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writer, publisher :
Kathleen McFall
Pumpjack Press

The award-winning The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection (four books)

Tag line: Longmire meets Preacher with a Hank Williams and Patsy Cline soundtrack

"A thrilling page-turner, an outstandingly entertaining series...keeps getting better and better." Kirkus Reviews

"This deliciously dark, witty novel will be a hit with fans of Anne Rice and Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Booklist

"Sexy, funny, scary and it will get your heart jumping like a pickup truck on an old county road." East Oregonian

The first book of this series A Very Unusual Romance was published in 1999, long before the vampire craze. With comparisons to Anne Rice and Zane Grey, the book gained a devoted following and established a new genre: Western Gothic. Fast forward a decade, and the publisher (Llewellyn) brought out the book as a second edition in 2010. Meanwhile, the authors wrote the second book in the series - Blood and Whiskey - bringing it out under their own imprint (Pumpjack Press, 2012). In 2013, they gained all the rights back for the original book, and with the May 2014 publication of Book 3 - Rough Trails and Shallow Graves - the restored Cowboy and Vampire series was released for the first time in 15 years as a complete collection. The authors published a fourth (and final) book in the series arc in 2016 - The Last Sunset. All rights are now held by Pumpjack Press.

Book summaries

A Very Unusual Romance: Saddle up for a hilarious, existential gallop through the dying American west with an army of ancient bloodsuckers in hot pursuit. Welcome to LonePine, Wyoming, population 438, where the best of the west faces off against the rise of the undead. It’s a love story for the ages. Worlds collide in The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance, when a broke cowboy and a glamorous big city reporter fall lipstick over boot heels in love. But she carries a 2000-year-old secret in her veins that will test their unusual romance. Can her big city smarts combined with his western courage keep an undead love alive? This is the first book of The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection.

Blood and Whiskey: Relationships are always hard, but for a broke cowboy and a newly turned vampire, true love may be murderous. Welcome back to LonePine, Wyoming, population 438. It's like any other slowly dying town in the modern American West. Except it’s suddenly lousy with vampires. Cultures clash as the vampire illuminati ride into town to settle ancient scores, test loyalties and thrash out a new world order. Grab the reins and hold on tight as Tucker and Lizzie stampede through rural America and across the vampire afterlife, desperate to protect their unlikely love as they are drawn ever deeper into the bloody world of the undead. Can the fragile relationship between a cowboy and a vampire survive lust, betrayal and country music? This is the second book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection.

Rough Trails and Shallow Graves: Say goodbye to LonePine, Wyoming, a typical small town in the American west with typical small town problems — romantic intrigues, warm beer and vampires. When Lizzie goes missing on their wedding night, Tucker is forced to team up with his bloodthirsty Russian nemesis to find answers. Crashing through cowboy country, the vampire spirit world and wrecked salmon canneries, they confront an evil more ancient than even the undead — human greed — twisting science into something terrible. Can there be a happily-ever-after for a cowboy and vampire, or is their unusual love just a delusion? Time to cowboy up! (Named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014 List).

The Last Sunset: Take one long, last look at LonePine, Wyoming, population 438. It's been two years since the vampires quit the quirky little town and things are mostly back to normal -- broken dreams and never enough whiskey. But that's about to go to hell.Hold on tight for a midnight showdown when a psychotic religious order takes the entire town hostage -- including Tucker's long-lost brother -- to lure Lizzie from her frozen exile in Russia. The mad monks know Lizzie's murder will strand the ruling vampire elite in a disembodied afterlife so the cult can impose their twisted beliefs on the living and undead alike. It's a rip-roarin' stampede as a cowboy and a vampire try to round up the shattered pieces of their unusual romance.With the fate of the world on the line yet again, can Tucker and Lizzie put aside their broken hearts to face one last sunset together? Slap leather or reach for the sky.

