Shadow on the Sun
Southwest Arizona, a century ago. An uneasy true exists between the remote frontier community of Picture City and the neighboring Apaches. That delicate peace is shredded when the bodies of two white men are found hideously mutilated. The angry townspeople are certain the â€œsavagesâ€ have broken the treaty, but Billjohn Finley, the local Indian agent, fears that darker,
A Shadow on the Sun, a short paperback western published in 1994, is not destined to become a classic, but certainly succeeds at being a piece of entertaining fiction, if short. I think that if we were to ...more
Matheson's writing is pure story: he doesn't set up more than he needs to, and his characters get only as much detail as they need. This would make a good movie, though unlike many of Matheson's other stories, it hasn't be ...more
A treaty has been agreed with the Apache Indians and the frontier province of Picture City. Unfortunately no sooner is the treaty signed than the bodies of two mutilated white men is discovered and you can guess who those rootin tootin cowboys want to blame!! Into this mix strolls the Night Doctor a quiet dark stranger/demon with a rather odd ...more
Finley is an Indian Agent in the old west, and he has finally brokered a treaty between the white town of Picture City and Braided Feather's Apache tribe. However, the mutilated bodies of 2 townsfolk and the appearance of a odd stranger riding their horse, create a yarn of old west supernatural mayhem. As ...more
The plot of this western, as you can see, is fairly straightforward. About six pages in, and with one glance at that first cover, you can guess what should have been the biggest mystery of all – what mauled the two young men and how is it related to that strange man wi ...more
Or perhaps I should say "straight-forward," since that's what the story is: after many years of skirmishing, a band of Apache Indians has just signed a peace treaty with the government, brokered by the one honest Ind ...more
In the late 1800s, an uneasy truce has been achieved between the western town of Picture City and nearby Apaches. The peace was the achievement of Indian agent Billjohn Finley despite hostili ...more
This book was very, very good. Maybe part of it is that I just finished reading a book about the Navajos, and while this book is about the Apaches (a VERY different culture altogether), I felt very in tune with the setting. It resonated more with me than ever. And t ...more
Story: Shadow On The Sun is a horrific mystical journey into the borderlands of early America where wary townspeople and neighboring Apaches have finally agreed to a truce. Matheson wastes no time in building tensions that threaten to break the treaty and thrust the countryside back into a bloody war. It is ultimately left to Billjohn Finley (the Indian agent who negotiated the truce) to attempt to maintain the peace.
This task becomes more and mor ...more
Other than that, 'Shadow on The Sun' is a good supernatural western with a familiar but sympathetic protagonist and a puzzling and ominous antagonist. "A good read," as son Richard Christian Matheson would say. "Gripping--"
This one's not going to change your life, but it's a satisfying ti ...more
This novel borrows a lot from indian beliefs about (malevolent) spirits. The result is that Matheson creates an atmosphere of fear for a small town in Arizona which hosts a peace treaty between the US government and the local Apache population.