November 20th, 2010


Dead in the West by Joe Lansdale

Dead in the West - A Zombie Western

Originally serialized in the 80's, it looks like Lansdale revised the text a it for this Nightshade Books edition from 2005. I can't knock it for not breaking any new ground, since it originates from a period long before zombies became trendy, an age when only zombie aficionados (and -phobes) spent much time on the zombie oeuvre.
Although it doesn't add much novelty, what it does do well is provide classic zombie and classic Western in a satisfying Reese's zombie western cup. The haunted preacher, the doc, the kid, the feckless sheriff, and a horde of walking dead. It starts slow and works itself up inevitably to a fast and frantic climax.
If I wanted to get hifalutin', I'd describe it in terms of the vengeance of the gods in the face of mortal transgression of xenia. But really, it's zombies in the Old West.

Parenthetically, I should note that I thoroughly enjoyed the Undead Nightmare add-on to Red Dead Redemption, which also provides a zombie western experience. I was pleasantly surprised by how much had been packed into this mini-campaign.

Accomplishments of the day

Assisted Dr. Pookie in performing surgery on one of the chairs. It had not occurred to us, dude, that there should be another dowel-y thingy connecting the back legs. Obviously there had been, but it had snapped off at some point, and the remaining one had snapped off at one side and been intriguingly repaired at some point. This repair did not last, necessitating some further reconstruction work. Pliers, saw, hacksaw, drill, and wood glue have been applied, and the patient is recuperating while the glue dries for one future ticklish operation. So far so good.

Currently watching over a pot of our chili recipe, with today's bonus ingredient: linguiça. Smells great and the paprika coloration is quite noticeable.