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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (UK) (30 May 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1783295465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783295463
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Joseph Adams is a bestselling editor, named the reigning king of the anthology world by Barnes & Noble. Orson Scott Card is the New York Times bestselling author of Ender's Game. Hugh Howey is the New York Times bestselling author of Wool.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blodeuedd on 22 July 2014
Format: Paperback
My thoughts:
I am going to make this short, because they stories are just that, some very short, and if I say too much, then I have said it all.

Introduction—John Joseph Adams
Now I know what weird western is...

The Red-Headed Dead—Joe R. Lansdale
Short story about a priest. Ok but really short.

The Old Slow Man and His Gold Gun From Space—Ben H. Winters
Weird, short and had a nice twist to it.

Hellfire on the High Frontier—David Farland
Maybe they work cos they are short, interesting. Anyway, I liked the stuff at the end. very cool. Something happens there ;)

The Hell-Bound Stagecoach—Mike Resnick
A nice weird one. I liked it.

Stingers and Strangers—Seanan McGuire
InCryptic tale. You can follow along even if you have read nothing from that "world".

Bookkeeper, Narrator, Gunslinger—Charles Yu
I did feel a bit confused with this one.

Holy Jingle—Alan Dean Foster
A bit so and so.

The Man With No Heart—Beth Revis
I wondered where this one was going and at the end I totally wanted a book about him. Cool.

Wrecking Party—Alastair Reynolds
Scary future for all of us, nice sense of doom

Hell from the East—Hugh Howey
I read it 30 min ago and have forgotten it already *checks* Right, sun dance. Ok the concept was interesting of what is to come

Second Hand—Rajan Khanna
Same with this one *check* Right, cards. Needed more explaining

Alvin and the Apple Tree—Orson Scott Card
I have not read the Alvin books so..who is Alvin? Anyway freaky town! Do not go there!
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Just to set the scene, I prefer short stories, have read lots of anthologies (on many different genres) and enjoy the ‘weird west’ setting.

So this book should be perfect for me then!

Yes – it certainly is.

All anthologies I have read before have the usual mixed quality from poor to excellent. These stories are all good to excellent. Whilst all the tales have a satisfactory ending, a lot are as though they should be in a series – I wanted to read more about the exploits of the central character(s).

This is certainly a sign of a good story in my opinion – leaving me wanting more.

This a little bit of steam punk or clockwork punk here and there, nothing major and it is in the background - all the stories are character driven.

One I will again and again - highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent anthology of the Weird West 22 May 2014
By Matthew Scott Baker - Published on
Format: Paperback
For some reason, my reading preferences never led me towards Westerns. I read just about everything else genre-related (well, except for romance), but never got into that area. I’m not sure why. I guess horror dominated my tastes. So imagine my surprise and delight when Titan Books released DEAD MAN’S HAND, an anthology of the Weird West. I was intrigued to say the least, but I had no idea the treasures this book held in store for me. Within its pages are a vast array of bizarre and horrific stories that will enthrall even the staunchest of genre fans. And I will bet there’s something in there for non-fans as well.

I am so proud to own a copy of this book. It is chocked full of mesmerizing tales that will stun and engage readers of every kind. And it boasts some highbrow talent as well, including a few of my favorites: Tobias S. Buckell, Alan Dean Foster, Tad Williams, and Jonathan Maberry.

Every story in DEAD MAN’S HAND is written well and carefully crafted for maximum impact. The wide variety of talent showcases a multitude of unique voices and highlights each author’s distinctive style of storytelling. As a result, it is very easy to jump from one story to the next.

This great diversity of writers is one major aspect of what makes this book so enjoyable. I liked every story in this collection, obviously some more than others. But each one was a pleasure to read, and in doing so, I found a few more authors who I plan on checking out in the future.

One of my favorite stories in DEAD MAN’S HAND is “Strong Medicine” by Tad Williams. In this tale, a man arrives in town in order to help them…but nobody in town knows what he’s supposed to help with? As sundown approaches, strange things start to happen, and only the stranger knows what is going on. I love this tale because it caught me off guard; I never expected the events that were to happen within it, and the surprise is a lot of fun.

DEAD MAN’S HAND is an excellent anthology, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good, unique story. There’s so much to like in this book, including science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. As such, I would wager there’s something for everybody here. Give it a look for sure.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
23 Tales of The Old West With Elements of the Fantastic 13 May 2014
By VicG - Published on
Format: Paperback
John Joseph Adams in his book, “Dead Man’s Hand” published by Titan Books brings us An Anthology Of The Weird West.

