Six Guns of Madness by Nigel G. Mitchell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Darke Boys are after the Muertonomicon, the only thing that can summon Quiluru, tentacled god from beyond the stars, from his eternal slumber. The only things standing between the town of Blackwood and utter annihilation are three gunfighters: Dylan Blaine, Ethan Tombstone, and The Kid.
Six Guns of Madness is everything the title implies: gunfighters against Lovecraftian horrors. Doctor Darke has harnessed the unholy alien technology of Quiluru and his Darke Boys are running amock on gross froggy-horsey-tentacley things, packing heat rays and bulletproof armor. The good guys have six shooters and an eccentric inventor on their side.
This is a really slim story so I can't divulge more of the plot. It's packed with all the goodies you'd expect in such a tale: gunfights, non-Euclidean geometry, and tentacles. It was really light on character development and most of the characters were stereotypes but you kind of expect that in a one shot short story. Quiluru was Cthulhu with a lick of paint but I understand why the author would want to go his own way with things. All things considered, it was a worthwhile short story to read.
This weird western was a tastey little morsel and free on the Kindle when I nabbed it. Three out of five stars.
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