For starters, they're on the run from a posse out for blood. Then, as they ride through the Utah desert, the two come across the crumpled body of a young boy on the brink of death. The boy can't speak, but it's clear he's frightened of something nearby. When asked what's got him so scared, the terrified boy writes three letters in the dirt ...
By nightfall, Clay and George are tied up in jail. They can't move. They can't speak. They can do nothing but listen to the boy, outside, screaming for his life.
Yes, things are bad for Clay and George.
And they're only going to get worse.
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About the Author
Robert Swartwood's work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Daily Beast, ChiZine, Postscripts, and Space and Time. He is the author of several novels and the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you have never had the opportunity to be introduced to Swartwood and Silva working together (or separately) I have to admit I’m almost a little jealous. Because you will be meeting 2 writers that are a definite gift to people that like a good story. Reading their work is rather like walking into a local, familiar bar and seeing the person you hope to spend the rest of your life with. Then, if you are extremely lucky, you are still with them many years later and they can still deliver. Luckily for us, neither Robert nor David have been destroyed by the publishing industry, or burned out so they are just churning out pap for the masses just for the money. This book reads fast at only 151 pages, but manages to leave you with more story than is just carried in the words. There is a wonderfully complete world that is built on our world during the days of the westward expansion. This includes justice, vengeance, shoot outs, corruption, murder and a different twist on the zombie idea. What starts out looking like a typical “dusty trails” western turns into a trip into the darkest parts of the human psyche and what we would do in our pain. Luckily for me, I was able to get one of the beautiful, signed, limited edition copies originally available through Thunderstorm Books (now sold out, but they have some other beautifully bound books available). So, the rest of you will just have to settle for the copies more readily available through Amazon as a print or e-book. Sadly, David B. Silva has “walked the sky” so is no longer available to provide us with even more stories, luckily he left behind many books for us to continue to enjoy. Happily, Robert Swartwood is still with us to feed our desire for more good tales.
Enjoyed the writing style a lot, really draws you in, makes you keep going. Good characterization too. Nice horror look at a western. I'd definitely read something by these authors again.
I loved this book from beginning to end. It had a great feeling of suspense, which any horror story should have. Overall, a good read.
Loved the western twist to a familiar story - or the horror twist to a western story?