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Wyrd West Chronicles


A Fantasy Western Serial Novel

By Diane Morrison





This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events or locales is purely coincidental.


© 2017, 2018 by Diane Morrison


Aradia Publishing

5583 Silver Star Rd.

Vernon, BC Canada V1B 3P7


Cover Design: Diane Morrison

Interior Design: Diane Morrison & Katje van Loon


All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review to be printed in a newspaper, magazine, website, or journal.



First electronic edition: March 2017. ISBN 978-0-9959276-0-5

Vice & Virtue

First electronic edition: May 2017. ISBN 978-0-9959276-1-2

The Vigil

First electronic edition: July 2017. ISBN 978-0-9959276-2-9

Way of the Gun

First electronic edition: October 2017. ISBN 978-0-9959276-4-3

The Reaping

First electronic edition: December 2017. ISBN 978-0-9959276-5-0

The Widow’s Gambit

First electronic edition: February 2018. ISBN 978-0-9959276-6-7


National Library of Canada Cataloguing in Publication

Morrison, Diane 1975—

                Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West / Diane Morrison


Serial Novel

ISBN 978-0-9959276-9-8

  1. Title 2. Serial Novel 3. Fantasy Fiction, Canadian 4. Western stories 5. Science fiction, Canadian 6. Dystopias 7. Steampunk fiction 8. Short stories, Canadian—Canada, Western 9. Saskatchewan—Fiction 10. Fantasy Adventure 11. Regression (Civilization)—Fiction


No writer truly writes alone.  I would like to thank the Vernon Writer’s Critique Group for helping me to formulate my story into something greater than the sum of its parts.  I would like to thank my beta readers for their extremely helpful feedback.  I would like to thank the indie authors’ community, especially the ladies of the Vegas Fight Club, for being so supportive and welcoming.  Most of all, I would like to thank my partner and editor Jamie for his hard work and his bravery in taking me on, and my husband Erin for his unrelenting love and support.

Patrons & Backers

This book was published in part with the help of my Patrons and Kickstarter Backers! Special thanks to: Alan & Jeremy VS. Science Fiction, An Angell’s Life, Jean-Pierre Ardoguein, Michael Baker, Kate and Andrew Barton, Kent Böettner, Cyndi Brannen, Sarah Buhrman, Robin Cahill, Courtney Cannon, Donalda Cassel, Joshua C. Chadd, Serena J. Fleming, The Creative Fund, Ivo Dominguez Jr., Eryn Driscoll, Robert E. Easton, S.A. Gibson, David Holley, Stephen Hunt, JennQKW, Kedrix, Andrew T. Kuligowski, Dawn Dianna Landry, Sionainn E. McCann, Bonnie Milani, Lanette Miller, Scott Mohnkern, Isabella Mori, Amy J. Murphy, G Man No, Eugene Plawiuk, David Pollard, Kevin Purtell, Reading Indie, Gualter Reis, Joshua Robertson, J.I. Rogers, Selene Shiro, Derek Devereaux Smith, D. Kevin Stilwell Jr., Katje Van Loon, Robert Walters, Astrid Winegar, Dominic Wheeler, Casey June Wolf, and Judith Wouk. Thank you so much!



For my mom, for many things, but mostly for giving me the gift of a lifetime of joy in reading.

Vice & Virtue

For my son Dan, who inspires me to be a better person.

The Vigil

For Tamara, who believed in me before anyone else did.

Way of the Gun

For Steve, for putting up with my shit.

The Reaping

For the crazy-as-I-am people who do NaNoWriMo every November.

The Widow’s Gambit

For Jamie and Erin.  They know why.


Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West

For Blue, who was my Sandy.

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