The Event: Gold Rush
The violent outlaw known as "Red Jack" stepped off the train in Witherspoon, California. After a stop in the Painted Dollar Saloon, Jack immediately shot a U.S. Marshal stationed in town and locked himself in a prison cell. The next morning, he was dead - with no apparent cause. This event set up a bizarre chain reaction of incidents all across the Old West.
Here are four stories that explore the possibilities.
The Chalice of Cana by Steve Metcalf: After being struck by lightning, Mr. Gregory builds a church to house a recently uncovered holy relic. Unfortunately, ownership of the relic brings an otherworldly spate of bad luck to the entire town.
Three Brothers by Robert S. Miller: A bastard son entices his drug-addled father into the Canadian wilderness to either atone for his misdeeds or become food for the wolves.
Repentance by Alicia Copeland: On his death bed, a man's remorseless confession reveals a tale of seance, murder, and the truth about Red Jack's legendary death.
Several Instances In Which Time Travel Ruins The Old West by Orrin Hanratty: A series of communications illustrates the challenges faced by the Louson-Jones Temporal Maintenance Corporation.
Join our authors as one springboard launches four very different stories.
Boss Walnuts walked from area to area in Building 5 completely oblivious to the grim fog of death that hung fatly over the entire Paradox Iron complex. He walked with his arms clasped behind his back and an unlit cigar clenched tightly between his teeth.
"Let them hate me," he had once told a friend, echoing a favorite expression of Julius Caesar. "As long as they fear me."
- Paradox Iron