Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Dead in the West” as Want to Read:
Dead in the West
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Dead in the West (Dead in the West)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  507 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Dead in the West is the story of Mud Creek, Texas, a town overshadowed by a terrible evil. An Indian medicine man, unjustly lynched by the people of Mud Creek, has put a curse on the town. As the sun sets, he will have his revenge. For when darkness falls, the dead will walk in Mud Creek and they will be hungry for human flesh. The only one that can save the town is Revere ...more
Hardcover, 148 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Night Shade Books (first published 1986)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Dead in the West, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Dead in the West

World War Z by Max BrooksThe Zombie Survival Guide by Max BrooksThe Walking Dead, Vol. 01 by Robert KirkmanFeed by Mira GrantPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Zombies!
136th out of 1,265 books — 3,630 voters
The Gunslinger by Stephen KingDead in the West by Joe R. LansdaleThe Sixth Gun, Vol. 1 by Cullen BunnA Book of Tongues by Gemma FilesThe Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan
Weird Westerns
2nd out of 107 books — 70 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 936)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
⊱ Irena ⊰
'Hallowed be thy name, oh Lord—and shotgun do your stuff.'
The fun I had with this book!

Mud Creek, Texas.
Jebediah Mercer, a gunslinger preacher, feels drawn to this horrible little town. His dreams are terrifying. When the evil finally comes to Mud Creek, he is the only one who is standing in its way.

The Reverend is a true anti-hero. He has some real sins behind him, not just imaginary ones. And, yet, you'll root for him. And you'll probably like him. I know I do.

Now, as for the evil and what
...more
Dan 1.0
Reverend Jebediah Mercer, Lansdale's alcoholic gun-toting preacher, comes to town. Too bad a dying Indian medicine man put a curse on the town and it's crawling with zombies...

If you're a zombie fan or a Joe R. Lansdale fan, this slim volume is more than worth the cash. It's got everything you love about zombie stories, set in a western town, and written by the Master of Mojo hisownself, Joe Lansdale.
Quentin Wallace
Once again, Lansdale proves he's the master of the Weird Western. Really enjoyable here. It's an old west zombie tale with a twist. Nothing incredibly ground breaking, but Lansdale puts so much into his characters it still seems fresh and new. He always manages to add just enough to make it seem fresh. The ending wasn't my favorite, but really fit the western mold.

If you like Weird Westerns, or really horror in general, you'll like this one.
Mark
Not much time. Say something. Write something. Think, think, think. Nothing doing, nothing coming.

Zombies. Yes, good. Zombies. This book has zombies. Fearful, frightful, bodaciously hideous, skin-falling-off-them zombies.

And a preacher. And the preacher's an alcoholic. And he has a big secret. And he comes into a town that's a lot like my hometown, but displaced to east Texas (East Texas?). Lots of creeps with lots of secrets. Sex secrets, violent secrets, tight-lipped secrets.

And there's a d
...more
Nick Cato
Nov 15, 2008 Nick Cato rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: zombie story completists
I waited a long time to get my hands on this one, and thanks to a sale at one of my favorite online booksellers I finally managed to snag a copy of this gorgeous limited edition hardcover version of Lansdale's classic zombie western (the story originally appeared in 1986 as a 3-part series in Eldritch Tales Magazine then later as a softcover trade paperback). This is also the first time I've read Lansdale (don't shoot me--full pun intended), although I did see the film version of his book BUBBA ...more
Daniel
Finally, I got the chance to read Lansdale's zombie western without throwing down a big chunk of change. Thank you eBooks!

I love Lansdale's prose. He writes in concise sentences that build up the story detail by detail. Some authors labor to describe a setting, and the resulting prose is an equal labor to digest; not Lansdale. I felt like I was walking through Mud Creek myself, taking in the storefronts and the people.

Lansdale also establishes a small universe of characters in a short amount of
...more
Donald Armfield
Lansdale takes a huge bite with this kick ass zombie novella. B-rated zombie the way it should be.
Jon
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Leslee
This is a novella more than a novel, clocking in at only 97 pages on my ereader. Pretty much your typical western with zombies thrown in for good measure, it has all the usual culprits, the drunken buffoon, corrupt Sherriff, plucky young sidekick, and of course a badass gunslinger in the form of a Reverend that's lost his faith.

