Dead Man's Hand (anthology)

Dead Man's Hand (anthology)

by John Joseph Adams

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Overview

HOW THE WEST WAS WEIRD!  

From a kill-or-be-killed gunfight with a vampire to an encounter in a steampunk bordello, the weird western is a dark, gritty tale where the protagonist might be playing poker with a sorcerous deck of cards, or facing an alien on the streets of a dusty frontier town.

Here are twenty-three original tales—stories of the Old West infused with elements of the fantastic—produced specifically for this volume by many of today’s finest writers. Included are Orson Scott Card’s first “Alvin Maker” story in a decade, and an original adventure by Fred Van Lente, writer of Cowboys & Aliens.

Other contributors include:
Tobias S. Buckell * David Farland * Alan Dean Foster * Jeffrey Ford * Laura Anne Gilman * Rajan Khanna * Mike Resnick * Beth Revis * Fred Van Lente * Walter Jon Williams * Ben H. Winters * Christie Yant * Charles Yu *

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781164501
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,207,404
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Editor John Joseph Adams (www.johnjosephadams.com) - called "the reigning king of the anthology world" by Barnes & Noble.com - is the bestselling editor of many anthologies such as Epic: Legends of Fantasy, Wastelands, The Living Dead, By Blood We Live, Oz Reimagined, Federations, and The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. He the editor of Fantasy Magazine and Lightspeed Magazine, which published two Nebula Award finalists and a Hugo Award finalist in its first year. John co-hosts Wired.com's The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

Authors include: Joe Lansdale, Mike Resnick, Kelley Armstrong, Laura Anne Gilman, Fred van Lente, Elizabeth Bear, Jeffrey Ford, Hugh Howey, Tobias Buckell, Seanan McGuire, Walter Jon Williams, Ken Liu, Ben Winters, David Farland, Alan Dean Foster, Jonathan Maberry, Beth Revis, Alastair Reynolds, Tad Williams, Orson Scott Card, Rajan Khanna, Charles Yu, Christie Yant

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Dead Man's Hand (anthology) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
John Joseph Adams in his book, “Dead Man’s Hand” published by Titan Books brings us An Anthology Of The Weird West. From the Back Cover:  HOW THE WEST WAS WEIRD!  From a kill-or-be-killed gunfight with a vampire to an encounter in a steampunk bordello, the weird western is a dark, gritty tale where the protagonist might be playing poker with a sorcerous deck of cards, or facing an alien on the streets of a dusty frontier town. Here are twenty-three original tales—stories of the Old West infused with elements of the fantastic—produced specifically for this volume by many of today’s finest writers. Included are Orson Scott Card’s first “Alvin Maker” story in a decade, and an original adventure by Fred Van Lente, writer of Cowboys & Aliens. Other contributors include: Tobias S. Buckell * David Farland * Alan Dean Foster * Jeffrey Ford * Laura Anne Gilman * Rajan Khanna * Mike Resnick * Beth Revis * Fred Van Lente * Walter Jon Williams * Ben H. Winters * Christie Yant * Charles Yu * I think what usually comes to mind when we hear the word, “Western” are images of cowboys, horses, holstered six-guns tied down at the thigh for a quick draw, stagecoaches, cattle drives and frontier town.  The list could go on and on but I would be pretty sure it would not include androids, time travel, dinosaurs, flying ships and other out of place things.  That would be just Weird!  John Joseph Adams has taken all this into consideration and brought us twenty-three tales of the Old West that John Wayne would never appear in.  All these authors have brought a fresh spin to these tales and they are riveting entertainment.  The title comes from the cards, aces and eights, that were in Wild Bill Hickok’s hand as he was gunned down from behind while playing poker. So saddle up it is time for Weird Western Tales, stories of the Old West infused with elements of the fantastic.  “Dead Man’s Hand” is great fun.  Let me assure you if you like westerns then you are going to really enjoy this.  I recommend it highly!  I really hope Mr. Adams will bring us another of these wonderful anthologies. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually only a handful of short stories in these collections pique my interest and make me wish for a longer version, but this book was full of them. Hats off to the editor for pulling together such a great collection of writers.