Live Free or Ride: Tales of the Concord Coach

He spent his time reading
by Elaine Isaak | Westerns |
ISBN: 9780996218238 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/18/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, January 18, 2020
This is the fifth volume in the New Hampshire Pulp Fiction series of themed anthologies by local authors; this one has a western theme, though from the UFOs on the cover there's undoubtedly some genre-bending going on. I got it from the NH Booksellers web site.

Later: Another entertaining anthology here, by (according to the book-spine) "diverse ranch hands". And yes, there are different genres represented, though the majority of stories dealt with Concord coaches (manufactured in Concord NH from 1827 to 1915) in the wild west. Among my favorite entries:

"Going Home" by Dan Brian, which blends a stark Western setting with a mystical family connection to vultures.

"Live Free or Bride" by Laura Brennan, a Western steampunk alternate-history tale with some very compelling characters.

"The Graveyard Watcher" by Sharon Daynard has a modern-day setting in a New Hampshire cemetery, using the Concord coach as a vehicle for a changing of the guard of the mythical (or is it?) "graveyard watcher" - the last person buried in a cemetery must remain on watch until the next burial, meaning that when a cemetery is abandoned the last watcher up may be stuck there indefinitely.

"One Last Ride" by Justine Graykin is a charming ghostly-return/flooded-cemetery tale - yep, I said "charming" {wry grin}.

"A Trip to Gehanna" by Kyle Rader is a chiller about a sinister Western town in the middle of a vast desert, where travelers might find themselves waylaid; there's a nice turnaround in this one. [It'd make a dandy film in the right hands!]

"New Hampshire Pulp Fiction" by Leah Brent is a delightful story centering on a giant pumpkin boat competition (such things do exist; check out this one), with a touch of romance.

"The Sunchaser" by David O'Keefe features a young girl who gets to ride on a magical Concord coach - a sweet story, and fun for NH readers as it's set in my town and refers to a number of well-known local landmarks.

"A Space of Ground" by Jim Breyfogle has a Western setting with touches of magic, as the main character tries to fend off would-be robbers of the stagecoach; nice atmosphere here.

"The Call of the Concord Coach" by Clay Wirestone is an entertaining homage to the works of H. P. Lovecraft, suggesting that eldritch horrors have taken over the Concord coaches, turning them into ravenous beings.

And there's much more, from romances to thrillers. Good collection!

The other books in the series (all with titles that spin the state motto "Live Free or Die"):

Live Free or Undead (horror)
Live Free or Die! Die! Die! (mystery)
Live Free or Sci-Fi (SF)
Love Free or Die (romance)
Live Free or Dragons (fantasy)

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, 214 Main St. in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, April 06, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (4/6/2020 UTC) at Little Free Library, 214 Main St. in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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*** Released for the 2020 There's No Place Like Home challenge, for local authors/local setting/indie publisher. ***

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