Book Review: Ghost Towns

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Ghost Towns is an anthology of short stories by classic and contemporary western writers. Not all the stories are Weird Western stories, with elements of the fantastic or supernatural, but all feature abandoned and decrepit towns or villages from the Old West, and the beings, alive or dead, that haunt them.

There are fifteen stories in all, and several are sure to strike your fancy. Boom towns gone bust, abandoned oases of civilization returning to the elements, eerie landscapes. It’s all here. The stories deal with revenge from beyond the grave, righting ancient wrongs, the hunting habits of unnatural creatures and beasts, or people taking refuge in aabandoned, isolated, or dangerous places.

Editors Martin H. Greenberg and Russell Davis offer a foreword that discusses the enduring appeal of ghost towns. Traditional westerns have typically steered clear of the supernatural, but the farther we roam from the Old West, the more the stories of a bygone era forge a kinship with fantasy.

I flew through the 352 pages of this book and enjoyed it whether it was daytime or night time. If you have a hankering for stories about literal or metaphorical ghosts and the deserted towns they haunt, check out Ghost Towns.

About Patrick Dornhttp://patrickdorn.wordpress.comPlaywright, Fiction Writer, Theatre Critic.

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