Joe R. Lansdale: Deadman's Road (USA 2013)
From the Publisher:
The Wild West has never seen the likes of Reverend Jebidiah Mercer, a hard man wielding a burning Bible and a bottle of whiskey in the battle between God and the Devil. Frankly, he's not sure he gives a damn who wins.
As the not-so-good Reverend tangles with a vengeful shaman and his undead army and joins a renegade named Flower to battle a horde of cannibalistic fiends, only this is certain: Mercer's blasphemous journey is laced with relentless action, terrifying evil, and nonstop humor.
This supernatural epic of the Old West that never was will leave you heartily cheering for the good guys -- if you can just figure out who the good guys are.
Deadman's Road includes the bonus novella Dead in the West, which is not included in the e-book edition, Deadman's Crossing.
Joe R. Lansdale: Deadman's Road. Tachyon Publications, ISBN: 9781616961046 (August, 2013), 288 p., $14.95.
Joe R. Lansdale: Deadman's Road (USA 2010)
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In Dead in the West, the Reverend faces a resurrected American Indian out for vengeance. Not only is the man back from the dead, he's brought back others as servants, and they are angry, hungry little devils when there is an absence of light. Plenty of surprises, laughs, gross-outs and slimy horrors, with a slam bang ending. This novel inspired numerous writer to cross the West with Horror, Action, Humor, and a wobbly moral sensibility.
This first adventure of the Reverend sets up all the others, which include:
»The Gentleman's Hotel.« The Reverend encounters a town, empty except for the lone survivor of a stage coach attack. Together, they face ghosts and werewolf Conquistadores who can not only transform into toothy adversaries, but also into dust and moths and are a real pain in the ass; all of it results in one hell of a cross-draw, dagnabbed, hair belly confrontation.
»The Crawling Sky.« In an isolated cabin the Reverend and an unwilling partner face a Lovecraftian horror with a nasty attitude and mind blowing abilities.
And finally, in »The Dark Down There,« the Reverend and an unlikely partner, a three hundred pound lady named Flower, battle kobolds who cannibalize miners and serve a Queen that at a glance could pass for spoiled tapioca pudding. The Reverend even manages a glancing chance at a kind of backwoods romance.
Joe R. Lansdale: Deadman's Road. Dust jacket by Timothy Truman. Interior Illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne. Subterranean Press, ISBN: 9781596063303 (October, 2010), 272 p., $40.00.