Deadman's Road

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Deadwood meets Cthulhu in this wild and profane Western romp featuring zombies, werewolves, evil spirits, and one pissed-off gun-slinging preacher.

The Wild West has never seen the likes of Reverend Jebediah Mercer, a hard man wielding a burning Bible in the battle between God and the Devil, in an endless struggle he’s not sure he cares who wins. Laced with fast-paced action, nonstop humor, and spine-tingling horror, Deadman’s Road is your ride to hell, in which a vengeful ...

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Overview


Deadwood meets Cthulhu in this wild and profane Western romp featuring zombies, werewolves, evil spirits, and one pissed-off gun-slinging preacher.

The Wild West has never seen the likes of Reverend Jebediah Mercer, a hard man wielding a burning Bible in the battle between God and the Devil, in an endless struggle he’s not sure he cares who wins. Laced with fast-paced action, nonstop humor, and spine-tingling horror, Deadman’s Road is your ride to hell, in which a vengeful shaman curses the town by conjuring a seemingly unstoppable army of the undead; an ill-advised shortcut leads to a bees’ nest of terror; a man stands condemned, not for murdering his wife but for raising the Lovecraftian horror that killed her; a woman is attacked by werewolves and left for dead in a ghost town; and a mining camp faces off with a horde of cannibalistic fiends.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Frequently including wonderfully cadenced stories-within-stories, the tales in Deadman’s Road provide Lansdale with a perfect canvas for his particular kind of humor/horror.”
Hell Notes

“I love the grizzle, and I dig the misanthropy.”
Revolution SF

“This is one weird western series you can take to heart”
Zombos’ Closet

“If you’re easily offended this may not be the book for you. Deadman’s Road is by no means for the faint of heart.”
My Shelf Confessions

Deadman's Road is an absolute joy to read and read again—and a must-have addition to every right-minded reader’s bookshelf.”
Bookgasm

“… if you want something amusing, scary, and in-your-face? For that you need Joe R. Lansdale.”
SFFWorld

“The master of such tales is undoubtedly Joe Lansdale. For over thirty years Lansdale has been writing western horror stories, setting the tone for all such stories that followed.”
Lit Reactor

“It’s the mixture of horror, humor, and action elements that makes this collection a must-read for fans of dark literature.”
Buzzy

Publishers Weekly
Rev. Jebidiah Mercer rides through the haunted backwoods of post–Civil War Texas, battling werewolves and eldritch horrors in the name of his cruel and distant Old Testament God in five creepy, gory, and dark pulpy yarns by Southern horror author Lansdale (Bubba Ho-Tep). In "Dead in the West," Mercer fights zombies, a stereotypical "Indian curse," and his own damaged faith, a good bit of pulpy fun spun around a nougat of bitter religion. In "Deadman's Road," the mercenary preacher hunts down a ghoul on a haunted stretch of road; "The Dark Down There" pits him and a boisterous, sensual ex-cook against an army of kobolds; and in "The Crawling Sky" he tackles an eldritch monster. Mercer's talents can only be stretched so far, and the sour god-cursing, monster-hunting, and casual murder become tiresome. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616961046
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 620,692
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than thirty novels, including the Edgar Award–winning Hap and Leonard mystery series (Mucho Mojo, Two Bear Mambo) and the New York Times Notable Book The Bottoms. More than two hundred of his stories have appeared in such outlets as Tales From the Crypt and Pulphouse, and his work has been adapted for The Twilight Zone and Masters of Horror. Lansdale has written several graphic novels, including Batman and Fantastic Four. He is a tenth-degree black belt and the founder of the Shen Chuan martial art.
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  • Posted August 12, 2014

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    I normally do not listen to westerns. Not sure as to the exact r

    I normally do not listen to westerns. Not sure as to the exact reason, but generally they do not appeal. Now throw zombies, monsters and mutants into the mix and my ears perk up. Makes wonder how those with nothing but a six-shooter at their side can find horrific creatures off.

    I have to say that it was nothing more than the cover art that attracted my attention. In addition the pairing of Stefan Rudnicki into a genre that I have never heard him perform added to the fascination. A lone gunslinger standing against, an albeit small horde, a horde of zombies.

    When I first picked Deadman’s Road I had no idea that it was a compilation of short stories. Happily I barely noticed while listening as each story was only separated by what seemed like a bit of time.

    Our hero or maybe anti-hero is Reverend Jebidiah Mercer, a preacher that is on a mission from God. To seek out evil and vanquish it. Plain and simple. Paradoxically he is very cynical about God to others and at times, I would say, hates the entity. Even though he may not admit it he does love or at least likes the the innocent people. Do you remember the movie, The Pale Rider, Eastwood is Mercer. Lansdale was able to create a character that completely entranced me, that made my jar hit the floor and made me root for (very animatedly at times).

    Joe R. Lansdale starts it off with a somewhat lengthily foreword about how this is not a reading between the lines. He also talks about how genres are made to mixed and this collection in western, horror, paranormal, action all at the same time.

    Each story puts Mercer against one particular evil at a time, zombies, werewolves, vampires, and goblins. Hugely entertaining, find the evil, kill the evil, that is all. Quite gory at times and others very crass. I loved it!

    If you are looking for something refreshing and entertaining, that doesn’t need you to think, you have to give this a listen.

    Audiobook provided for review by the publisher.

    Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

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    REVIEWED: Deadman¿s Road WRITTEN BY: Joe R. Lansdale PUBLISHED:

    REVIEWED: Deadman’s Road
    WRITTEN BY: Joe R. Lansdale
    PUBLISHED: October, 2010

    I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. Each self-contained tale revolves around the exploits of a central character, the gun slinging Reverend Jebidiah Mercer. There’s not a lot of literary depth to this book, but the stories are all fast-paced, action-filled, and pulp-esque fun. Rev. Mercer is quested to roam the old west, destroying evil in the name of God, whom he mostly despises, as penance for his sins. Each story pits him against a new enemy, mortal and supernatural alike. Mercer, cursing the whole way, does battle with whomever he is set against, including zombies, werewolves, ghosts, and kobolds. Joe R. Lansdale is really a master at creating excitement in his writing as well as crafting funny, meaningful dialogue. Know what you’re getting into before starting this: Deadman’s Road is violent and crass, but perfect when you need a pick-me-up after power-reading Camus or Dostoyevsky.

    Five out of Five stars

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    good book

    really liked the storys

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Fun read

    This was a fun and quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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