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Things that Go Bump at High Noon! Tales of the Weird Wild West from Charlaine Harris, Mike Resnick, D.J. Butler, Stephen Graham Jones, and more.

Baen’s Bestselling Western Fantasy and Horror Anthology Returns for Another Showdown!

Once again, we return to the Old West with a new posse of top authors spinning tales of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. We take no prisoners as they explore what really was, and mix in what might have been.

Charlaine Harris [The Sookie Stackhouse Series, Midnight, Texas] shows us a glimpse inside her new series as a tormented gunfighter faces a true demon of her past. Mike Resnick [The Buntline Special] reveals what Doc Holiday thought was so funny on his last day. Jeffrey Mariotte [Desperados, Graveslingers] introduces us to a man who specializes in pictures of the dead who won’t stay dead. Jane Lindskold [The Firekeeper Saga, The Star Kingdom Series (with David Weber)] teaches us not to underestimate a schoolmarm when her students are in jeopardy. And Shane Hensley [Deadlands] cooks up a stew that threatens to send every famous lawman in history to their graves!

Plus, a dozen more stories of how the west was wilder than any history book could contain, such as a new Native American legend by Stephen Graham Jones and a Mormon troubleshooter straddling the line between his faith and the supernatural by D.J. Butler.

The west that was rides again with west that could have been in this follow-up to Straight Outta Tombstone!


Mike Resnick
D.J. Butler
Jane Lindskold
Shane Hensely
Jeffrey J. Mariotte
Steve Ransic Tem
Stephen Graham Jones
Derrick Ferguson
Frog and Esther Jones
Cliff Winnig
Jennifer Campbell-Hicks
Alex Acks
Marsheilla Rockwell
Mario Acevedo
Betsy Dornbusch
Travis Heerman

Cover Art by Dominic Harman

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

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ISBN-13: 978-1-4814-8432-9

Copyright © 2019 by David Boop

Foreword copyright © 2019 by David Boop; “Cookie” copyright © 2019 by Shane Lacy Hensley; “A Talk with My Mother” copyright © 2019 by Charlaine Harris; “The Greatest Horse Thief in History” copyright © 2019 by D.J. Butler; “The Doctor and the Spectre” copyright © 2019 by Mike Resnick; “Doth Make Thee Mad” copyright © 2019 by Jane Lindskold; “Sunlight and Silver” copyright © 2019 by Jeffrey J. Mariotte; “Pinkerton’s Prey” copyright © 2019 by Frog and Esther Jones; “The Relay Station at Wrigley’s Pass” copyright © 2019 by Derrick Ferguson; “Not Fade Away” copyright © 2019 by Cliff Winnig; “The Spinners” copyright © 2019 by Jennifer Campbell-Hicks; “The Stoker and the Plague Doctor” copyright © 2019 by Alex Acks; “Bigger than Life” copyright © 2019 by Steve Rasnic Tem; “Dreamcatcher” copyright © 2019 by Marsheila Rockwell; “El Jefe de la Comancheria” copyright © 2019 by Mario Acevedo; “The Petrified Man” copyright © 2019 by Betsy Dornbusch; “Stands Twice and the Magpie Man” copyright © 2019 by Stephen Graham Jones; “Blood Lust and Gold Dust” copyright © 2019 by Travis Heermann.

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