Skip to main content

The Shotgun Arcana by R.S. Belcher

It’s been more than a year since my last trip to Golgotha in the fantastic debut The Six-Gun Tarot and now the fated town is back in this smashing sequel. 

It’s the year 1870 and Golgotha, a crazy western town in the deadly 40-Mile desert is no stranger to odd occurrences. Think Sunnydale being the convergence of the hell mouth in Buffy the Vampire Slayer but set in the Wild West! 

Young hero Jim Negrey has settled into his role as deputy helping Sheriff Jon Highfather (the sheriff who can’t be killed) protect the town from villains and the occasional supernatural threat. But nothing can prepare them for what is on its way. 

A cursed skull, a tainted relic from the humanity’s first murderer has had its teeth scattered across the globe. The recipients of the teeth are the most depraved killers and madman society has to offer, and they are answering an ancient evil that is drawing them to Golgotha. Throw into that mix two fallen angels, a pirate Queen and a mad scientist who believes he has found the cure to immortality and you know you’re in for a bumpy ride. 

There are so many characters and so many things happening, but all the madcap elements are skilfully woven together in a wordy tapestry of awesomeness. Even with such a high number of characters, each one is so well described and especially the ones continued from the first book, you do get quite attached to them and care what happens to them in face of such sheer adversity.  

As well as the wicked storylines and dabbles with supernatural creatures and mythology, there is also a lot of philosophical reflection about religion and humanity that is so cleverly mixed in to the story giving it extra depth alongside the action, without being pretentious or unnecessary.  

This book has so much going for it. Like its prequel, it is so much fun and jam-packed with crazy characters, menacing monsters, epic fights and plenty more besides. There is something for everyone and I sincerely hope there are more tales to come out of Golgotha in the near future!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Roald Dahl Books

“The success of a short story is simple, it must have a beginning, a middle and an end. The reader must never want to put it down.” – Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl was a huge part of my childhood reading. My sister and I had most of his books, from his single stories, picture and rhyming books and even a short story anthology. There was something magic about his way of storytelling that was the perfect mix of entertainment and genuinely engaging storyline. And of course who could forget the iconic illustrations by Quentin Blake!
One winning formula that I loved with a lot of his stories was the wily nature of the hero of the tale who would use cunning and brains in quite a humorous way to overcome their situation. For example in George’s Marvellous Medicine, my favourite part was always when George mixes his most foulest mixture of medicine to administer to his awful grandmother. And in Fantastic Mr Fox when he pulls of his amazing heist is another classic moment. 
There is usually quite a cl…

Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

Halloween is fast approaching. Pumpkins are appearing in shops, costumes are on sale and everyone bookish is discussing their favourite scary reads. With an abundance of skulls and spiders, ghosts and ghouls everywhere, it got me thinking about my own experiences of Halloween and relevant reads. 
Nothing to me, reminds me of Halloween in book terms than the Goosebumps books by American author R.L. Stine. They were a huge part of my literary childhood; my sister and I loved the spine tingling tales and collected many of the books. We had stand alone novels, the 3-in-1 collection books, Goosebumps 2000 series, and even a hardback Goosebumps book that wailed when you opened the cover! 
Since the release of the first novel, Welcome to Dead House in July 1992, the books gained immense popularity and commercial success worldwide. As of 2008, the series sold over 350 million books worldwide in 35 languages and has been listed on many bestseller lists, including the New York Times Best Selle…

The Salt Marsh - Prologue

It's my spot on The Salt Marsh blog tour today so below is the prologue from the novel by Clare Carson. Enjoy!
Monday 1 May 1978
Jim did his vanishing act the day of the spring fair. Sam was sitting in her room reading, the last of the apple blossom drifting past her window, Jim and the dog downstairs, her mother Liz and her sisters visiting the new baby of one of Liz’s old friends. Liz often went out on the days that Jim was at home. Her mother’s departure had been preceded by an argument. Sam had half heard Liz shouting, Jim shouting back, but hadn’t taken much notice because she had her head stuck in a book and, anyway, they always argued these days. Liz laughed, and that did catch Sam’s attention because there was something manic about the cackle. She clocked Liz yelling, ‘So if I want to know where you are, I’m supposed to call the fucking Home Secretary, am I?’ The front door crunched. Sam was glad to hide in her room, curled up on her beanbag with her book. As she read, s…