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The Hangman Feeds the Jackal

Blood, Sweat, and Fears

“Can someone who promises to deliver the disparate pleasures of both the Gothic and the Western deliver? Coy Hall can. This is a terrific story with an unconventional hero, imagistic writing, a great cast of memorable characters, a profound understanding and empathy for animals, and then there’s the carnage, My God, the carnage…there’s a composure and confidence in everything the writer attempts here and he attempts quite a lot. I can hardly wait for the sequel.”

—Regan MacArthur, Goodreads review


Elijah Valero is a gunfighter afflicted with terrifying hallucinations, including a pervasive one of The Hangman out to kill him.

Dogged by the relentless specter of the Hangman, Valero mistakenly kills innocent victims and is forced to hide in an abandoned monastery for his own safety and for those of others. Once there, he encounters far greater dangers than the imaginary Hangman, and gains a bid for redemption as he faces down some silver-hungry drifters out to terrorize a town for its riches. Fans of the Weird West and Gothic Horror will find satisfaction in THE HANGMAN FEEDS THE JACKAL.


Coy Hall lives in West Virginia, where he splits time as an author and professor of history. As a historian, he studies Medieval and Early Modern Europe. History influences his fiction, with many of his stories set in the distant past—sometimes the real past, sometimes an imagined one, but most often a mix of the two.

Other influences include authors Philip K. Dick, Raymond Chandler, Fritz Leiber, M.R. James, Chester Himes, and Shirley Jackson. Radio drama series like Inner Sanctum Mysteries and CBS Radio Mystery Theater, and films such as Nosferatu (1922) and The Black Cat (1934) have also shaped his storytelling.

His books include Grimoire of the Four Impostors (2021) and The Hangman Feeds the Jackal: A Gothic Western (2022). | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-944286-24-8 (paperback)

Also available as an ebook.