"Never leave a devil without puttin’ it in the dirt." — First Law of the Godpistols.
Gunning down the heathen monsters of the untamed West is the calling of the Godpistols, and may be Linthicum Odell’s only path to redemption. A Union Army deserter, Odell figures he has plenty of sin to atone for. As he has yet to earn the Godpistols’ trust, they send Odell on a thankless errand to Gold Vein, a mining town with two afflictions: a corrupt local justice named Lars Richterman, and a horde of cannibal wendigo in the surrounding hills.
Half-dead from a wendigo attack, Odell is nursed back to life by Denton Folger, a righteous press man from the East Coast. Intent on settling debts, Odell takes up Folger’s cause against Richterman and his schemes on the land surrounding Gold Vein. Odell soon realizes that Richterman and the wendigo in the hills are not the only monsters threatening the town. His greatest ally comes in the form of Folger’s ferociously capable wife, Katherina, who holds the secrets to the intrigues of this valley. To save Gold Vein, Odell must pry loose these secrets, though her dark allure may prove too much for Odell’s loyalties… both to his Godpistol dogma and to Folger.
When Odell discovers the truth of what brought him to this valley, and why Katherina keeps this truth buried, will his virtue fail? Or will a bag of silver bullets be enough to survive this war between devils, virtue be damned?
Title: Yea Though I Walk
Author: J.P. Sloan
Published: July 10, 2016
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genres: Horror, Supernatural, Western
Yea Though I Walk is a well-crafted book with a strong plot, three-dimensional characters, jaw-dropping twists, and amazing world-building, placing the reader directly in the dusty landscape of the Wild West.
I have read a handful of horror westerns, mostly with zombies thrown into the Wild West scenario, and have found that I enjoy the mashup of genres. When I got the chance to read this fantasy western, which happens to have a horde of cannibal Wendigoes, as well as Strigoi, creatures of the night, I knew I would enjoy this book.
Without rehashing the blurb—you can read that for yourself—there isn’t much else to say without giving away the most intriguing and mind-blowing plot I’ve seen in quite some time. Yea Though I Walk is well-written and well-edited, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of both westerns and horror.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About J.P. Sloan
J.P. Sloan is a speculative fiction author... primarily of urban fantasy, horror and several shades between. His writing explores the strangeness in that which is familiar, at times stretching the limits of the human experience, or only hinting at the monsters lurking under your bed.
A Louisiana native, Sloan relocated to the vineyards and cow pastures of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina, where he lives with his wife and son. During the day he commutes to the city of Baltimore, a setting which inspires much of his writing.
In his spare time, Sloan enjoys wine-making and homebrewing, and is a certified beer judge.
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