I was inspired to create a scarecrow for the cactus garden. I pondered what kind to make and decided on a cowboy. But not just any cowboy!
From my Kindle novella "Josiah: Undead Cowboy," I decided to design my scarecrow.
This is one of my favorite books I ever wrote and it's the first in the Midnight Arroyo Series. I am completing book two and three. Three stories with all involving magical gold and an arroyo that ran through all three towns. The themes involve vampires, zombies, and werewolves in an old west setting with reluctant heroes.
How did the cowboy get to this point? One day Josiah was an anonymous cowpoke in a gold rush town, the next day he was undead. Was there anyway he could end his eternity in the Arizona desert? The answers were deep inside an abandoned gold mine where the Spirit of the Gold and his ghoulish minions resided. As the self-proclaimed guardian of the ghost town filled with ghosts, Josiah walks the line between dead and alive. When the cowboy tries to protect a woman from the ghouls, it becomes apparent that she might have more to fear from him. This 25,000 word, 7-chapter novella is the first in a series of western twists on horror classic themes, a series entitled “Midnight Arroyo.”
Here's the beginnings of Josiah - and I am proud to say that all the materials were found or lying around - nothing bought.