you are looking for, that might be a good thing. If I had to liken this book to a movie, it would either be to Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, or maybe more appropriately, Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk to Dawn. – The Avid Reader

A choice and very much recommended read, not to be missed. – Midwest Book Review

Ask a Cowboy!

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Dear Cowboy, I live in South Africa and my brother has recently been to the USA, and in the Midwest area. From what he tells me, country people are down to earth which I like because I am the same. My question is how well do cowboys take girls from out of the country? Signed, Wondering

Dear Wondering, I think it’s safe to say the guys I know would be delighted to meet a girl like you — adventurous and interested in the cowboy way — and the fact you’re from a far off place makes you precisely twice as likely to attract the attention of a cowboy as a homegrown girl. Being unique is a rare commodity and something you can count on to add a little glamour to your appearance in cowboy country. The human brain is curious that way. We get so used to the things around us that we tend to take them for granted, and the appearance of something, or someone, new is like a lightning bolt….Read more of the Cowboy’s answer>>

The Lady of the Lake: A ghost story

Saponify: to convert a fat into soap by treating with an alkali

Thankfully, few of us know much about the process of saponification. A pair of fishermen in 1940 found out the hard way that when a human body is exposed to sufficient amounts of alkali and pressure, and refrigerated to prevent decay, naturally occurring fat turns into a soap-like substance. When they noticed a woman’s body (recognizably female and wearing slightly outdated clothes) bobbing on the surface of Lake Crescent, the flesh slipped and oozed off like soap as they wrestled her to shore.

Thus began the legend of the Lady of the Lake.  Read the rest of this entry »

The zombie in the coal mine

An eerie similarity of hands.

An enumerated essay about six pop mythical creatures that are really cultural environmental indicators in disguise, thus illuminating the portentous power of gothic fiction to reflect (create?) a collective state of cultural awareness on important issues of the day. SHAZAM! 

One: Big Foot aficionados (and their Yeti-loving cousins) are not crazy. Data suggest their obsession reflects a naïve hopefulness that an intelligent, gentle, human-like species could still live freely, deep in the primeval forest, having cunningly escaped the steady oppressive march of human civilization and its relentless takeover of nature. The back-of-the-envelope monster metadata analysis being reported here first gained momentum … Read more about BF and his pals >>

A very unusual romance, indeed!

Art from “makemebark” located in the Maldives.