Deadman's Road by Joe R. Lansdale

By Joe R. Lansdale

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

The Wild West hasn't ever noticeable the likes of Reverend Jebediah Mercer, a troublesome guy wielding a burning Bible within the conflict among God and the satan, in an unending fight he’s uncertain he cares who wins. Laced with fast moving motion, nonstop humor, and spine-tingling horror, Deadman’s highway is your trip to hell, within which a vengeful shaman curses the city by means of conjuring a doubtless unstoppable military of the undead; an ill-advised shortcut ends up in a bees’ nest of terror; a guy stands condemned, no longer for murdering his spouse yet for elevating the Lovecraftian horror that killed her; a girl is attacked via werewolves and left for lifeless in a ghost city; and a mining camp faces off with a horde of cannibalistic fiends.

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There were no numbers or codes on it, just two words: plato’s cave. Rita stared at it, her spine tingling at the thought of the net closing in around Tony Kavella. ’ she asked. ‘At first we thought it was a smartcard with a chip, the kind used as a security pass, that sort of thing. ’ He gave a grin. ‘The technology and software embedded in this card are cutting edge, heavily encrypted, worthy of military security, and we can’t even begin to crack it. ’ ‘Well, not quite. Her things were scattered between the bedside table, the bed and the fireplace.

The top expert in the field is a young professor out at Monash University. His name’s Byron Huxley. He’s your best bet. If you sign for it you can take the card with you. ’ ‘Thanks,’ said Rita. ’ Rather than heading out to the university in one of Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs, Rita decided to touch base at the office. She noticed the morning newspapers lying on the desks as she walked into the squad room. They’d picked up from where the TV news bulletins had left off. The headlines took their cue from Mike Cassidy’s report.

Yet it did predict there would be more to come. Were the police simply guessing, or did their profiler have a special insight into the dynamics of the game that was up and running? It would be a challenge to get close to her and find out. But not now. It was time to switch off. He picked up the remote control and turned off the television. Then he got up, shrugging off any feelings of involvement, picked up the bronze-coloured mask beside him and put it away. Crime lab scientist Dale Quinn was an enthusiast who enjoyed his work, wore his hair in a ponytail and talked too fast.

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