Gunfighter Gothic: Thanksgiving at the House of Absinthe & Steam (2013) – Written by Mark Bousquet – Atomic Anxiety Press
Available only for the Kindle right here, or, if you don’t have a Kindle or don’t want to spend the 99 cents, I’d be happy to send you a free .PDF copy. Just let me know where to send it.
My Gunfighter Gothic series is a weird western, starring Hanna and Jill. The former is the lifelong friend and ex-servant of the latter, but divorced from their Boston home, the two women now stand on equal footing. Originally appearing in How the West Was Weird, Volume 2, Hanna and Jill made their next appearance in Gunfighter Gothic Volume 0: Blood of the Universe, which was a direct sequel.
“Thanksgiving at the House of Absinthe & Steam” actually takes place after the events of the not-yet-released Gunfighter Gothic Volume 1: Under Zeppelin Skies, but it has been designed to work as a stand-alone story.
Here’s the description:
It’s 1866, and Hanna and Jill are on vacation in London but the weird refuses to leave them alone. After a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner, Gunfighter Gothic is hired by an American businessman to discover the cause of his daughter’s maladies, which he believes to be supernatural in origin. Hanna and Jill spend the night partying with his daughter, Pemelia, and her fiancé at the grand opening of the House of Absinthe & Steam, a fashionable cocktail bar run by a brilliant botanist that holds an ancient secret and the key to Pemelia’s fate.
Hanna and Jill are two of my favorite creations, in part because they are tremendously flawed characters, but also because even when things get really weird, they still manage to keep a sense of humor. To learn more about Hanna and Jill, check out the Casting Call posts I wrote about them over at Atomic Anxiety:
If you check out “Thanksgiving at the House of Absinthe & Steam,” I hope you enjoy it. Love it or hate it, I’m always glad to listen to feedback. Please note that this story is for mature audiences: there are instances of sex, alcohol, and drug use. In other words, it’s not a book for kids.
Gunfighter Gothic and all related stories and characters are Copyright Mark Bousquet.