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TOC: ‘Dead Man’s Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West’ Edited by John Joseph Adams

Editor John Joseph Adams has posted the table of contents for his upcoming anthology from Titan Books: Dead Man’s Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West.

Here’s come information from John’s announcement:

The twenty-two original works—produced specifically for this volume—will range from a brand new Orson Scott Card tale (his first “Alvin Maker” story in a decade), to an original adventure by Fred Van Lente (creator of Cowboys & Aliens). It will also include stories such as Elizabeth Bear’s story of a steampunk bordello, and new writer Rajan Khanna’s exploration of sorcery found in a magical deck of playing cards.

“The weird western is the forefather of steampunk, with a history that includes Stephen King’s Dark Tower and Card’s Alvin Maker,” editor John Joseph Adams explains. “But where steampunk is Victorian, weird westerns are darker, grittier, so the protagonist might be gunned down in a duel, killed by a vampire, or confronted by aliens on the streets of a dusty frontier town.”

The phrase “dead man’s hand’ refers to the poker hand held by Wild Bill Hickok when he was shot and killed by the coward Jack McCall. “What the hand actually was seems to be open to some debate,” Adams continues. “I suppose the only way we could ever know for sure would be to reanimate his corpse or to travel back in time … both of which are the stuff of the “weird western” tale—stories of the Old West infused with elements of the fantastic.”

And check out this star-studed table of contents:

  1. “Bamboolzed” by Kelley Armstrong
  2. “Karen Memory” by Elizabeth Bear
  3. “Sundown” by Tobias Buckell
  4. “Alvin and the Apple Tree” by Orson Scott Card
  5. “Clockwork” by David Farland
  6. “La Madre Del Oro” by Jeffrey Ford
  7. “Holy Jingle” by Alan Dean Foster
  8. “The Devil’s Jack” by Laura Anne Gilman
  9. “Second Hand” by Rajan Khanna
  10. “The Red-Headed Dead” by Joe R. Lansdale
  11. “What I Assume You Shall Assume” by Ken Liu
  12. “Ghostwood” by Jonathan Maberry
  13. “Stingers and Strangers” by Seanan McGuire
  14. “The Hell-Bound Stagecoach” by Mike Resnick
  15. “The Man With No Heart” by Beth Revis
  16. “Wrecking Party” by Alastair Reynolds
  17. “Neversleeps” by Fred van Lente
  18. “The Golden Age” by Walter Jon Williams
  19. “Medicine Dance, Arizona” by Tad Williams
  20. “The Old Slow Man and His Gold Gun From Space” by Ben Winters
  21. “Bookkeeper, Narrator, Gunslinger” by Charles Yu
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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on TOC: ‘Dead Man’s Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West’ Edited by John Joseph Adams

  1. I am not a big fan of the Weird West–but this is a sweet lineup of authors

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