I enjoyed this for what it was but honestly it was too short for me to really care about the characters much. Zombie action doesn't really start until about halfway thro
...more
Trevor
Wow - this is a rootin' tootin' cussin' fabulous zombie western! I've been wanting to read this weird little book for quite some time and thank god for interlibrary loan - got a copy from the Library of Congress! Of course, I had to read it in the library, but that's no problem since I work there. It's quick - 3 lunch breaks and I was done. I'm sad it's over because it was just so much fun. Dead in the West is packed with quirky, wild, and funny one-liners. It's worth reading again just to pull ...more
Oddmonster
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Marvin
Best zombie western ever...admittedly not a big category. Joe R. Lansdale is the writer I turn to when I want my horror fix delivered with sardonic wit and drenched in buckets of blood. He doesn't disappoint in this hearty tribute to the pulps. Why this book has never been made into a movie bewilders me.
Chompa
Drunken preachers, zombies, dark powers, and a western all in one. Magnificent!

Lansdale's one of my favorites and he did a magnificent job with this story. The preacher is a fantastic character and Lansdale's hints of future adventures with him make me very happy.
Melissa
If I told you the words "zombie western", anything you could possibly think of would have to be this book. Crusty town doctor, hard-bitten alcoholic reverend struggling with his faith, random boy who stature rises in the plot, pretty woman, zombies. This book is cool.
Raegan Butcher
Excellent horror pulp. An Indian curse turns a town of rednecks harboring a guilty secret into flesh-eating zombies. Very surprising that this hasn't been made into a movie...
Rick
Zombies, gun-totin' preachers, and Joe R. Lansdale. Need I say more?
Brandon James
This was a fun, quick read. Short and to the point. Nothing outside the box (well, there is, but you'll have to read it). Didn't have to think.

Bad things happen. Preacher shows up. Oops, something happened and the town is cursed. All hell breaks loose. That's all crammed into 119 pages (the version I read) and it's easy to digest in one evening over a couple of hours. Fairly cinematic with some good gory action and I'm wondering why this hasn't been made into a movie yet.

Not as good as other Lan
...more
Tarl
This was listed as one of the books one should read if you wanted to become a horror writer. After reading it, I can understand why. Time and time again I come across this book being mentioned by writers in the horror and weird west genre as the inspiration behind their writing. It's not hard to see why after I set this book down.

Lansdale's writing is wonderfully done. The details flow yet not to the point where you get bogged down in it. The characters are handled well and they behave generally
...more
Patrick D'Orazio
Dead in the West is a yarn about Reverend Jebediah Mercer, a preacher who has lost his faith and has come to Mud Creek, an east Texas town that has a curse on it. Not so long ago the townsfolk unjustly lynched an Indian Medicine man and butchered his mixed race wife. Before he died, the Medicine man cursed the town and now the dead have come back to life to extract revenge on Mud Creek's citizens, whether they were involved with the lynching or not.

Overall, the story is a very fast read and fai
...more
Xavi Reixach
Llegué a este libro porque leí un relato del autor en una antología de terror donde aparecía el reverendo protagonista de la novela, en una historia corta en la que se mezclaba el western con los muertos vivientes. A partir de ahí, y como me gustó el relato, supe de la existencia de este libro, así como de la participación de Joe R. Landsdale en el guion de una película de serie B llamada Bubba Ho-Tep, con la que me divertí mucho y de la que guardo un gran recuerdo.

