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James Pratt likes to create realistically flawed but basically decent characters and have them cross paths with serial killer angels, redneck vampires, slithering horrors from other dimensions, and the end of the world. He also likes to write stories that demonstrate how the ever-present darkness threatening to wash over the world like a wave of endless night can be held back with a little courage and a big shotgun (assuming one hasn't already used both barrels, of course). Some take place in the distant past, others in the far future, and still others somewhere between eight minutes ago and twelve minutes from now. Whether sci-fi, adventure, or straight-out horror, the running theme is that the universe is very, very big and we are very, very small.
on May 27, 2012 :
Possibly one of the better Weird West stories I've read that blends elements of Lovecraft with the wild west setting. The characters were believable and just the right amount of history was given to them that it made you want to read more without drowning you in useless details. The setting is well written, from the actions of those around the main group of characters to the description of Boot Hill itself.
My only problem with this story is that the subtle details that linked it to Lovecraft and Robert Chambers. They were a nice level of subtle to begin with, and had they been kept at that level it would have been a nice treat for those that had knowledge of such things. But instead they go into greater detail in regards to the play and King in Yellow which sort of ruins the mystery behind what was going on. I feel it could have been done in such a way that it would have worked storywise if you didn't know about the play, yet any knowledge of that work would have made it a nice mental treat.
But beyond that, the writing is good, the story is well told and entertaining to read. The climax was well done and just the right amount of excitement, and all in all, I really enjoyed this tale. If you like westerns, I suggest this for you. If you like weird westerns, definatly pick this one up.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Oct. 16, 2011 :
A story about zombies usually doesn't interest me, but after reading some of the author's other stories I thought I'd give it a try and I was glad I did. It's a great story that I thoroughly enjoyed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 02, 2011 :
An interesting storyline, along with believable characters and a unique blend of genres, made for an enjoyable read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)