Dead in the West (Dead in the West)
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.
'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
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
If you like Weird Westerns, or really horror in general, you'll like this one.
1. Weird West Setting: It's not only there, but acts as a template for all the new-Pulp and new-Western writers.
2. Dark Humour: Definitely there, and in such a manner that enriches the characters rather than diminishing them, despite the entire novella belonging to the horror genre.
3. Profanity: Accept it or not, it's the lurid & colourful language leaping out of the lin ...more
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
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
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.
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
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
Overall, the story is a very fast read and fai ...more
Con estos precedentes, me he l ...more
Dico 'archetipi' e non 'stereotipi', perché è la qualità della scrittura a fare la differenza e a conferire tridimensionalità a pe ...more
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.