Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2014
The wide open territory of the “weird west” is traversed in this off-beat collection.
The concept of blending disparate genres together can be hit or miss, yet remains a potent source of creativity for many writers looking to inject an infusion of fresh blood into the time honored traditions, as well as readers looking for something new and different on the shelves. DEAD MAN’S HAND presents traditional characters and settings of the Western blending with elements of Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, and History. There are vampires, werewolves, demons, aliens, and even dinosaurs permeating the pages, and they’re depicted without a hint of camp or parody. The writers treat the content of their work seriously, and the stories are better received for it.
As is the case with anthologies, the book as a whole may not please every single reader but there is sufficient variety from which to pick and choose, and many of the combinations are unusual enough to inspire initial interest. Whether that interest is sustained for the duration of each tale is dependent upon each reader’s individual tastes, but the majority of the stories are brilliantly crafted, with some bizarre twists, strong leading characters, clever dialogue, and an overall sense of wonderful escapism.
Highly recommended to fans of Westerns who are eager to see new spins put on the genre.