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Short, Scary Tales Publications
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Joe R. Lansdale & John L. Lansdale

Cover art by Ben Baldwin

In Stock & Shipping (Paperback out July 3, 2017)

Price: £26.95 (Signed Limited Hardcover)

Price: £18.95 (Trade Hardcover)

Price: £10.95 (Trade Paperback)

If the Western town of Falling Rock isn't dangerous enough due to drunks, fast guns and greedy miners, it gets a real dose of ugly when a soulless, dynamite-loving bounty hunter named Smith rides into town to bring back a bounty, dead or alive—preferably dead. In the process, Smith sets off an explosive chain of events that send him straight to the waiting room in Hell where he is offered a one-time chance to absolve himself.

Satan, a bartender also known as Snappy, wants Smith to hurry back to earth and put a very bad hombre out of commission. Someone Smith has already met in the town of Falling Rock. A fellow named Quill, who has, since Smith's departure, sold his soul to the Old Ones, and has been possessed by a nasty, scaly, winged demon with a cigar habit and a bad attitude. Quill wants to bring about the destruction of the world, not to mention the known universe, and hand it all over: moon, stars, black spaces, cosmic dust, as well as all of humanity, to the nasty Lovecraftian deities that wait on the other side of the veil. It's a bargain made in worse places than Hell.

Even Satan can't stand for that kind of dark business. The demon that has possessed Quill, a former co-worker of Satan, has gone way too far, and there has to be a serious correction.

And though Smith isn't so sure humanity is that big of a loss, the alternative of him cooking eternally while being skewered on a meat hook isn't particularly appealing. Smith straps on a gift from Snappy, a holstered Colt pistol loaded with endless silver ammunition, and riding a near-magical horse named Shadow, carrying an amazing deck of cards that can summon up some of the greatest gunfighters and killers the west has ever known, he rides up from hell, and back into Falling Rock, a town that can be entered, but can't be left.

It's an opportunity not only for Smith to experience action and adventure and deal with the living dead and all manner of demonic curses and terrible prophecies, it's a shot at love with a beautiful, one-eyed, redheaded-darling with a whip, a woman named Payday. But it's an even bigger shot at redemption.

Saddle up, partner. It's time to ride into an old fashioned pulp and horror adventure full of gnashing teeth, exploding dynamite, pistol fire, and a few late night kisses.

© Joe R. Lansdale & John L. Lansdale


"Fans of Joe Lansdale's charismatic, genre-jumping storytelling (Fender Lizards) will eat up this collaboration with his brother: it's a whimsical save-the-world gunslinger zombie mash-up with a bit of black-winged Lovecraftian horror tossed in… [T]he ragtag team members—Smith, his horse, the saloon's 'girl for hire,' the town doctor, and the undertaker—achieve a smooth and high-energy dynamic as they use smart tactics, high carnage, and unlimited silver bullets to take down cowboy ghouls."
Publishers Weekly

"Joe R. Lansdale's latest (cowritten with his brother) is a horror-tinged western centered on the small town of Falling Rock. Smith, a bounty hunter who meets an explosive end early in the novel, is sent forth from hell to try and combat a rogue demon bent on unleashing Lovecraftian entities, with the help of the now ghoulish citizens of Falling Rock."

Title Details:

RRP Price: £26.95 (Signed Limited Hardcover)
RRP Price: £18.95 (Trade Hardcover)
RRP Price: £10.95 (Trade Paperback)
Publisher: Short, Scary Tales Publications
Release Date: Aug 2016 (Hardcovers) / Jul 3, 2017 (Paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-909640-60-3 (6" x 9" Signed Limited Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-909640-61-0 (6" x 9" Trade Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-909640-62-7 (6" x 9" Trade Paperback)
First Edition
Pages: 350 (Signed Limited Hardcover), 242 (Trade Hardcover/Trade Paperback)

Signed Limited Hardcover Edition

Here are the details of our limited hardcover edition:

Signed by Joe R. Lansdale & John L. Lansdale on a specially designed color signature page
Includes the complete Hell’s Bounty screenplay by Joe R. Lansdale & John L. Lansdale
Limited to only 200 copies worldwide
Each copy is numbered by hand
Four-colour laminated dust jacket
Printed on acid-free paper