Joe R. Lansdale , John L. Lansdale Hell's Bounty

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If the Western town of Falling Rock isn’t dangerous enough due to drunks, fast guns and greedy miners, it gets a real dose of ugly when a soulless, dynamite-loving bounty hunter named Smith rides into town to bring back a bounty, dead or alive—preferably dead. In the process, Smith sets off an explosive chain of events that send him straight to the waiting room in Hell where he is offered a one-time chance to absolve himself. Satan, a bartender also known as Snappy, wants Smith to hurry back to earth and put a very bad hombre out of commission. Someone Smith has already met in the town of Falling Rock. A fellow named Quill, who has, since Smith’s departure, sold his soul to The Old Ones, and has been possessed by a nasty, scaly, winged demon with a cigar habit and a bad attitude. Quill wants to bring about the destruction of the world, not to mention the known universe, and hand it all over: moon, stars, black spaces, cosmic dust, as well as all of humanity, to the nasty Lovecraftian deities that wait on the other side of the veil. It’s a bargain made in worse places than Hell. Even Satan can’t stand for that kind of dark business. The demon that has possessed Quill, a former co-worker of Satan, has gone way too far, and there has to be a serious correction. And though Smith isn’t so sure humanity is that big of a loss, the alternative of him cooking eternally while being skewered on a meat hook isn’t particularly appealing. Smith straps on a gift from Snappy, a holstered Colt pistol loaded with endless silver ammunition, and riding a near-magical horse named Shadow, carrying an amazing deck of cards that can summon up some of the greatest gunfighters and killers the west has ever known, he rides up from Hell, and back into Falling Rock, a town that can be entered, but can’t be left. It’s a opportunity not only for Smith to experience action and adventure and deal with the living dead and all manner of demonic curses and terrible prophecies, it’s a shot at love with a beautiful, one-eyed, redheaded-darling with a whip, a woman named Payday. But it’s an even bigger shot at redemption. Saddle up, partner. It’s time to ride into an old fashioned pulp and horror adventure full of gnashing teeth, exploding dynamite, pistol fire, and a few late night kisses.
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    Hell's Bounty

    misspider

    12. January 2016 um 07:04

    After a very unfortunate accident, a bounty hunter finds himself in a weird saloon, which operates as kind of the last outpost on his way to hell. However, when Satan offers him a last job on Earth, Smith can't deny - after all, the awaiting alternative would be very painful for him. Therefore, Smith is sent back one more time in order to stop a bad guy named Quill. Already a bad-ass while human, Quill now is a demon-possessed monster ruling over town with his army of ghouls and the intention of releasing some ancient gods named the Old Ones into our world. Together with a group of survivors and a posse sent right up from hell, Smith takes on his last bounty hunt... There were a lot of very weird but also witty scenes and characters in this book, and I loved Snappy aka Satan working as a bartender in his hellish saloon. The author expertly managed to create some powerful images in my head, and I could easily visualize each character as well as the typical western setting. The combination of western and horror worked very well together. The story contained a large portion of good old-fashioned shooting and fighting. Towards the end, a number of new yet eerily familiar characters were brought into the story as support for Smith. But while they were an interesting bunch it seemed their only purpose was to die in one or another fancy way during the final battle, which thus was unnecessarily prolonged. Overall a very unique and entertaining novel. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

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