All good things must, eventually, come to an end — including vampires. Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall have penned the fourth and last book in The Cowboy and the Vampire series. “The Last Sunset” brings a close to the tale of Lizzie, Tucker and the rest of the gang with a finale that will leave you covered in blood and begging for more. It’s sexy, it’s funny, it’s scary, and it will get your heart jumping like a pickup truck on an old county road. Read the full review.

A reader crafted this “album cover” for the The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, imagining the story as a collection of songs. What songs would they be? What type of music? Country western maybe, the real stuff, of course. Whisky-throated. Or maybe Industrial Trance with a lot of whistling….

This was drawn by “kandygraphics” from Sri Lanka.

“With a unique take on vampires, The Last Sunset is a stellar conclusion to a fantastic series with choice elements from romance, paranormal, horror, and westerns. It grabs readers from the first page and never lets go. Even for new readers, Hays and McFall’s story is captivating, the characters are vibrant, the world lived-in, and the mythology uniquely engaging.

“The Last Sunset is the fourth book in The Cowboy and the Vampire series. This time around, everything Tucker holds dear is once again threatened. A sinister cult obsessed with death ruthlessly hound vampires while recruiting lost humans in the hopes of taking over the world. Tucker’s lost love Lizzie serves a vampire queen attempting to civilize her tribe into honoring the rules and hunting only when necessary. The cult, Lizzie and her kind, and Tucker all collide in LonePine with the fate of the world in the balance. In a refreshing twist on the standard vampire lore, vampires experience death every dawn and are separated from their bodies until nightfall brings their spiritual form back to the corporeal.”  >> Read the full five-star review at INDIE REVIEW  #lastsunset


JonesIt’s just past midnight in the middle of nowhere. A battered old blue pickup truck is parked haphazardly, abandoned, by the side of a deserted highway. The engine is running and the driver’s door is thrown open. The headlights are on but fading fast, barely able to light up the barbed wire fence and the sagebrush beyond. Just beyond that, where the night seems even darker, something moves in the shadows. Inside the empty truck, the radio is blaring. The song, crackling with static: Hank Williams, “Your Cheating Heart.”

The soundtrack to true terror is classic country. Classic country from the 1950s and 1960s has the raw, heartbroken emotion of bone-deep despair that makes the blood run cold. The people of LonePine, Wyoming, like in most small towns in the slowly dying American West, know about heartbreak and economic despair. And ever since the undead showed up, they know about terror too. That’s probably why every pickup truck radio, every jukebox in every saloon, and every portable radio is belting out classic country while the rest of the world has moved on. Read the rest of this entry »

This contest is now concluded! 

A big thank you to our readers! Enter now to win a signed copy of the fourth and final book of The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection! 5 copies of The Last Sunset, a book Kirkus Reviews called “provocatively sensual, existential and outstandingly entertaining!” The East Oregonian newspaper said “It will get your heart jumping like a pick-up truck on an old county road.” Enter the giveaway here! 


1. You write in a relatively unknown genre you call Western Gothic. What is it? Western Gothic is a style of fiction that transplants the moody, death-obsessed themes of classic gothic fiction (think Castle of Otranto or, of course, Dracula) to the wide open, inspiring vistas of the modern west (Riders of the Purple Sage or All the Pretty Horses).

Western Gothic exists in the negative space between dark and light. Gothic fiction uses the darkness–the creepy atmosphere, curious, obsessive behavior and morbid thoughts–to focus on the light, providing the perfect backdrop to illuminate the best in people: the desire to overcome death, to hope and to love.Westerns, ironically, use the light to set off the dark, weaving stories of good men pushed to the limits by the cruelty and avarice of others (usually tyrannical land owners) or the blind apathy of nature. Western Gothic lives in the borderlands between the two worlds, a forever twilight of gray nights and last sunsets. To put it in contemporary terms, it’s Longmire meets Preacher.