About the authors

Clark Hays was raised on a ranch in Montana and spent his formative years branding cows, riding horses and writing. His poetry, creative fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, magazines and newspapers. Most recently, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for a short story appearing in Opium magazine. Kathleen McFall was born and raised in the heart of Washington, D.C. She has worked as a university PIO and a journalist. She has published hundreds of articles.Previously, she was awarded a fellowship for fiction writing from Oregon Literary Arts. The authors live in Portland, Oregon.

This writer is looking for an agent
Horror, Western Gothic
“Riveting, existentialist underpinnings give it depth, the book is a thriller, upping the ante in every chapter, as bullets fly and relationships strain under the weight of old loyalties and new revelations ...It’s more than just the details that set this series apart. Rather, it’s the way the authors utilize those details to create meaningful conflicts and world-altering choices for the characters.Those who missed out on the first book will really have to hang on if they want to follow what’s happening, but it’s worth it for this tale of love and blood in the modern West.” Kirkus Reviews

"Relationships are tumultuous when they may only last a few decades, but when they last eternity, it can get more difficult. "Blood and Whiskey" is a novel of adventure, horror, and cowboys as a follow up to previous novel 'The Cowboy and the Vampire', as couple Tucker and Lizzie retreat to a tiny town to of LonePine, hoping to settle down, but the reality of the Vampires on their trail may make that an impossibility. A riveting read that explores many concepts on top of the intrigue of vampires in the lawless lands of the west, "Blood and Whiskey" is a choice and very much recommended read, not to be missed." Midwest Book Review

"...if you're looking for a combination of sex, blood and Western romance, pour yourself a shot of the good stuff and settle in for a wickedly good read." Renee Struthers, The East Oregonian

"As a vampire novel, The Cowboy and the Vampire is sure to satisfy Dracula fans’ expectations. However, this book has a little something extra to offer readers. A little something that harkens back to the days when man fought against the wild in the name of civilization." Writastic Thoughts from the Thinking Realm

One of the weirdest stories I have ever read. It’s right up there with Neil Gaiman’s man-swallowing woman parts and talking tents. Instead, here we have rocket-launching, womb-sucking, Bible-bending, non-pointy-toothed vampires. And love. And cowboys. If I had to liken this book to a movie, it would be to Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk to Dawn. The Avid Reader

“A must read for fans of vampire fiction. It’s one of the best in the genre that I have read this year.” A Chick Who Reads Book Blog

"The authors have managed to blend traditional cowboy clichés with a truly gothic, yet modern, vampire atmosphere. The have added unusual twists to the vampire mythology, such as the references to a vampire Bible. The authors are extremely gifted writers; the dialogue is brilliant: all the characters have their own speech patterns, accents, their very own voice; they all sound as unique as they are. THE COWBOY AND THE VAMPIRE wonderfully colourful, very funny sometimes, suspenseful, and wildly entertaining." Fresh Fiction

"I absolutely loved it! I can't wait for more from these wonderful writers ... And last, but most certainly not least, came what I thought was the HOTTEST (and most tragic) couple in this book: Virote and Elita. Calling it love at first sight would not be accurate in this case. More like lust at every turn. Favorite quote: “Vampire-sicles,” Tucker said. “There’s a flavor that ain’t gonna catch on at the Tastee Freeze next summer.” Blood and Whiskey definitely kept me laughing throughout most of the book. The humor was both light and dark, but always tasteful." Reading Lark After Dark

"Campy and cool, these authors know how to rock the vampire world and turn the Wild West, wild again as they conquer everything you thought you knew about vampires and their associates! Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall are original and entertaining authors. Brilliant! " Deb Preville, A Bookish Libraria

All rights excluding e-book are available. Contact Pumpjack Press. Interests: Film, serialization, graphic novel adaptations, foreign. Agents welcome.
The third book in this series (Rough Trails and Shallow Graves) was named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014 list. The fourth book (The Last Sunset) was named to Indie Reader Best Books of 2016.