Shadows West

by Joe R. Lansdale, John L. Lansdale
Release date: January 2012
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: horror, short stories
Tags: western

Dust jacket illustration by Timothy Truman.

Subterranean Press is proud to present a 400+ page volume containing a trio of excursions into the very weird west — screenplays written solo by Joe R. Lansdale and in collaboration with his brother, John L. Lansdale. In addition to the classic, “Dead in the West”, two scripts make their debut in the pages of Shadows West.

Six guns and zombies, a chicken eating werewolf, deals with the devil, and things that go bump in the night. John Wayne never had to deal with these kind of shenanigans, or these kinds of rowdies. But Joe R. Lansdale and John L. Lansdale aren’t afraid, partner. They make this kind of material their everyday business. Compared to the cowpokes in their stories, John Wayne was a big sissy.

We got shoot-em-ups and bite-em-ups and blow-em-ups, and the appearance of classic bad guys, like Jesse James, sent straight from hell with a bad attitude. We got a horse black as the pit and fast as the wind. We got things that won’t die even when they’re dead. There are demons and ugly people, both inside and out, giant spiders and unnecessary cursing, and one hot red-head heifer with an eye patch and a bull whip.

Who could ask for anything more.

So, for your entertainment, pilgrim, here we have it: three screenplays that venture way out west... Way, way, way out west.

The Western and the horror film will never be the same.


  • Riding with the Dead (Introduction by Joe R. Lansdale)
  • Hell’s Bounty
  • Deadman’s Road
  • Dead in the West


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