Monday, July 09, 2012

The Long Black Train

"There was a smoldering rage in Hawthorne all the time, a rage just under his surface, and the victimization of the innocent sparked that rage and turned it into a blazing fire." I'm thinking Solomon Kane and the cowboy bounty hunter known as Hawthorne would get along. I just read Heath Lowrance's second Hawthorne Supernatural Western The Long Black Train and really enjoyed it. It's got all the things you want in a western, Guns, horses, and a tough hombre hero, plus a big helping of gruesome horror. From the moment that a fat man with a valise full of knives gets on board the train you are in dark and macabre territory, a hell bound night journey through a bleak and desolate western landscape. Seriously this one rocks and it's only .99 cents on kindle. The kindle seems to be bringing back short stories and novellas in the pulp tradition, which is great. Some days you don't want to work your way through a 600 page doorstop of a novel. You just want something quick and entertaining. The Long Black Train is that, plus it's well written in a tight, almost hard boiled style. If you're a fan of the weird western genre, Lowrance has got you covered. I plan on checking out his previous Hawthorne tale, That Damned Coyote Hill, and I'll be looking for new stories as they hit the net.


Heath Lowrance said...

Hey, Charles, thanks so much for the kind review, I appreciate it!

Charles R. Rutledge said...

You're welcome, and thank you for the great story.