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Publisher's Summary

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

The Wild West has never seen the likes of the Reverend Jebidiah 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. With its five stories 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 a 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.

©2010 Joe R. Lansdale (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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And now for something different.

This is a collection of weird west tales originally in pulp magazines. The stories are simple, monster attacks town and hero kills monsters. It isn't complicated but the formula works. I enjoyed the stories. The characters are definitely very dark, especially the hero of the piece. I like weird west literature and it is pretty rare to find any out. So, this was a bit of a treat for me.

One thing to note is that this is pretty graphic. This is definitely adults only as it is very violent, lots of bad language and adult themes. In fact, the main character keeps remembering an incestuous relationship with his sister which drives him to fight monsters for redemption of his soul.

I don't like short stories but these are pretty good. The problem for me is the narrator. He doesn't have a good range of voices and doesn't do a good western accent. That would be bearable, but the guy breathes very heavily through hid mouth throughout the book. I felt like it was closer to a real weird obscene phone call than an audiobook.

If the reader had been Gordon McKenzie (did a great job on the hex slinger series) this would have been a 4 star across the board. I like the story but the reading was tough to handle. If you like this genre and don't mind the narrator then you will like this one. This is definitely something different.

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Refreshing and New

I find this story very interesting.
almost Gunslinger like.
Its new , refreshing and both well written and narrated.
I'd like to see more of this.
Highly recommended.

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Slight disappointment.

I love Lansdale as well as the reverend. However, I was extremely disappointed to find that this was not a new short story collection. It was merely all of the stories about the reverend compiled together that he had written previously. Had I not already heard all but one of them, I would have adored this book. If you are new to the reverend's stories this book if for you.

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Yuck..?

Voice actor is great.

Author on the other hand...? He might want to seek out a therapist.

The amount of sexual dialogue he jams in at EVERY opportunity got extremely old (I gave up by chapter 10) in itself, but his character is a Priest? But that’s not all...the sexual scenes are all related (no pun intended) to him & his sister. Yeah...& at first I was like “...okay..?..” but continued on, until after about the 5th mention of him missing sleeping w/ his sister every time a woman is mentioned ... I finally said that’s enough.

I’m sorry, but it’s very obvious in my eyes when anyone is trying to keep pushing something they can’t get off their mind, & this was so gross & distractingly cringe that I couldn’t help but feel the author wrote a story as some incestuous fan fiction, using the plot as a cover for an excuse to do it.

By chapter 8+ I knew nothing about the character, aside from him being a Reverend simply due to it being said non stop...his mission (other than he i GUESS hunts...monsters?? Demons? ?) or the story itself besides being set in the old west I more less just assumed... the only two things that are clearly detailed is 1) he suffers from terrible nightmares. & 2) he is in love with his sister, & is a deeply perverted man, that has almost nothing but sex w/ her on his mind.

Sucks, cuz the voice work is A+ ... but the writing talent is OK at best, & the substance is as I said...just perverted trash. There are easier ways to write a novel about a mans desire to have constant relations w/ his sister than to try & hide it behind a “horror” novel...I use horror VERY loosely.

If you don’t mind the constant references to incest, maybe you’ll eventually get something of this...but after about the 6th or 7th mention in a period of 2 chapters, I was done.

BTW; what about this mans character makes him a man of God in any way at all?? I never once got the feeling he is, or even WAS & just lost his faith..

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Joe Landsdale Doesn’t Disappoint

A Hap and Arnold fan, I came here with joyful anticipation. As my headline suggests these stories didn’t disappoint. I will say that the tales found within aren’t evenly matched some falling inferior to others. Overall the collection is enjoyable and worth a look.

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An intro to Joe R Lansdale

If you could sum up Deadman's Road in three words, what would they be?

Weird Western Romp

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jebidiah Mercer is badass, may not be the guy one would want as a rescuer

What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

his voice conveys the

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Hey remember the Jonah Hex movie? you don't, ...good. this is the version you want to see

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"Hero" is completely unlikable

The hero is completely unlikable from go. I adore anti- heroes as a rule, but this one showed up as a giant bully and ****.
Noped right out before the first chapter was over.

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don't waste your time.

started out halfway decent but once the "backstory" or main plot ended went to hell. turned into a bunch of random short stories that have no point,no ending, and over all just a waste of my time. better off listening to a kids book would have a better plot and probably make more sense.

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The Good Reverend Deals .45 Caliber Justice

Spot on with Jonah Hex reference. This could be interesting on Netflix. Too bad Bruce Campbell is getting long in the tooth. He could bring some Evil Dead to the part.

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Just a good time!

This listen was just fun, it rolled in the horror and old west in a way that I really enjoyed! highly recommend!

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