Welcome to the online home of GUNFIGHTER GOTHIC, a series of weird western stories involving Americans Hanna Pak and Jill Masters investigating cases of the weird and dangerous in the years following the Civil War.

Raised together as a merchant’s daughter and her servant, Jill and Hanna leave Boston in 1866 on the hunt of Jill’s kidnapped fiancé, but quickly become embroiled in all the weird the world has to offer.

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Under Zeppelin Skies
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It’s 1866. Jill Masters, a merchant’s daughter, and Hanna Pak, her servant, have left Boston for the American West. They’re on the trail of Dotson Winters, Jill’s kidnapped fiancé, a man she doesn’t love but has agreed to marry to save her father’s business.

Dotson finds them first, and reveals that he has faked his kidnapping to intercept the Colony List, a catalog of secret agents living as servants in the most powerful houses throughout the world. Now, Jill wants him to save her father’s business and Hanna wants him to save the lives of those who, like her parents, spent their lives protecting the world in secret. The women chase Dotson across the American West and finally to England, where they have their final showdown in Kraken Moor, and English castle possessed by demons.

Along the way, the two women have to reconcile their new arrangement. Hanna wants to be treated as an equal, but Jill is not quite ready to let their old arrangement go. Can the two women work together long enough to accomplish their goals? And what happens to them if they do? In finding themselves, will the two women lose each other?

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Absinthe & Steam
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Fresh from their battle at the haunted Kraken Moor, Hanna and Jill are back for more investigations into the dangerously weird and weirdly dangerous.

The vacationing Americans are hitting Victorian England hard in three horror stories that pit them against reborn Celtic gods, robots from outer space, a brilliant French botanist, and an Arthurian wizard.

In “Thanksgiving at the House of Absinthe & Steam,” a wild night of drinking a new brand of absinthe leads to a disturbing revelation about just how those drinks are created.

“God in the Steam” sees Hanna & Jill facing off against a Celtic god trying to break the chains of Hell by murdering his half-human son.

“The Worldly Introduction of Lady Absinthe & Gentleman Steam, Occult Detectives” ties both stories together, and this time it’s a brainwashed Jill that needs to hire someone to help her with a case of the weird: her mistress, Haneul, is determined to bring Merlin back from the dead to assassinate Queen Victoria!

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Black Christmas
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Hanna & Jill are spending the 1866 Christmas season adventuring across France! There’s little time for eggnog drinking and tree trimming, however, as they confront all manner of Christmas foes: the Krampus, Sinterklaas, Mother Noel, the Progenitors of Steam, a giant snowman, a secret society of child kidnappers, leaping lords, milking maids, feisty french hens, the Partridge, the Metronome, and a very special man in a red coat who sees you when you’re sleeping and plays very, very naughty.

The third volume of collected Gunfighter Gothic stories opens with a mysterious woman crawling to the End of Time. Seeking a purpose to her life, the Metronome is more than happy to give her one that will send her hurtling across time and into conflict with the determined women of Gunfighter Gothic.

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American Valkyrie
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It’s the summer of 1867, and after almost a year overseas, Hanna Pak and Jill Masters have returned to the United States. The women of Gunfighter Gothic are ready for some rest and relaxation, but they enter the city of San Francisco during a time of turmoil: the United States Army is in charge, prisoners are vanishing from the city’s jails, and even though it’s the middle of August, a supernatural chill has enveloped the city.

Hanna and Jill quickly become entangled with the glory-seeking Colonel Washburn, the widowed hotelier, Kerstin Demoff, and the operator of a local den of vice, Madam Lhong. As the two Bostonians investigate the mystery of the vanishing prisoners, however, a new player takes the field: Andi, a strange Indian woman in Viking armor, appears out of thin air to kill the city’s men and shepherd them to Niflheim, where they will serve in the army of her mother, Helreginn, a Nordic priestess.

Helreginn has more in mind than the conquest of San Francisco, however. She has built an army of zombies, of ghosts, and of giant white worms for a more personal purpose: the murder of Hanna Pak. But why does a witch they’ve never met want Hanna dead? And what secret does Helreginn keep from her daughter about Andi’s true origin?

Caught between the machinations of the Nordic priestess and her warrior daughter on one side, and Washburn, Demoff, and Lhong on the other, Hanna and Jill fight to save both the city and the soul of the American Valkyrie!

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The Bandolier

“The Bandolier filled the deputy’s gut with buckshot, the sheriff’s heart with four .32 caliber rimfire bullets, and then locked himself inside a cell to wait for a higher power.”

It’s the fall of 1867 and Hanna Pak and Jill Masters are in Nevada, hunting dead men who won’t stay dead.

The women of Gunfighter Gothic ride up on an army fort full of sleeping soldiers, but before they can unravel what’s transpired, they get pulled into local politics. Crick, Nevada is a town that’s little more than a fly on the scorched backside that is the American West, yet full of secrets. Caught between the town’s main benefactor, preacher, accountant, doctor, and cleaning woman, Hanna and Jill find themselves amidst a group of people who aren’t what they claim, but don’t know what they really are.

At the center of this investigation is the mysterious Bandolier, a man exceptionally good at killing lawmen who have a nasty habit of coming back to life.

But is the Bandolier responsible for the undead … or just a pawn in the game of a much higher power?

This is the fifth book in the Gunfighter Gothic series, but a perfect jumping on point for new readers!

Gunfighter Gothic and all related characters, stories, and images are Copyright 2012-present, Mark Bousquet (bousquet-dot-mark@gmail.com