Hot Iron and Cold Blood: An Anthology of the Weird West
"Each short story is unique, carefully crafted, and memorable. A fun read from cover to cover." – MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
Desperados and yellow-bellies be warned: These ain’t your typical westerns…
Herein find legendary masters of anomalous Western and Horror stories—along with a posse of budding word-slingers—who all bring you an electrifying and frightening collection of extraordinary tales set in the Old West and beyond...
Within these pages, the improbable is made real: cowboys encounter a chimeric critter of the night; dinosaurs return as massive poltergeists; Chinese railroad workers are haunted by invisible frights; outlaws experience Cronenbergian body-horror; fallen-light stalks mother and daughter upon a wintry prairie; a headless horseman roams the badlands; otherworldly creatures hunt within our domain; screaming spectral birds nest within the damned; and gunslinging women with murderous skills annihilate foolish notions of a man’s world.
These are just a handful of the offerings in this body of macabre lore. So, mount your saddle-horse and join this gang of rogue authors for a ride down dark trails of terror and unsettling thoroughfares that lead deep into strange, nightmarish territory. Here you gallop through places where law has no dominion and Death constantly deals a grim hand—and where the iron is red-hot and the blood drips ice-cold.
Featuring stories by Joe R. Lansdale, Edward Lee, David J. Schow, Jill Girardi, R.J. Jackson, Vivian Kasley, Owl Goinback, Kenzie Jennings, Jeff Strand, Wile E. Young, and more. Edited by Patrick R. McDonough with an introduction by R.J. Joseph
Praise for Hot Iron and Cold Blood: An Anthology of the Weird West
“A fun, weird, horrific anthology as full of stars as the vast prairie night. It empties itself into you like six shots from a cursed gun. I had the best time reading it, and so will you.” —Andy Davidson, author of THE HOLLOW KIND
“You'll never find a finer anthology of infernal shoot-em-ups this side of perdition.” —Clay McLeod Chapma, author of Ghost Eaters
“The history of the American West hides a multitude of sins--and fears--now on display in Hot Iron and Cold Blood. Weird and wild, this ain't your grandmama's Gunsmoke.” —Alma, Katsu, author of The Hunger
"Weird Horror and Western Horror fans alike, you need this anthology! Begin your read and prepare to get lost in the dust and gunfire.” — Erica Robyn Reads, ericarobynreads.com
“HOT IRON AND COLD BLOOD puts the weird in the Wild West with this no-holds barred anthology of lore, legend, and lewdness.” —Candace Nola, author of BISHOP
"Strange, hilarious, pulpy, eerie, mysterious, even melancholy--each story is a gold nugget." —Dan Chaon, author of SLEEPWALK
“Hot Iron and Cold Blood is brutal and magical, familiar and strange. If you want a good Western with something unexplained and extraordinary, this is the anthology for you.” —Mercedes M. Yardley, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Little Dead Red and Fracture.
“A cattle drive straight to hell, Hot Iron And Cold Blood loops a hangman’s noose around your neck and drags you kicking and screaming through the bloody dust. The weird west has never been so enthralling and terrifying.” —Trevor Henderson, horror artist, author of Scarewaves
"Each short story comprising Hot Iron and Cold Blood: An Anthology of the Weird West is unique, carefully crafted, and memorable. A fun read from cover to cover." -–Midwest Book Review
“HOT IRON AND COLD BLOOD assembles a versatile outlaw gang of writers, each of them bringing suspense, horror, and bloody mayhem to the page. From Owl Goingback's tale of dark magic, to Brennan LaFaro's terrifying manifestation of regret; from Vivian Kasley's story of vengeance, to Joe R. Lansdale's Reverend Mercer facing off against a creature of the night, this collection plays with genre tropes while twisting them into something new--a genre unto itself, where the past is simply an untold story written in blood.” —Tyler Jones, author of MIDAS and BURN THE PLANS