We suspect we may have unintentionally invented the genre with The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, a series of four books set in the modern rural west and featuring sexy, brooding vampires bent on world domination. Since the first book’s publication in 1999, we’re happy to see a few others trying out the genre.

2. Why Western Gothic and when did you first start writing in the genre? 
We love writing in the Western Gothic genre because we get to explore huge,archetypal themes about human consciousness, love and death, AND we get to move our characters across stunning natural landscapes with deconstructed shootouts and heart-pounding action. Add in the quirky humor natural to small towns and along-suffering cowdog with the soul of a poet–and some pretty steamy undead erotica–and we hope it makes for an unforgettable reading experience.  Read the rest of this entry »

The reviews for The Last Sunset are rolling in….

“A rollicking ride, passionate, powerfully compelling.”

“The stakes are higher than ever in the latest chapter of this outstandingly entertaining series.”The_Last-Sunset-Hays-and-McFall-Cover

“A finale that will leave you covered in blood and begging for more.”

“A terrific, original piece of vampire lore. It’s never a dull moment in Lone Pine, sometimes it’s scary, and sometimes it’s downright heart-wrenching. This final volume is no exception.”

“This is a fantastic and slightly off-beat series and I’m sad this is the last one and we’re saying goodbye to these guys.”

“Longmire meets Preacher!”

“These two authors nail every detail about ranch life, horses, and probably Vampires, perfectly.”

From the back cover:

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.

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kirkus_500x95“Bullet-riddled and blood-soaked, this installment smartly weaves a narrative between the threads left loose at the end of the last book, while sprinting through its action-propelled plot. The writing team of Hays and McFall keeps getting better and better. As the tension builds, the estranged lovers will have to work together to protect the ones they love and find a way to prevent the Guild from sacrificing the world in the name of its ancient god. But Tucker is a proud man, and Lizzie still believes her decision to desert him was for the best. At times graphically violent, provocatively sensual, and even existential, this novel maintains the series’ reputation as a thrilling page-turner that will satiate its readers’ desire for compelling action conveyed through a saga of undying love. The stakes are higher than ever in the latest chapter of this outstandingly entertaining vampire series.”

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We love reader reviews and here are a few excerpts from recently posted on Amazon for Just West of Hell.

SUPERNATURAL mysteries are not new. As this story happens in the 1800s and is visited by old DEMONS, the undead and REGULAR ZOMBIES we must note they have existed for…well , as long as mankind, maybe longer. This entertaining tale of the old west tells how they dealt with the evil in their days. Probably better than in our times…

There is a rich history of Old West lawmen who kept the peace in one horse, one bar towns spread across the empty west. Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, Bat Masterson in Kansas come to mind, along with plenty of other less known names, mostly largely forgotten but essential to the peaceful settlement of those deeply remote places, which attracted far more than their fair share of desperadoes – all carrying sidearms. Early Hardiman, sheriff of LonePine, Wyoming during the 1890s was cut from the same lawman cloth but, in addition to the run-of-the-mill bad guys he had dispatched serially one by one, Early had to contend with the undead world of vampires, drawn to LonePine in a series of earlier convulsions. This short, imaginative novel, reads fast and satisfies fully.

I’m a big fan of The Cowboy and the Vampire series. This was an exciting, entertaining, crusty, twisted, and rip-snortin’ peek at the history of LonePine. I loved it.

Clark Hays’ latest is now available. From Clark: “A little thank you to our readers to tide you over as you wait patiently for Book 4!” And here’s a #giveaway over on Amazon for Just West of Hell; for a little while, it’s Just West of FREE!

Wet your whistle with a whiskey-flavored time-travel adventure back to LonePine when it was just a bend in a muddy, horse-trodden road in Wyoming Territory, where fading gunslinger-turned-good-guy sheriff Early Hardiman faces off against the occult in the defense of passion.What is it about LonePine that attracts the good, the bad and the undead? Could it be something in the geology?

From Pumpjack Press to you: Happy Spring! We hope you enjoy this appetizer to The Last Sunset, coming in June 2016.