Deadman’s Road

Joe R. Lansdale

Deadwood meets Cthulhu in this wild and profane Western romp featuring zombies, werewolves, evil spirits, and one pissed-off gun-slinging preacher. The infamous renegade Reverend Jebediah Mercer’s adventures are laced with fast-paced action, nonstop humor, and spine-tingling horror.

Deadman’s Road includes the bonus novella “Dead in the West,” which is not included in the e-book edition, Deadman’s Crossing.


Deadman’s Road

by Joe R. Lansdale

ISBN: 9781616961046

Published: 2013

Available Format(s): Trade Paperback

Deadwood meets Cthulhu in this wild and profane Western romp featuring zombies, werewolves, evil spirits, and one pissed-off gun-slinging preacher.

The Wild West has never seen the likes of Reverend Jebediah Mercer, a hard man wielding a burning Bible in the battle between God and the Devil, in an endless struggle he’s not sure he cares who wins. Laced with fast-paced action, nonstop humor, and spine-tingling horror, Deadman’s Road is your ride to hell, in which a vengeful shaman curses the town by conjuring a seemingly unstoppable army of the undead; an ill-advised shortcut leads to a bees’ nest of terror; a man stands condemned, not for  murdering his wife but for raising the Lovecraftian horror that killed her; a woman is attacked by werewolves and left for dead in a ghost town; and a mining camp faces off with a horde of cannibalistic fiends.

“Frequently including wonderfully cadenced stories-within-stories, the tales in Deadman’s Road provide Lansdale with a perfect canvas for his particular kind of humor/horror.”
—Hell Notes

“I love the grizzle, and I dig the misanthropy.”
Revolution SF

“This is one weird western series you can take to heart”
Zombos’ Closet

“Jebediah’s mission from God is to root out Evil in service to a God he seems to hate. Which I found really hilarious…. If you’re easily offended this may not be the book for you. Deadman’s Road is by no means for the faint of heart. Me however, I couldn’t help but love this guy!”
My Shelf Confessions

“Lansdale’s fertile imagination is given free rein. Like all of Lansdale’s work, Deadman’s Road is an absolute joy to read and read again—and a must-have addition to every right-minded reader’s bookshelf.”

“… if you want something amusing, scary, and in-your-face? For that you need Joe R. Lansdale.”

“The master of such tales is undoubtedly Joe Lansdale. For over thirty years Lansdale has been writing western horror stories, setting the tone for all such stories that followed.  His Reverend Jebediah Mercer stories [Deadman’s Road] pit the good reverend against zombie hordes and werewolves.”
Lit Reactor

“It’s the mixture of horror, humor, and action elements that makes this collection a must-read for fans of dark literature.”

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than thirty novels, including the Edgar Award–winning Hap and Leonard mystery series (Mucho Mojo, Two Bear Mambo) and the New York Times Notable Book The Bottoms. More than two hundred of his stories have appeared in such outlets as Tales From the Crypt and Pulphouse, and his work has been adapted for The Twilight Zone and Masters of Horror. Lansdale has written several graphic novels, including Batman and Fantastic Four. He is a tenth-degree black belt and the founder of the Shen Chuan martial art.

Praise for Joe R. Lansdale

“A folklorist’s eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur’s sense of pace.”
New York Times Book Review

“A terrifically gifted storyteller.”
Washington Post Book Review

“A zest for storytelling and gimlet for detail.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Lansdale is a storyteller in the Texas tradition of outrageousness…but amped up to about 100,000 watts.”
Houston Chronicle

“A terrifically gifted storyteller.”
Washington Post Book Review

“Lansdale’s been hailed, at varying points in his career, as the new Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner-gone-madder, and the last surviving splatterpunk…sanctified in the blood of the walking Western dead and righteously readable.”
Austin Chronicle

“Like gold standard writers Elmore Leonard and the late Donald Westlake, Joe R. Lansdale is one of the more versatile writers in America.”
Los Angeles Times

“…laugh-out-loud funny, acquainted with the night, and often acutely profound.”
Dallas News

“Definitely not for the fainthearted or the easily offended.”

“The characters are so ridiculously realistic and the plots so simple that you can’t help but wonder why something so uncomplicated can be so fantastic. That is the magic of Lansdale.”
Horror Bound

“…since I’m not mincing words, let me say that Mr. Lansdale doesn’t mince them either. That trip from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ (with some interesting stops along the way) is filled with well-wrought characters, black humor, knife-sharp dialogue, and enough violence to make even the most jaded Quentin Tarantino aficionado sit up and smile.”
Washington Times

“Joe R. Lansdale’s writing swaggers back and forth through a variety of genres, format, and media, blending elements and tones in unconventional ways, but never losing sight of the importance of story and character. His characters feel authentic, his environments are believable, and his plots are gripping. He’s a great storyteller in the most classic American tradition; one gets the sense that if mankind never got around to technology, Lansdale would be roaming the country, regaling campfire crowds…the one thing he cannot write, will not write, is bullshit.”
The Kind of Face You Hate

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