Featuring Ed Gorman, Norman Partridge, Bentley Little, Robert J. Randisi, Jon L. Breen, Dave Zeltserman, Jeremiah Healy, and many others!
Cemetery Dance Publications is pleased to announce On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir edited by Ed Gorman, Dave Zeltserman, and Martin H. Greenberg, which we’ll be publishing this spring as an affordable, clothbound TRADE hardcover and also as a deluxe traycased Lettered Edition signed by many of the contributors! (Many of our Lettered Editions lately have been selling out in a matter of hours or days, and we don’t expect this one to be any different. The Lettered Edition is the only signed edition of this book, so don’t wait to order!)
This title has already received tremendous reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, so we expect there to be a lot of demand for the trade hardcover edition. Be sure to preorder to receive FREE US SHIPPING and a guaranteed 1st Edition, 1st Printing!
For generations raised on the Saturday afternoon thrills of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, the appearance of the so-called “psychological westerns” of the Forties, Fifties and Sixties came as a surprise. And, to some who didn’t care for them, a shock.
With such films as Blood On The Moon, Winchester `73, and The Naked Spur, audiences saw characters very much like themselves emotionally. Critics argued the authenticity of some of the history in these films but there was no denying their power. Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch confirmed, once and for all, that the western had changed forever, psychologically and sometimes politically relevant to our own times.
On Dangerous Ground features stories of every kind, all with a western setting, all with darkness at their core. And all with the kind of edge that demonstrates how timeless the form is when used well.
Table of Contents:
“Introduction” by James Sallis
“Hell” by Bentley Little
“All Good Men” by Terry Tanner
“Burl Lockhart’s in Town” by Steve Hockensmith
“Canticle” by Desmond Barry
“Colt” by Ken Bruen
“Piano Man” by Bill Crider
“Desert Reckoning” by Trey R. Barker
“Lucky” by Harry Shannon
“Going Where the Wind Blows” by Jan Christensen
“The Old Ways” by Ed Gorman
“In Some Countries” by Jerry Raine
“The Cartoonist” by Jon L. Breen
“Durston” by Norman Partridge
“Emma Sue” by Dave Zeltserman
“Hell Hath No Fury” by T. L. Wolf
“Vanity” by Jeremiah Healy
“Cowards Die Many Times” by Robert J. Randisi
“Lead Poisoning” by Gary Lovisi
“The Conversion of Carne Muerto” by James Reasoner
“Last Song of Antietam” by Patrick J. Lambe
“Through the Golden Gate Bridge” by Terence Butler
Reviews for the Book:
“A wild posse of outlaws populates this dark, moody collection of 21 character-driven tales derived from the psychological westerns popular in the 1950s. Though set primarily in the old American Southwest, these dusty noirs flare with life, death, animosity, danger, duplicity, and realistic characterization… From Santa Fe and San Francisco to the Oregon Trail, the action and adventure consistently thrill and mystify in this unique anthology of the rugged west.”
— Publishers Weekly
“This is classic noir fiction at its very best. This skillfully crafted anthology will have great appeal to fans of noir fiction, pulp fiction, and Westerns. The escapism provided through journeying into the bleak shadow-side of human nature allows readers to be guided into a more hopeful reality.”
— Library Journal