REVIEW: “This is the gold rush of Weird Westerns, with more gunslingers, demons, fiery ladies of the evening, time travel, playing poker with the devil, and big ol’ bugs than you can shake a stick at.” —Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble reviews DEAD MAN’S HAND: “This is the gold rush of Weird Westerns, with more gunslingers, demons, fiery ladies of the evening, time travel, playing poker with the devil, and big ol’ bugs than you can shake a stick at.” [review]

REVIEW: “Entertaining […] Every narrative is strong and held my attention.” —Criminal Element

Criminal Element reviews DEAD MAN’S HAND: “Like most collections, some entries are more entertaining than others but every narrative is strong and held my attention. Often I was left trying to figure where the author was headed and more often than not I was wrong. And that’s always welcomed.” The review singles out the contributions by Lansdale, Howey, Winters, Foster, and Yant as the highlights of the book. [review]

NEWS: New “Free Read” Added: “Second Hand” by Rajan Khanna!

You can now read the full text of Rajan Khanna’s story, “Second Hand,” over in Lightspeed Magazine. Enjoy!

P.S. You can also check out his story set in the same milieu, “Card Sharp.”

NEWS: DEAD MAN’S HAND is Now on Sale!

The US edition of DEAD MAN’S HAND, from Titan Books, is now on sale! Huzzah!

Check out the BUY THE BOOK page to find out where you can find the book (short answer: anywhere books are sold). If you’re in the UK, you’ll have to wait until May 30. Visit the same link to find out where you can acquire it. It’s available in Trade Paperback, Ebook, and Audiobook format.

If you’re a member of the media, and you’d like to cover the anthology in some fashion, please see the CONTACT/REVIEW COPIES page for more information.

REVIEW: “John Joseph Adams can do no wrong as far as short-story anthologies go.” —Pixelated Geek

“John Joseph Adams can do no wrong as far as short-story anthologies go; he has a knack for finding some of the best short-story writers out there, and I’ve found something to enjoy in every one of his collections. […] What really stands out about this collection is the sense that each of these could have easily been expanded into a much larger story. […] These were short stories, but none of them were small.” —Pixelated Geek [review]


As I read “La Madre Del Oro” I felt like I was in the Old West, encountering a delightful mix of authentic dialect, conversation, names, and locations that placed me—the reader—firmly on the scene. How did this story come together as you were writing it? Did you mine from favorite stories, movies, and TV shows? What informed the cowboy within as you crafted “La Madre Del Oro”?

I’m not much of a cowboy, nor do I have an inner cowboy to rely on.  I did a lot of research for this story about the time period and location.  It was interesting work.  I’d known very little about the New Mexico Territory before it became a state, but now I know a little more.  The setting is as accurate as I could make it.  The Trail of Death and the Camino Real are real places, and as forbidding today in summer as they were then—minus air conditioning.  I’ve seen cowboy movies, but they were never a great interest of mine.  I liked some of the Sam Peckinpah flicks and a couple by Sergio Leone.   Memories of some books I’d read came in handy—Welcome to Hard Times by E. L. Doctorow, some of Cormac McCarthy’s books. As for the location, I traveled around Arizona a couple years ago, out to the ancient Hopi dwellings, and the landscape in those places gave me a sense of what the Southwest was like.   JJ Adams had a great copyeditor working on this book, and he/she (?) helped to keep me honest with the historical details about the LeMat pistol, the New Mexico Territory, the nods to the Spanish language, etc. Continue reading ›


The Northwest Pacific Express is a very unique train. How did you come up with the idea for it and for the “mechanics” of how it works?

John first invited me to be part of Dead Man’s Hand because of Cowboys & Aliens, a comic I wrote that got made into a movie. And I wanted to do the complete opposite of that story, so going from science fiction to high fantasy seemed a logical other direction. And being a rather well-rounded (and huge) nerd, I knew a lot about ley lines and dragons and realized it’d be fun to combine the two into a Weird Western train heist, which is at its core is what “Neversleeps” is. Continue reading ›

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Walter Jon Williams

I love the voice of the Commodore, but I was curious about who he was talking to throughout. Do you imagine this is a running monologue he’s telling himself, in keeping with maniacal villains’ tendencies to ramble about themselves? Or do you imagine there’s someone writing it all down, to show the world later?

I imagine him muttering to himself as he’s pacing the quarterdeck, telling himself a story that he’s obsessively told himself before, all while waiting for the Condor to turn up—and when that happens, the story shifts to present tense, and we’re into the climax. Continue reading ›

REVIEW: “This anthology succeeds [and contains] many gold nuggets.” —Tangent Online

For those of you who really like to read a thorough review of something before buying a book, here’s one of the most epic reviews I’ve ever seen. Tangent reviews Dead Man’s Hand and not only reviews each story individually (and in depth!) but provides TWO entirely separate takes on the book from two different reviewers. (Each reviewer reviews every story!) The TL;DR version is: They liked it! [review]


You hint at the world in “The Devil’s Jack,” drawing enough of a picture for us to understand the realm Jack has to deal with, but leaving us wanting more. Was this a sandbox you’d played in before, or were the demons, magicians, and devil created whole cloth for this anthology?

At the time, I’d written one previous story in the Devil’s West—“Crossroads,” which was published by Fantasy Magazine in 2011. That story actually originally came out of a writing exercise I’d set for my students—to be a good sport I played along, and out of that opening paragraph came an entire world! The idea of a divergent history, a space in the ‘real’ world where magic held sway in a very practical, non-fantastical way … it appealed to me too much to let it go. I had a feeling that there were more stories in this world—three, so far. In fact, there turned out to be novels there as well. I just sold three books set in the Devil’s West to Saga Press/Simon & Schuster! The first one, Silver on the Road, will be published in 2015. Continue reading ›

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