On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir

On Dangerous Ground Ed Gorman Dave Zeltserman Martin H. Greenberg Cemetery DanceOver the next two days we will be reviewing 18 stories from the anthology On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir that was edited by Ed Gorman, Dave Zeltserman and Martin H. Greenberg

Here is the synopsis and Table of Contents:

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

Check back throughout the day today and tomorrow as our guest reviewers take a closer look at On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir.

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Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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  1. Just love these projects. All of them take me in new directions. This one most of all.

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