Author: C.C. Winchester

Epeolatry Book Review: Hot Iron and Cold Blood, An Anthology of the Weird West, ed. Patrick R. McDonough

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Title: Hot Iron and Cold Blood: An Anthology of the Weird West
Author: Various
Editor: Patrick R. McDonough
Genre: Splatter Western
Publisher: Death’s Head Press
Release Date: 26th September, 2023

Synopsis: Desperados and yellow-bellies be warned: These ain’t your typical westerns … Herein find legendary masters of anomalous Western and Horror stories— along with a posse of budding word-slingers— who all bring you an electrifying and frightening collection of extraordinary tales set in the Old West and beyond…Within these pages, the improbable is made real: cowboys encounter a chimeric critter of the night; dinosaurs return as massive poltergeists; Chinese railroad workers are haunted by invisible frights; outlaws experience Cronenbergian body-horror; fallen-light stalks mother and daughter upon a wintry prairie; a headless horseman roams the badlands; otherworldly creatures hunt within our domain; screaming spectral birds nest within the damned; and gunslinging women with murderous skills annihilate foolish notions of a man’ s world. These are just a handful of the offerings in this body of macabre lore. So, mount your saddlehorse and join this gang of rogue authors for a ride down dark trails of terror and unsettling thoroughfares that lead deep into strange, nightmarish territory. Here you gallop through places where law has no dominion and Death constantly deals a grim hand— and where the iron is red-hot and the blood drips ice-cold. Featuring stories by Joe R. Lansdale, Edward Lee, David J. Schow, Jill Girardi, R.J. Jackson, Vivian Kasley, Owl Goingback, Kenzie Jennings, Jeff Strand, Wile E. Young, and more. Edited by Patrick R. McDonough with an Introduction by R.J. Joseph

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Epeolatry Book Review: Witch Wizard Warlock by Robert Allen Lupton, et al

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Title: Witch Wizard Warlock
Author: Various
Genre: Coming of Age Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: 22nd August, 2023

Synopsis: The massive volume contains thirty-four stories about witches, wizards, and warlocks from the brightest talents writing speculative fiction today, writers from seven countries around the world.
Horror stories, fantasy stories, adventure stories, some with a touch of humor, and some that shouldn’t be read after the lights go out. Young witches, old witches, pretty witches, and ugly witches, along with wizards, good and bad, share stories with warlocks. Are there good warlocks – who knows.
Readers can attend wizard school, fight monsters and of course, evil witches and warlocks. They can journey on magical quests, seek true love, and even take sides in the American Revolutionary War.
Contributors to the anthology include the following, some of whom may or may not be a witch, a wizard, or a warlock, but they all have a magical way with words. Many of them have books available. If you like their story, consider one of their other works. Three Cousins Publishing would like to thank Alyson Faye, E. V. Emmons, Campbell Blaine, S. E. Lindberg, Carol McConnell, David Morris, Shebat Legion, R. L. Meldrum, Rose Strickman, Lawrence Dagstine, Catherine Jordan, Tim Pulo, Judy Mowdy, Donna Garren, Shane Porteous, Ann Tjelmenland, Kay Hanifen, Ann Solinsky, Jason Battle, Dwain Campbell, C. J. Carter-Stephenson, AE Stueve, Ayman Kole, Josh Schlossberg, Rie Sheridan Rose, Chris Adams, George Jacobs, Darren Lipman, Bill Durfy, DW Milton, Yvonne Lang, Robin Allison Lupton.. and Elizabeth A. Allen
One has to be careful when dealing with witches and the like, because none of us is ever quite as smart as we think we are, but hopefully that rule applies to those who seek to master the dark arts.
So here’s the book, sit down and light a candle, and make sure to keep a bell within reach. You never know when you’ll need to break a spell. Enjoy.

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