The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection

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 when a broke cowboy and a glamorous big city reporter fall head over boot heels in love.

But she carries a 2000-year-old secret in her veins that will test their unusual romance to the very edge of death, and beyond. Grab the reins and hold on tight as Tucker and Lizzie stampede across rural America and through the vampire afterlife, desperate to protect their unlikely love from lust, betrayal and bad country music. Can there be a happy ever after for a cowboy and a vampire or is their love a delusion?

The award-winning best-selling series

Saddle up for a hilarious, sexy, existential gallop through the modern American west with an army of ancient bloodsuckers in hot pursuit.

First published in 1999, on the leading edge of the vampire resurgence in the modern era, the cult-classic series is back and better than ever! 

"Pour yourself a shot of the good stuff and settle in for a wickedly good read. 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.” East Oregonian

"Grabs readers from the first page and never lets go! The story is captivating, the characters are vibrant, the world lived-in, and the mythology uniquely engaging. Scene setting, be it in the snowy Russian vampire stronghold or the dusty town of LonePine, grounds the story perfectly. A shining paranormal western gem, a fantastic series.” IndieReader 

The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection includes four books (which can be purchased as a collection or individually):

  • A Very Unusual Romance
  • Blood and Whiskey
  • Rough Trails and Shallow Graves
  • The Last Sunset

Read the Prologue and Chapter One for A Very Unusual Romance

A rollicking ride, passionate, powerfully compelling. As blood flows and bullets fly, immortality and love are put to the test. Fans of westerns, gothics, romance and thrillers alike will find a gripping story line that’s unpredictable and hard to put down.” D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Rawhide romance with bloody fangs. While mashing up all the stereotypical plot elements of paranormal vampire and contemporary western romance, The Cowboy and the Vampire delivers unremitting fun and a damn good read.” Fresh Fiction

Love and blood in the modern West. A thrilling page-turner…an outstandingly entertaining series. Introducing racial issues isn’t the only adjustment the authors have made to the vampire mythos, but 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. While a number of existentialist underpinnings give the series depth, the book is first and foremost a thriller, upping the ante in every chapter as bullets fly and relationships strain under the weight of old loyalties and new revelations. In a way, it’s a shame more time isn’t spent exploring the existence of the meta world where consciousnesses wait out the daylight hours and immortality has all sorts of ramifications for human spirituality. But with strong writing, funny characters (no irony is lost on one vampiress who takes to sporting a “Future Farmers of America” jacket) and plenty of action, it’s hard to fault the authors for keeping the focus on a story this riveting.” Kirkus Reviews

“A terrific, original piece of vampire lore. The characters—even the secondary ones—are all so rich and multi-layered, it’s hard not to get involved with them and care about their fates. Even Rex the dog has a distinct personality that makes him an essential member of the ensemble.” Bloodthirsty Muses

Go ahead. You’re trying not to laugh at the title. Let it out! It’s funny and so is the book. Get a few pages into The Cowboy and The Vampire and you’ll be laughing with them, not at them. There is grief, loss, and pain on a human and inhuman scale, but there is so much more. The humor in The Cowboy and The Vampire is sly and adult. And, perhaps best of all, the characters are complex and unpredictable. Each creature is an individual, not a type, not a tin soldier to be moved around without thought.” SF Site Featured Review

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Named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014 list, honored as among the best books of 2016 by IndieReader, and recipient of a 2017 Silver IPPY Medal for Horror.  


Just West of Hell

Early Hardiman, once one of the deadliest gunslingers in the West, needed two things when he rode into LonePine — a place to spend the night and revenge.  

An old-West prequel to The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection

In the waning decades of the 19th century, LonePine faced an uncertain future. The gold mine was played out, the big ranches were barely scraping by — usually on the remnants of the little ones — and the long, brutal winters meant restless dreamers and entrepreneurs passed right by on their way to California. At first glance, Early saw only a ramshackle outpost of losers and lunatics deep in Wyoming Territory. But then he stepped into the decaying Pearl, the classiest brothel west of St. Louis, where he met Grace. Nothing would ever be the same again.

Soon enough, Early was wearing the sheriff’s badge and doing his damndest to protect Grace and the residents of LonePine. Early was fine with drunk miners, rowdy cowhands and thieving rustlers, but he didn’t know he’d also be up against the undead, zombies and snake oil peddlers.

What Amazon readers are saying:

"Clark Hays is the up and coming Stephen King! Man spins a hell of yarn! I will read everything he writes."

"When I picked up Just West of Hell I thought that it might be a fun book to read. Boy, was I surprised! It was not only fun but written extremely well. Early and his gal are two of my favorite people. The relationship between the two makes for a terrific book alone. Then when you throw in the supernatural aspects it only magnifies the enjoyment. I am usually not one for zombie stories but this was presented in such a logical way it wrapped me up into the tale. Clark Hays is a wonderful story teller and I look forward to the next book."