Deadwood meets The Walking Dead in this wild and profane Western romp featuring zombies, werewolves, killer bees, and one pissed-off gun-slinging preacher.
The Wild West has never seen the likes of Reverend Jebidiah Mercer, a hard man wielding a burning Bible and a bottle of whiskey in the battle between God and the Devil. Frankly, he’s not sure he gives a damn who wins.
As the not-so-good Reverend tangles with a vengeful shaman and his undead army and joins a renegade named Flower to battle a horde of cannibalistic fiends, only this is certain: Mercer’s blasphemous journey is laced with relentless action, terrifying evil, and nonstop humor.
This supernatural epic of the Old West that never was will leave you heartily cheering for the good guys—if you can just figure out who the good guys are.
Evil is lurking in the Old West, plaguing towns and killing people. Who can stop the monsters but a messenger of God? Jebediah is a strange twist on the anti-hero. He isn’t your ordinary preacher but a gun-toting, whiskey drinking Reverend, seeking redemption. There is a little bit of everything here for horror lovers. Deadman’s Road compiles 5 short stories of Jeb’s trials and tribulations.
It starts with ‘Dead in the West’ in a town plagued by zombies and vengeful man posessed by a demon. This was the longest of the collection taking up half the book and definitely my favorite! I think this is really where Jeb realizes what God has in store for him, not that he ever actually speaks to him or anything. When Jeb travels on to ‘Deadman’s Road’ his character is a bit different – almost as if he is a pro at all things that go bump in the night. I thought that was a bit strange since in the first story he didn’t know anything about them…but I guess he did walk away with a book that might have given him the knowlegdge. Still at this point I felt a bit of a disconnect and Jeb wasn’t the same person to me. From this point on it was like I had to get to know his character over. Next in ‘The Gentleman’s Hotel’ he happens into a town filled with the ghosts of people murdered by werewolves – oh yes and one living and kicking working girl. Jeb is a freaking kick ass gunslinger, and resourceful to boot. When all’s handled there he helps discover in ‘the Crawling Sky’ what became of a man’s wife. The collection finishes off in “The Dark Down There’ with Jeb and an unlikely companion exploring the evils inhabiting a mine.
Jebediah’s mission from God is to root out Evil in service to a God he seems to hate. Which I found really hilarious. Normally I stay away from books with any religious overtones but this was just funny. 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!