Gunsmoke & Dragonfire: A Fantasy Western Anthology

Diane Morrison (Editor) Diana L. Paxson (Featuring)
& 1 more


From the drought-plagued plains of Mars, to a post-apocalyptic Canada, to the familiar American West and Mexico, to other dimensions and other worlds weird and wonderful, an international cast of bestselling, award-winning, established, and emerging authors brings you 25 strange western tales:

Robert Lee Beers: A hardboiled PI and his partner must find their way back to the present from 1906 San Francisco before the Big One hits, dodging gunslingers and the risk of changing history, with only a drunken misanthropic wizard to help them.
James Blakey: A sheriff must question a colourful cast of characters to discover who has stolen a unicorn rancher's herd.
Zach Chapman: A card-cheating Spellslinger must duel a mysterious Green Gunslinger to his damnation or salvation.
Sara Codair: Two Martian sheriffs must stop a gang of outlaws from stealing a settlement's precious water, if they can keep their marriage together long enough to do it.
Eric S. Fomley: A marshal comes to town seeking an outlaw, but neitherare the ordinary kind...
Milo James Fowler: Heroic Coyote Cal, the witch Donna Jamieson, and faithful sidekick Big Yap must stop a monster from ravaging the livestock and people of a town in the western desert.
Ron S. Friedman: A WWI pilot shot down over the Amazon must survive Germans, crazy scientists, the jungle and dinosaurs.
Carrie Gessner: An elven veteran is called back to face her demons when a little girl is snatched to serve the army that destroyed her.
Paul Alex Gray: The heir to the Bourbon Throne must earn coin in America to overthrow the French Republic and reclaim his birthright, so he builds a fantastic contraption to aid him.
Jude-Marie Green: Sorceress Jane Smith knows her partner Donna Quick is quite mad, but she follows her anyway.
Brent A. Harris: Marshal Bass Reeves has been asked for help by a desperate frontier settlement beleaguered by a dragon.
Ethan Hedman: A wandering gunfighter inherits an enchanted weapon, but it's broken.
Joachim Heijndermans - Two outlaws hole up in a quiet town full of terrified townsfolk, but all is not as it seems.
Russell Hemmell: Two investigators must discover why an entire colony in the Kuiper Belt has disappeared, leaving an anachronistic western ghost town in its place.
Liam Hogan: A young outlaw is hunted by an implacable mechanical foe.
G. Scott Huggins: A blacksmith with ghostly allies receives an unusual and dangerous client.
Sean Jones: The last Norse descendant in North America, who swears vengeance on the Comanche for killing his wife and village, is given supernatural aid by the Navajo.
Mackenzie Kincaid: Junior died helping Pa maintain the fence against the Somethings, so now 12-year-old Jane must take his place.
R. Daniel Lester: An old tap-dancing celebrity defaults on payments for his magical shoes, and a repo agent has come to collect.
Diane Morrison: Two young elven Gunslingers must stop a cannibal spirit before it, or the blizzard it brings, kills everyone they know.
Diana L. Paxson: A painter journeys to the Rockies to paint landscapes and stumbles upon an ancient mystery.
Claire Ryan - Rollo is going to get her giant slug herd in to market, come hell or high water, monster or no monster.
Ricardo Victoria: An ex-spellslinger has taken up a career as a travelling salesbeing of a newfangled weapon called a "rifle."
Stanley B. Webb: A US Marshal must stop a notorious outlaw who may or may not be a dragon.

We invite you to explore these stories in the grand pulp fiction tradition!

Featuring a classic Solomon Kane story by Robert E. Howard.

Product Details

$19.95  $18.35
Aradia Publishing
Publish Date
March 31, 2019
6.0 X 0.77 X 9.0 inches | 1.09 pounds

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About the Author

Diane Morrison is a short and long-form fiction hybrid author and editor, Canada. She likes pickles and bluegrass, and hates talking about herself. An avid National Novel Writing Month participant and gaming geek, she is proudly Canadian and proudly LGBTQ. She manages the official SFWA YouTube channel, where she gets to interview some of her favourite authors and other interesting people in the SFF field. Under her pen name "Sable Aradia" she is a successful Pagan author, a musician, and a professional blogger. She lives with her partners and a three-legged rescue cat in Vernon, BC, where she was born and raised. Check her out at her website
Diana L. Paxson is a writer, priestess, and teacher who has been studying Germanic mythology and religion for nearly forty years. She pioneered the recovery of traditional Norse oracular practice and is the author of nearly three dozen novels, including ones within Marion Zimmer Bradley's bestselling Avalon series.
Robert E. (Ervin) Howard was born on January 22, 1906. He was interested in writing from an early age, and witnesses report seeing his first stories written as early as 9 years old. He mailed off his first submission to a publisher at 15 years of age. His first professional sale came three years later when Spear and Fang, a cave man story, was accepted by Weird Tales, the pulp magazine with which all his greatest successes would be associated. Howard is best known as the father of sword & sorcery, with his most famous creations-Conan, Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and Kull the Conqueror-sliding (some more easily than others) into that genre. However, in addition to the sterling success of these fantasy adventure tales, Howard's versatility allowed him to support himself as a professional writer. He would write more than 100 stories between 1924 and his death in 1936 at age 30. He published regularly and wrote in genres as varied as westerns, weird westerns, horror, modern adventure stories, boxing stories, sailing adventures, and even spicy romance stories. Of special interest to this volume is Howard's relationship to H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft, an elder statesman of the weird fiction genre, was an early contributor to Weird Tales, where Howard first encountered his fiction. Howard wrote an admiring letter to Lovecraft after reading The Rats in the Walls, and eventually through their extended correspondence became part of the Lovecraft Circle, a group of pulp writers joined primarily through H.P. Lovecraft's efforts, with Lovecraft as the hub. Howard and Lovecraft corresponded for years, debating the merits of the human conditions of barbarism and civilization. Lovecraft is best known for his stories of the Great Old Ones, especially Cthulhu. This shared corpus of story ideas and ancient, pre-human history of Earth, became a shared mythic backdrop for many writers published in Weird Tales. Howard's contributions to this mythos are the focus of the current volume.