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The Shotgun Arcana

The Shotgun Arcana

Golgotha (Volume 2)

R. S. Belcher

Tor Books




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.


Temperance (Reversed)

February 18, 1847


Bloody footprints in the snow greeted the rescue party from Bear Valley. They approached the camp from the direction of frozen Truckee Lake. The stained tracks veered,...


Praise for The Shotgun Arcana

“Really engrossing…. If you love complex, fantastical worlds, this is very intriguing!” —Felicia Day, writer, producer, and star of The Guild on The Six-Gun Tarot

“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 on The Six-Gun Tarot

“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 on The Six-Gun Tarot

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 on The Six-Gun Tarot

“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 on The Six-Gun Tarot

“Part western, part urban fantasy, part coming-of-age tale, Belcher's story balances all pieces perfectly.” —RT Book Reviews (four stars) on The Six-Gun Tarot

“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 the author

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.

R. S. Belcher



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