Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Hawthorne: Bad Sanctuary

   I think I downloaded this E-book within fifteen minutes of the announcement that it had been uploaded. That's how anxious I was to get a new Hawthorne tale from author Heath Lowrance. I enjoyed the three previous Hawthorne Weird Westerns and this new one doesn't disappoint.
   In Bad Sanctuary the mysterious gunman Hawthorne trails a murderer to an abandoned army fort where various outlaws, drifters, and other neer do wells have taken up residence. When he arrives he finds himself dealing not only with gun toting owlhoots, but also with a supernatural menace that has links to his past. We get a few glimpses of Hawthorne's history in this story and Lowrance has promised an actual origin story soon.
   One of the things that has really impressed me about all the Hawthorne stories is Lowrance's ability to come up with original supernatural creatures. The Spider Tribe were a particularly creepy creation and the weirdies (as jack Kirby would call them) for the new story, a pair called The Sisters, are nightmare inducing and not quite like anything you've seen before. As a fan of both the Western and horror genres, I really enjoy seeing how Lowrance melds the two. You get gunplay and action and some fine, scary, scenes.
   Plus, I just like the way the guy writes. Tight and hardboiled. Vivid, but with no wasted words. I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series and hoping for a full out Hawthorne novel at some point. Highly recommended.


Heath Lowrance said...

Heya, Charles, thanks so much for the kind words!

Charles R. Rutledge said...

Well deserved, Heath, Great story.