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The Crossings

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It's the Arizona Territory. The year, 1848. The year the Mexican War ended. Fate and blazing pistols have just thrown together reporter and part-time drunk Marion T. Bell and the very nearly legendary John Charles Hart, mustanger and scout, in the Little Fanny Saloon. Plying the river-trade across the Colorado to the gold fields of California in the north, and war-torn Mex...more
Hardcover, 100 pages
Published April 5th 2004 by Cemetery Dance Publications (first published 2003)
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Paul Nelson
The Crossings is not really a horror story of the type that we usually associate Jack Ketchum with but more a straight up western, albeit quite a violent one with a fantastic gunfight ending.

Set in 1848, the year the Mexican War ended, Marion Bell is a newspaper reporter and he meets John Charles Hart in the Little Fanny saloon in a town called Gable’s Ferry. Along with a giant of a man known as Mother Knuckles, they work together capturing and selling wild horses until they meet Elena.

Elena is...more
Después del buen sabor de boca dejado por "La Chica de al Lado", está claro que había que probar con algo más de Jack Ketchum; como se puede ver por la nota final, la experiencia no ha sido mala. Pero ya se sabe, en poco más de cien páginas que tiene esto que los anglos llaman 'novella', y teniendo en cuenta mi gusto por las obras más extensas (sería difícil de explicar), la cosa no da para más de un cuatro... porque yo soy así, y hubiera agradecido un mayor desarrollo de la historia.

Eso sí, co...more
THE CROSSINGS is a straight-forward Western shoot-'em-up with an extra helping of grit and violence. The final showdown reminded me a lot of the bloody gun battle in D'JANGO UNCHAINED. The book is fiercely written, though it contains nothing in the way of plot twists or surprises. At just over a hundred pages, though, the story never gives you the chance to get bored.
Stephen King recommended author and book. He says: "Who's the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum."
"He is, quite simply, one of the best in the business, on par with Clive Barker, James Ellroy, and Thomas Harris."
“Ketchum has become a kind of hero to those of us who write tales of horror and suspense. He is, quite simply, one of the best in the business.”

"There's another writer here tonight who writes under the name of Jack Ketchum and he has also written what may be the best...more
In my opinion, the best horror is not about the supernatural. We all know vampires and ghosts are not real and sometimes taking the huge leap of faith required to believe in those kinds of monsters takes too much effort. Real horror is fraught with possibilities--this could happen to me. Jack Ketchum's book "The Crossings" is a real horror story, the kind we don't want to believe in even when we know that it really did happen that way. It is harsh and raw and makes you hurt in ways you didn't th...more
Lo que nos cuenta Ketchum es una historia del oeste, un western ambientado poco después de la guerra de México y con algunos veteranos de la batalla de Puebla y de Ciudad de México. Estos veteranos malviven en Arizona buscando Mustangs desperdigados y perdidos por los soldados asi como sus descendientes ya salvajes, para domarlos y sacarse unos duros.

En una de sus incursiones ya en terreno Mexicano, se encuentran con 2 mujeres desnudas, heridas y maltratadas y por suerte para ellas, los 3 protag...more
Brian Mcclain
Describing this book is a confusing affair. Its short and bloody and packs some punch but it would be hard to call it horror. It's in the old west but I'm sure the supernatural components make it weird for a western. I'll just call it pretty darn good. I will also mention that there is a scene in here that might visit me again in my dreams tonight, but its not too extreme or anything.
David S.
I've been waiting around 10 years to read this book. I've never seen it in mass paperback (probably because it is only 110 pgs long). So, it was like a collector's edition that was only available. I ended up getting an e-reader for Christmas, and it is a brand new world!!!

This book did not disappoint. Ketchum brings his style and prose, with all the creepy situations and violence, but displays it on a western background. A vengeance plot that would make film directors like Peckinpah, or Tarranti...more
Kiko Libertino
Tres libros de este señor del horror editados en España, HIJOS DE PUTA.
En "Al Otro Lado del Río" Ketchum nos muestra un cara diferente del western y cómo siempre existen héroes y villanos en las historias de conquista del espacio sin ley.

Es mi primera novela de Ketchum y a decir verdad, esperaba un poco más de violencia, cuando lea unas cuantas más ya les contaré si es otro de los referentes en violencia literaria, como lo son Koontz o mi favorito Laymon.
Stuart Jaffe
Ketchum delivers exactly what you'd expect in this book, only this time the genre is western. Tight prose, cool characters, and an unflinching bloodbath. Like I said, exactly what you'd expect from Ketchum. If you like his work (and I do), this book will satisfy. Not the book I'd recommend for a first-timer, though.
Many debate the merits and morals of Jack Ketchum's stories, but no one can deny the power of his words. This tale from the old west is as raw as George G. Gilman's "Edge" novels, and peopled with the hard men and women Louis L'Amour often described. I recommend it.
Phil Zimmerman
Another brutal little tale from Jack Ketchum. I enjoyed the story but wish I has known the characters better. It is definitely wild west gory fun. Not Ketchum's best. Probably for completists only.
Roger Bailey
Really put off reading this one. Love Ketchum, but westerns are not my thing. However, this is a brisk 100 page novella that wraps you up quickly.
Corry L.
Dark, very dark. Rather disturbing. Beautifully written and with a believable Old West dialect. Did I mention it was disturbing?
Un western en toda la palabra,un poco corto el libro,pero funciona,sobre todo el final muy conmovedor.
2.5 stars. was a decent little story i suppose, bloody and brutal, but nothing unexpected.
Not for everyone, but just right for me. As dark and foul as they come.
Amanda - Go Book Yourself
Pretty boring for a ketchum novel. Not his best novella.
Ein echter Ketchum.
Schade das die Story so kurz ist.
Very dark and disturbing, but beautifully written novella.
Fresno Bob
grim western, short and impactful
More brutal than it needs to be.
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