The Shotgun Arcana

The Shotgun Arcana

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R. S. Belcher's debut novel, "The Six-Gun Tarot," was enthusiastically greeted by critics and readers, who praised its wildly inventive mixture of dark fantasy, steampunk, and the Wild West. Now Belcher returns to Golgotha, Nevada, a bustling frontier town that hides more than its fair share of unnatural secrets.1870. A haven for the blessed and the damned, including a fallen angel, a mad scientist, a pirate queen, and a deputy who is kin to coyotes, Golgotha has come through many nightmarish trials, but now an army of thirty-two outlaws, lunatics, serial killers, and cannibals are converging on the town, drawn by a grisly relic that dates back to the Donner Party...and the dawn of humanity.Sheriff Jon Highfather and his deputies already have their hands full dealing with train robbers, a mysterious series of brutal murders, and the usual outbreaks of weirdness. But with thirty-two of the most vicious killers on Earth riding into Golgotha in just a few day's time, the town and its people will be tested as never before-and some of them will never be the same."The Shotgun Arcana" is even more spectacularly ambitious and imaginative than "The Six-Gun Tarot," and confirms R. S. Belcher's status as a rising star.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 398 pages
  • 155 x 236 x 36mm | 567g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765374587
  • 9780765374585
  • 1,947,982

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Praise for "The Six-Gun Tarot: "

"Really engrossing.... If you love complex, fantastical worlds, this is very intriguing!" --Felicia Day, writer, producer, and star of "The Guild""A jaw-dropping first novel that explodes across genre lines. Wild, gritty, insanely inventive and a hell of a lot of fun!"--Jonathan Maberry, "New York Times" bestselling author"In "The Six-Gun Tarot", author R.S. Belcher has crafted the perfect novel. Blending themes of fantasy, western, romance, and action, there is nothing missing from this brilliant story."--"Portland Book Review"""The Six-Gun Tarot", a strong first novel by R.S. Belcher, features a genre mix that's very much in vogue these days: the dark and twisted western . . . Belcher takes to it like a natural. He jumps right in!"--"Locus""If you want to see what Weird Westerns are all about, there's no better place to start than "The Six-Gun Tarot"."--Mike Resnick, award-wining author of "Santiago

""Part western, part urban fantasy, part coming-of-age tale, Belcher's story balances all pieces perfectly."--"RT Book Reviews" (four stars)

"An astonishing blend of first-rate steampunk fantasy and Western adventure." --"Library Journal, "starred review on "The Six-Gun Tarot"
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About R S Belcher

R. S. BELCHER won the Grand Prize in the Strange New Worlds SF writing contest. He has been an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter, and the author of "The Six-Gun Tarot."
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3 16% (152)
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