From the Back Cover: HOW THE WEST WAS WEIRD!

From a kill-or-be-killed gunfight with a vampire to an encounter in a steampunk bordello, the weird western is a dark, gritty tale where the protagonist might be playing poker with a sorcerous deck of cards, or facing an alien on the streets of a dusty frontier town.

Here are twenty-three original tales—stories of the Old West infused with elements of the fantastic—produced specifically for this volume by many of today’s finest writers. Included are Orson Scott Card’s first “Alvin Maker” story in a decade, and an original adventure by Fred Van Lente, writer of Cowboys & Aliens.

Other contributors include:
Tobias S. Buckell * David Farland * Alan Dean Foster * Jeffrey Ford * Laura Anne Gilman * Rajan Khanna * Mike Resnick * Beth Revis * Fred Van Lente * Walter Jon Williams * Ben H. Winters * Christie Yant * Charles Yu *

I think what usually comes to mind when we hear the word, “Western” are images of cowboys, horses, holstered six-guns tied down at the thigh for a quick draw, stagecoaches, cattle drives and frontier town. The list could go on and on but I would be pretty sure it would not include androids, time travel, dinosaurs, flying ships and other out of place things. That would be just Weird! John Joseph Adams has taken all this into consideration and brought us twenty-three tales of the Old West that John Wayne would never appear in. All these authors have brought a fresh spin to these tales and they are riveting entertainment. The title comes from the cards, aces and eights, that were in Wild Bill Hickok’s hand as he was gunned down from behind while playing poker. So saddle up it is time for Weird Western Tales, stories of the Old West infused with elements of the fantastic. “Dead Man’s Hand” is great fun. Let me assure you if you like westerns then you are going to really enjoy this. I recommend it highly! I really hope Mr. Adams will bring us another of these wonderful anthologies.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hard to put down! 16 Jun. 2014
By David Chamberlain - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What's not to love? Some of the best current writers showing off their skills in a Western-themed collection of short stories. Think "The Wild, Wild West" meets steampunk and monsters. Dive in and you won't be disappointed! The only thing you won't link is that the book isn't longer. You will definitely want to read more of all these authors: some are old friends and some are new - all are wonderful!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Saddle up! 6 Oct. 2014
By Donald C. Weiss, Jr. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The wide open territory of the “weird west” is traversed in this off-beat collection.

The concept of blending disparate genres together can be hit or miss, yet remains a potent source of creativity for many writers looking to inject an infusion of fresh blood into the time honored traditions, as well as readers looking for something new and different on the shelves. DEAD MAN’S HAND presents traditional characters and settings of the Western blending with elements of Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, and History. There are vampires, werewolves, demons, aliens, and even dinosaurs permeating the pages, and they’re depicted without a hint of camp or parody. The writers treat the content of their work seriously, and the stories are better received for it.

As is the case with anthologies, the book as a whole may not please every single reader but there is sufficient variety from which to pick and choose, and many of the combinations are unusual enough to inspire initial interest. Whether that interest is sustained for the duration of each tale is dependent upon each reader’s individual tastes, but the majority of the stories are brilliantly crafted, with some bizarre twists, strong leading characters, clever dialogue, and an overall sense of wonderful escapism.

Highly recommended to fans of Westerns who are eager to see new spins put on the genre.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Zombie Todd - Published on
Format: Paperback
Like in any anthology, there are bound to be some stories that don’t grab your fancy. That’s just part of the hand the cards deal. However, in Dead Man’s Hand even the slower tales had me, because I couldn't help but wonder what could possibly come next. Dinosaurs? (yeah, there in there too!)
John Joseph Adams has collected a giant stack of some of the most interesting stories I've ever read, and when he did, he dropped ‘em in cowboy boots and slapped on a giant, black cattleman.

Some of the more interesting tales are Second Hand, a story of two magic card sharps who meet their match in a tiny little thing from the wrong end of the tracks; The Red-Headed Dead, a story of an old preacher on a mission from God; The Hell-Bound Stagecoach, a tale of a coach full of passengers who’d rather not be along for the ride; and Red Dreams; a tale of finding similarities with those who are different from yourself.

Really, what this book does is gives you everything you never knew you needed all in one fantastically entertaining experience. I’d say it sits somewhere between really good and excellent, but it’s something that you definitely will not read and soon forget about.
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