Books and Magazines — February 25, 2013 at 6:40 am

The Six-Gun Tarot By R.S. Belcher


«The Wild West was never as wild as Golgotha, nor as mysterious . . . Against the backdrop of Chinese and Mormon mythology and the Civil War,
with a bit of Frankenstein for color, the mix of theology, frontier justice, and zombies is merely cover for an intense and
irreverent exploration of good, evil, and free will.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
«An astonishing blend of first-rate steampunk fantasy and Western adventure.  The author reinvents Wild West stereotypes into fresh,
original characters and imbues the landscape with its own mystical characteristics….the power of the author’s storytelling
and strong characters deserve as wide an audience as possible.
Library Journal (Debut of the Month and Starred Review)
Morning Miriam!
Aisha from TOR here – I hope you had a nice weekend. R.S. BELCHER burst onto the Fantasy scene with his debut novel, THE SIX-GUN TAROT (A Tor Hardcover; On-Sale: January 22, 2013; $25.99), which has already received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Best described as Buffy meets DeadwoodSIX-GUN TAROT is a historical fantasy novel that is dark and wildly imaginative!Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than
he’s letting on.A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.

Wildly entertaining and filled with intrigue and adventure, THE SIX-GUN TAROT will captivate and delight readers.

If you did not receive a copy or have plans to review, please let me know. I would really appreciate it.

Best, Aisha

Tor and Forge Books
175 Fifth Avenue, 13th Fl
New York, NY 10010

Keep an eye on Belcher because if this, his first novel, is any indication, he will be a must-read. THE SIX-GUN TAROT is nothing short of fantastic:
a complex page-turner with philosophical, metaphysical, and mystical underpinnings. Placing his tale in Nevada in 1869, Belcher deftly describes
a complex set of characters and a setting so sharp you can feel the dust in your mouth.”
Belcher draws readers into a fascinating world that reads like a mashup of
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Deadwood. Part western, part urban fantasy, part coming-of-age tale, Belcher’s story balances all pieces perfectly, twining the historical around the supernatural, make it impossible for one piece to exist without the other. The characters are compelling,
often reaching beyond the usual genre tropes. The Wild West was a weird place,
and Belcher proves that–in spades.”
RT Book Reviews
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, with no signs of newbie hesitation. He jumps right in!”
Locus Magazine
This is R.S. Belcher’s first novel, but there are enough ideas present to fit out at least
five more. Golgotha is a vibrant and complex little dot on the map, full of impressively three-dimensional characters.
Sometimes it feels like the fantasy genre, the books about man versus monster, are stuck in an endless cycle of repeating themselves.
But with debuts like this, I feel confident that there are still new and fresh ways to tell these stories.”
Geek Speak Magazine
THE SIX-GUN TAROT is 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 of Dust & Decay and Assassin’s Code
“A steampunk’d romp through a Mythic West drenched in blood and magic.
Any book containing pirates, Armageddon, fallen angels, talking coyotes, and two entirely different ancient cults
is clearly not your average Western.  SIX-GUN TAROT delivers.”
—Rosemary Edghill, co-author of Dead Reckoning
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