I'm proud to announce that my debut book, The Horse Thieves and Other Tales of the New West, is now available from Amazon in KINDLE and PAPERBACK formats. Released by Hazardous Press, the book features cover art by Dwayne Vance.
In an alternate American West both eerily familiar and vastly different from our own, a man’s car is his steed. Years ago, Yoshimitsu Automobiles purchased all the struggling car companies and formed Consolidated Motor Corp or CMC. Any "horse" worth its shoes is made by the conglomerate, which owns "ranches" across the country. With a stranglehold on the market, CMC does what it wants, when it wants, how it wants — all at the direction of the company’s vainglorious president, Darwin E. Hayes
This is the world where Crawford — a cynical gun-for-hire — lives, works and has learned to survive. It’s not an easy life in the dusty, cutthroat towns of the west, but it’s one where Crawford is fortunate enough to have a roof over his head, a beautiful and willful woman at his side, and a trusty horse on his hitching post — a CMC Colt.
And here's what readers are saying:
"Scalisi’s is a collection worth a leisurely read — unhitch it from its post, jump in the saddle, and take The Horse Thieves out for a ride."
"Americans love their cars, especially the classic muscle cars of yesteryear, and the cowboy is a uniquely American imagine of rugged individuality, so the idea of hard-eyed men riding the range with a roaring V8 instead of a horse fits pretty easily."
"The Horse Thieves and Other Tales of the New West
takes the concept of the Old West and twists it up a bit onto it's ear.
The idea of adding in hot rod cars and automotive prowess to the old
Western novella gave these tales a new way to go and kept the reader
Patrick Scalisi is a journalist, magazine editor and emerging author from Connecticut. He has published fiction in several magazines, including The Willows, Neo-opsis and ReadShortFiction.com, among others. His short stories have appeared in a number of fiction anthologies, including An Honest Lie Vol. 2, Shadowplay and Penny Dread Tales Vol. 1. Pat also had the opportunity to serve as the guest editor of The Ghost Is the Machine, a bestselling anthology of steampunk-horror stories from Post Mortem Press. When he's not writing, Pat enjoys watching way too many movies than are good for him, reading more books than he has shelves for and listening to music (his tastes range from classical to classic and modern rock).
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