Con estos precedentes, me he l
...more
Ricardo Fleshman
Well- obviously I am a fan of short well written fiction. Joe Lansdale combines the old west and the supernatural to create a tale that is both dark and well...dark. I read one of his stories in a collection about zombies and decided to seek out his books and man I was not disappointed. Joe was writing zombie stories long before world war z or the walking dead made them popular again! The Reverend is the kind of main character I look for, anti-hero...bruised and scarred, wounded (a hardened man ...more
Jason
Early Lansdale, not as good as he'd later get, yet still entertaining. This is pure pulp and it doesn't pretend to be anything else, so you can't hold its thin story against it too much. The lazily written romance (didn't buy it for a second) is distracting, but this is still a zippy little read full of characteristically crass Lansdale wit, gore and uncomfortable details. The plot is straight-up dog-simple. It's your basic zombie attack brought about by your basic revenge curse from a dead myst ...more
Kelly
I first discovered the Reverend Jebediah Mercer in Lansdale's short story "Deadman's Road" which was included in the zombie anthology The Living Dead . He reminded me a lot of Roland from Stephen King's Dark Tower series and as I have a fan girl crush on Roland, I decided to explore this character a bit further. After enjoying "Deadman's Road" so much, I had high expectations for Dead in the West but was ultimately let down. The writing was a bit clunky and, truth be told, there was a bit t ...more
Lyndi Hardman
The book was ok. The story was actually good. I normally don't read westerns, but how could I resist a zombie western. What a neat concept! However, the whole incest with the brother and sister thing that had absolutely nothing to do with the storyline was pretty weird. If that part would have been left out I would have rated it much higher. And its not because I am a prude because I loved Flowers in the Attic but the incest actually had something to do with the story line. Ok end of rant. I don ...more
Callie S.
La morte ci sfida è un atto d'amore nei confronti di quella cinematografia (di serie Z) da drive-in cui tanto deve l'immaginario dell'Autore. Lansdale orchestra, infatti, un riuscito crossover di zombie e vecchio West, senza rinunciare agli archetipi del genere: dal Reverendo tormentato e ramingo allo sceriffo pusillanime; dal fanatico del villaggio al buon dottore.
Dico 'archetipi' e non 'stereotipi', perché è la qualità della scrittura a fare la differenza e a conferire tridimensionalità a pe
...more
Matteo Pellegrini

Un guaritore indiano lancia la sua maledizione per vendicare l'assassinio della moglie: un'epidemia semina la morte tra gli abitanti di Mud Creek, facendoli diventare degli zombi. A risolvere la situazione ci penserà il reverendo Jebidiah Mercer, armato di fede e di un revolver calibro .36.

Matty
I can't remember which group of short stories I first encountered Lansdale's character of The Reverend (one of the zombie short story collections I've read), but I know that I certainly wanted to read more about him. And that's what lead me to "Dead in the West". Unfortunately, the short story I had read left a better impression on me than this novel. It's not to say that "Dead in the West" was a bad read... I'd categorize it as a "fun" read. And I did like the "B Movie" quality of it - think "T ...more
Niels
A Fist Full of Dollars meets the Walking Dead. Cowboys vs. Zombies.
Chris Bubb
Zombies, an Indian curse and a two-fisted, six-gun shooting man of God. It's as awesome as it sounds, folks. Read it!
Maria Grazia
Come spesso succede, Lansdale utilizza ingredienti presenti in qualsiasi cucina letteraria, meglio se dozzinali e di qualità non proprio impeccabile, per costruire un libro divertente e accattivante.
La morte ci sfida potrebbe essere il solito libro sugli zombie, e invece, pur non essendo un capolavoro, riesce a farsi strada nella memoria di chi di libri di questo genere ne ha letti veramente tanti, e a conquistare un suo posto tra i punti di riferimento.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 31 32 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Skin Medicine
  • Westward Weird
  • The Undead: Zombie Anthology
  • Merkabah Rider: Tales of a High Planes Drifter (Merkabah Rider, #1)
  • The Book of All Flesh
  • Clickers VS. Zombies
  • Dead Man's Hand: Five Tales of the Weird West
  • The Last Zombie: Dead New World (The Last Zombie, #1)
  • The Mammoth Book of Zombies
  • Marvel Zombies 3
  • Every Sigh, the End
  • Book of the Dead
  • Blood Crazy
  • Lesser Demons
  • Shadow on the Sun
  • I Travel by Night
  • Down the Road: On the Last Day
  • Crimson
58971
Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and six Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.
More about Joe R. Lansdale...
The Bottoms Mucho Mojo (Hap and Leonard, #2) Savage Season (Hap and Leonard, #1) The Two-Bear Mambo (Hap and Leonard, #3) Edge of Dark Water

Share This Book